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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.

Completed the out and back from the valley floor today (it is temporarily opened-check the Yosemite NPS site for updates). I loved every minute of it until you hit the viewpoint at Glacier Point. It was much more serene away from the lookout but it is worth seeing- just know there will be dozens of people sharing the views with you. The trail climbs a good amount of elevation in the 4.8 miles up. It traverses gradually the entire way and becomes a little lung burner after Union Point. However, the background is a million times worth it. You’ll have amazing views of Yosemite Falls, El Cap, and Half Dome.

Not really a hike as much as a stroll up a pavement. BUT it’s still something to see and absolutely beautiful. You can feel the mist from the waterfall from the road so of course you’ll get sprayed when walking up right to it. Is recommend a waterproof case for your phone and maybe water shoes when you do it. I don’t mind getting wet but some people had on plastic panchos so they could admire it without getting soaked.

We did this as an out and back starting from the west end of the valley. It was 8 miles. Loved the trail but the “lake” at the end isn’t worth the trip. We did do this with our dogs, and I’d say it’s the best and longest hike in Yosemite you can do with them. Besides the rim trail at the Grand Canyon, it’s the longest hike we’ve been able to do with them in the parks out west. For that reason, I’d definitely do it again, with them.

We did this as an out and back starting from the west end of the valley. It was 8 miles. Loved the trail but the “lake” at the end isn’t worth the trip. We did do this with our dogs, and I’d say it’s the best and longest hike in Yosemite you can do with them. Besides the rim trail at the Grand Canyon, it’s the longest hike we’ve been able to do with them in the parks out west. For that reason, I’d definitely do it again, with them.

We did this as an out and back starting from the west end of the valley. It was 8 miles. Loved the trail but the “lake” at the end isn’t worth the trip. We did do this with our dogs, and I’d say it’s the best and longest hike in Yosemite you can do with them. Besides the rim trail at the Grand Canyon, it’s the longest hike we’ve been able to do with them in the parks out west. For that reason, I’d definitely do it again, with them.

The trail will be open until 6pm Saturday May 25th. Will be closed ahead of a Sunday snow storm.

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1 day ago

Pretty. Solitary

Trail opened on the afternoon of May 23, per a park ranger.

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2 days ago

I booked a trip to yosemite from july 27-august 30 as a surpise birthday gift to my boyfriend, unfortunately i am unable to get permits to hike the half dome for july 30- if anybody has extra permits, please do let me know thru ig @nars_ryan08, thank ylu very much

need permit for july 15-19. just 1. coming in from out of state. insta : mrs_linds_renick

The Mist Trail is pretty moderate but very beautiful and worth the trek. The first .8 miles to Vernal Falls Bridge are flat and dry switchbacks. Once you pass the bridge and make your way up to Vernal Falls things start to get pretty wet and rocky. The rest of the trail is stairs carved into the rock and switchbacks. There’s a decent amount of water and water crossings on the trail so waterproof boots and outer shell are necessary. We did this trail yesterday, started a little later in the morning at 9am and finished in 4.5 hours (including lunch and multiple stops for shooting the falls). We took the JMT loop back down to the valley because the idea of climbing down all the wet and rocky steps with the rush hour crowds seemed terrible. I will def take the JMT route on the descent (and the ascent too) next time as it’s much more scenic and dry. It’s also a lot less steep and the switchbacks down were a breeze. The JMT only adds on maybe a mile extra to the RT total.

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muddy
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washed out
2 days ago

Difficult trail, so make sure you're prepared. Waterproof everything is a must. At least a waterproof jacket for walking up to Vernal Falls, but waterproof shoes and pants are also a great idea. At this time (late May), water is flowing and there are a lot of secondary waterfalls besides the main ones - one is actually in the path on the John Muir Trail and to have to walk through it. You WILL get soaked, and water is probably a foot deep. I also didn't realize how scary the steps were - I'm not a fan of hikes and the steps up are often on the edge of the cliff, especially up to Nevada Falls. Some areas have poor footholds and are slippery (especially with rain), or at least your shoes are at that point, so make sure you wear proper footwear. I made it and the views were well worth it. Highly recommend the longer John Muir trail down as scrambling down those steps with the crowds coming up is a stupid idea. Hike took just under 5 hours total, probably would have been faster with less crowds. The hike is very crowded up to Vernal Falls, most people turn back there though.

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2 days ago

Very muddy, running water down a good part of the trail, maybe partially due to lots of rain and snow this week. A couple fallen trees to navigate, where being short finally came in handy. Too foggy to see any great views, but we completed it just to say we did :D

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2 days ago

Hiking this June 24th and have a couple extra spots on my permit. Reach out on Instagram @mipadventures

VERY foggy, couldn’t see the falls :(

Great time. Backpacked in to the knoll above the falls. We had the mountain to ourselves.

