Looking for a great trail in Yosemite National Park, California? AllTrails has 229 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 100 moderate trails in Yosemite National Park ranging from 0.6 to 62.2 miles and from 3,802 to 12,542 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most scenic and spectacular hikes in the world. Over 3.5 million visitors travel from all corners of the world every year to marvel at the waterfalls and hike the famous trails of the 3rd oldest national park in the United States (Established October 1, 1890). With over 800 miles of trails you are sure to keep yourself busy. Most visitors head straight for Yosemite Valley, but there are many great hikes in Wawona, Tuolumne Meadows and the Hetch Hetchy as well. The park's elevation ranges from 2000ft to 13,114ft (600m to 4,000m), stretching from Giant Sequoia groves housing 200ft trees over 2,000 years old, to breath-taking valleys carved by glaciers, and home to the highest waterfall in America, to alpine meadows filled with rivers, lakes, and wildflowers. Half Dome and El Capitan rise from the central glacier-formed Yosemite Valley, as does Yosemite Falls, North America's tallest waterfall. Three Giant Sequoia groves and vast wilderness are home to diverse wildlife. Tuolumne Meadows is a great area to visit to get away from the large crowds in Yosemite Valley. This area is a few thousand feet higher than the valley and may take some time before becoming completely acclimated. Wawona is in the south western part of Yosemite National Park and is much less visited compared to the Valley. There are several highlights of this area including the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia which was protected by Galen Clark 150 years ago and is home to over 300 massive Sequoias, some of the largest and oldest trees in the world still alive today.

hiking
1 hour ago

I’ve done this hike a few times now, twice during the day, once starting at midnight and doing the midnight trail, absolutely amazing , I’m going this weekend to do it starting at midnight ! If anyone is feeling up for it , anthony_moreno_14@yahoo.com

hiking
2 hours ago

This trail was steeper than I was expecting. The stairs to the falls and above are a lot, I’m short and large steps can be a challenge. However, the top was amazing. We took the trail up and around to get back out, it’s steep and rocky, but the view at the lookout was breathtaking. Totally worth it, and I wasn’t going to go down the wet steep steps back to the entrance. This trail out was easier to maneuver once heading down hill. It brought as back to the bridge crossing.

hiking
bugs
2 hours ago

Completed this in 13 hours with a group of 3, including spending 1.5 hours at the top and multiple breaks. Subdome was the toughest section, cables were not nearly as bad. Start early, we started the trail at 4 AM with headlamps and felt that was a good time to start. 4L of water was plenty, don’t bring too much because you will feel the weight after a few hours. From a cardio perspective, don’t attempt this trail if you can’t run a 9-min mile, you will have a terrible time.

hiking
4 hours ago

4 hours up and down, with a break to cool down the legs in the creek.. For those planning for this hike: This is a steep and technical trail. Do yourself a favor and leave early in the morning, 7.30am at the latest for my taste. The whole climb is exposed south and it quickly turns into a furnace. Wear good shoes and carry lots of water.

hiking
4 hours ago

Absolutely unreal views! My recommendations: Stay at Half Dome Village if possible. Nicely located just 0.4 miles from trailhead. I hit the trail at 3:30am. I literally didn’t see another person until I got pretty much to the cables. Met a few people with a very similar experience. My way down (last few miles) there was a zillion people headed up, though likely not all the way to the top because most were very casually dressed. There was maybe 10 or so of us around the cables when I went up. Way better than some of the YouTube videos I’ve seen with hundreds on the cables at one time. This is not an easy hike. Took me 8.5 hours but I could have saved 30 mins or so with shorter breaks. Bring at least 3 liters of water. Gloves are a must on the cables. Mine were $2 from WalMart and were perfect. Enjoy! It’s absolutely unreal.

hiking
6 hours ago

Looking for 2 permits for July 11, 12 or 13th if you have extra! Email: lauraesmith29@gmail.com IG: laurellen_ . My boyfriend and I have been training for this hike for three months and have unfortunately lost our permits as we had to cancel our trip when my grandmother passed away. We’ve now rescheduled to July 10-14 and are in need of permits. We’d love to hike with you! Thank you!

Short, easy, beautiful hike. A few muddy spots on the trail. Highly trafficked once about 9:30 hits. Went early and had the lookout to ourselves. Taft point is a beautiful spot to enjoy the wonders of Yosemite.

hiking
9 hours ago

Pretty nice walk among pretty magnificent trees. If you’ve never seen a sequoia, this is a must-do and you’ll likely rate it five stars. Having been to the Sequoia NP multiple times, I find it hard to give it anything more than four stars. There’s nothing categorically unique here that you don’t get in the other park, though the Grizzly Giant is indeed pretty cool looking and somewhat different from all the other giants over there.

Only try if you are in good condition.

hiking
rocky
scramble
12 hours ago

All trails has this one wrong! 23.6 miles is what my all trails recording end at from the valley floor. Very doable bring enough food and water! You would love the view! Start super early!!

Hiked on 6/23 and the views are incredible! Both falls are at peak right now and the power is spectacular! Be prepared when hiking up the Mist Trail to get drenched by Vernal Falls. Crowds will force you to take your time, which is good, because the granite rocks on the trail are slippery. We hiked the Mist Trail up to Nevada Falls and then back down the John Muir Trail. Highly recommend doing this route as it is a more gradual descent, there are incredible views of Nevada Falls and Liberty Cap, and you’ll avoid the madness of everyone getting soaked and the crowds near Vernal Falls. Awesome, but strenuous day!

hiking
16 hours ago

Hands down... a must hike when visiting Yosemite.

Hiked on 6/22/19. Great hike with amazing views! We parked at half dome village and took shuttle to stop #16. Couple tips: rain jacket or pancho. There is only 1 water station About 1 mile into hike. Bathrooms: at trail head, top of vernal falls and right before Nevada Falls. The bathroom at the vernal footbridge are not in service at the moment. The water falls are at their peak. We came back JMT less strenuous on the knees.

My favorite trail ever! So beautiful! Pretty strenuous, but deff worth it!

hiking
rocky
scramble
20 hours ago

trail had no over view the first 2miles about. but the half way point had a great overview and they just get better and better. the trail is switch backs about 3/4 the way and all rock stairs. can be done in regular shoes but I would advise some hiking boots or something with ankle support and it is a mainly uneven rock staircase the whole way up. I would agree with difficulty level on this trail

Fantastic sceneries

Great loop, we did it in 2days-1night. If you are able to push past where you first come in contact with snow creek, keep going foe another couple miles. Plenty of great camping with access to water. No encounters with the famous bear. Beautiful lookouts between Indian Rock and Yosemite Falls!

Great hike. We thought it would be an easy 4 miles in our first day in the park. We drove in and hit the trail. We underestimated the altitude and it kicked out butts! But still worth every step! Bring water and take your time. The flowers are amazing!

hiking
1 day ago

I have one extra spot on my permit for this Thursday 7/27 if anyone is interested please email me-Jenny.somma@gmail.com

Little muddy but plenty of alternative pathways to avoid getting your feet wet. Nothing spectacular about the hike until you hit the clearing. Unreal! 1.1 miles out and back from Sentinel Dome trailhead. If you do this one, you should consider doing the walk that overlooks the valley (pohona trail?)

You start at the crowded Sentinel Dome entrance so parking and bathroom lines are challenging. We headed toward Taft Point to the loop back around to Sentinel Dome via this trail. There were other hikers but it was not nearly as crowded as I thought it would’ve been (Sunday, 9AM start). The hike had some muddy spots but there were plenty of alternate paths to keep your feet dry. Views from Taft Point were epic. The walk back toward Sentinel Dome was spectacular. Really pretty views of El Cap, Yosemite Falls and the whole Yosemite Valley at a number of spots along the way. Not a hard hike, but if you are out of shape or have trouble walking up hills, it’ll be a challenge. You don’t have to climb over much but there are some spots that will require sure footing. Trail in great condition in general. A very pretty hike that I’d recommend. Took us 2.5 hours to go to Taft Point, back up to Half Dome overlook and then up to the top of Sentinel dome before returning to the lot.

hiking
1 day ago

It took us less than 6 hour return trip to complete the hike to Yosemite Point but I have to admit we went pretty fast. It is worth it to make it to Yosemite Point from Upper Fall.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
1 day ago

The trail was beautiful but there are still some fallen trees on the trail. You'd need cross them or go around them. The trail is not 13.3 miles. It is 16 miles and if you want to go a little bit around for pictures etc then it'll be about 18 miles. If you take detour to yosemite point and eagle peak then it's around 20 miles. Eagle peak is beautiful, you can see the high Sierra range on top of yosemite fall from there.

If anyone has 2 slots available for anytime after end of July this year, please email me at: sundersrinihome@gmail.com. Thanks.

Hiked the South trail up to the lake on 6/18/2019. Just past the lake sign and after the rock slide the trail has been washed out. To get to the bridge to cross over will take a bit of trail blazing through brush and hopping over rocks and climbing under downed trees. Didn't want to take my 5 and 7 year old though, so we turned around. It will go through, I scouted it, but made a judgement call for the kids.

hiking
1 day ago

Iconic Hike well worth the trouble. Make sure you have your permits as they are checking and have made it a crime to skirt the NPS employee checking permits. Mist trail is dangerous and slippery and you will get wet. Search and Rescue were up there taking someone out. Watch your step! I liked The John Muir Trail coming down. It’s a little longer but worth considering not having navigate step wet steps. You still have plenty of steps to get up Half Dome. A great hike anyway you slice it and well worth the time and hassle.

hiking
2 days ago

6/14/19 Trail was populated and not difficult at all. Gorgeous views

hiking
2 days ago

Make sure you have 4 litres of water and good pair of shoes when you start. Truly great experience!

This trial was amazig!! I would definitely recommend it. It is a very difficult trial but it is totally worth it.

I was really looking forward to this hike. There is unfortunately a lot of deadfall on the trail. Look at my pictures carefully. In my opinion, it is impassable in places. I ended up making my own trail. I would not recommend this trail until the NPS cleans it up. Could be an alternative to the Merced Grove trail across the Highway. The Rockefeller Grove is not marked, but it is interesting and full of history. There were also some neat views of the Northern part of Yosemite.

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