This trail is deemed as “difficult”... “hard”, it is both, but this makes my third time doing this hike and i absolutely always see mostly novice hikers on this trail. My last trek on the Mist Trail was just the other day May 19th and i actually saw a guy in flip flops. Just for the mere safety aspect, I wish they would have a park ranger at the bottom stopping people who are ill prepared for walking on water and mud soaked granite in flip flops. There are several parts of this trail where you have maybe six inches of ground next to a sheer cliff, one wrong move and you are history! The views are spectacular and the spray from Vernal Falls is constantly spraying all over you... so prepare to get very wet on this hike. I highly recommend this trail if you are up for some extremely steep hills and breathtaking views... but be prepared for the danger of getting there!

This trail was more strenuous than I was prepared for! But the views and sense of accomplishment were worth the effort. Coming back down via the JMT was a safer option, especially given the crowds and narrow slick steps of the Mist Trail. Unfortunately there are those who treat it as a race and jeopardize the safety of those going slower. The waterfalls are so full right now...it’s snowed the last 3 days we’ve been here (in late May!) so I imagine they’ll be full and flowing longer than usual.

Stunning hike. Finished under five hours with a thirty minute lunch break. Snow at the peak in late May. The snow had melted into mud and slush on the way back which was slippery. Strenuous but doable.

Even with the hype It doesn’t disappoint. Went in early May when the falls were near peak. Absolute stunning views of the valley, half dome, and the falls. If the switchbacks wear you out halfway up, no need to push to the top, the best views are a few miles up where the falls, valley, and half dome are staring you in the face. Views at the top are great but you can’t see the falls from that vantage point. Either way, enjoy!

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3 days ago

Hiked the full loop today starting from the stables. The east side of the trial from a little ways north of Mirror Lake to about a half mile south of the bridge is barely passable. There was 20-25 minutes of scrambling over rocks and under trees. We had fun, but there were definitely a few places where the trial was hard to determine. If you want to scramble, go for it. If not, I’d recommend going up the road on the west side and turning around when you get to the second bridge. The views were better on that side anyway.

I agree with the “nice stroll to a waterfall” review. The pavement is a little slippery so step carefully! I recommend seeing Bridalveil Fall at the end of the day if you don’t have rain gear and don’t want to be wet all day! Very nice trail.

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3 days ago

Franklin Gonzalez, You don't need a permit to go to the base of the dome. It's only to go up the cables. I do it this way every year. The rangers have questioned me curiously, since most people don't do it that way. But when I tell them by friend fell 70 feet coming down the dome, they realize why I don't do the dome.

Any one knows if i can do the hike just to the base??? Or do i need a permit to get there too??

Hiked this yesterday 5/22 after a bit of snow fell the previous night. We started hiking before 8 am and the entire ascent was in the clouds with little to no visibility of the falls. The last set of switchbacks was covered in snow and I was very happy to have brought my microspikes and poles. Once at the top there was no view to be seen, but the fog lifted late morning, and the clouds and snow continued to melt away. If you make it to the top and it’s cloudy, it’s worth waiting to see if the clouds clear! Currently, there are so many little streams flowing on the trail that offer places to filter water, so if you have a filtration bottle you can start light on water and filter as you go! Bring layers, decent shoes and don’t wear cotton.

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closed
4 days ago

This trail is closed due to a winter landslide. Those who hike it now are taking a big risk. They were dynamiting large rocks on the trail last week. There is no estimate when it will open.

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4 days ago

Really steep switchbacks for the first 30 minutes up. First part is a bit boring because you’ve got no views. The view over the valley from Colombia Rock was amazing though. Took about an hour to get up and 40 mins to get back. Need to be reasonably fit for this hike. We didn’t go up to Yosemite Falls, but would’ve if we had time. Take lunch and eat it at the rock

Beautiful hike with a great diversity of views. Took us (novice hikers in our 30s) about 5 hours with a 30 min stop at top. Did it in early May and the falls were rushing. The mist trail is, not surprisingly, very wet in spots. Waterproof jacket and waterproof boots are handy. Make sure you allow a good hour at the top. If it’s a sunny day, you’ll happily sit in the rock, have some lunch and enjoy the views. The John Muir Trail was about a foot deep in water in one spot, but easy down other than that. We got to the trailhead at about 830am and it was started to get busy. The earlier the better.

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4 days ago

This is a very mild out and back climb with phenomenal views. We did this and Inspiration Point together as one hike. We had perfect weather (cold and just sunny enough) and had both viewpoints to ourselves. Park at Tunnel View and get there early before the tour buses and swarms of humans arrive. We parked around 0700 with just a few other people already there. Tunnel View was pretty quiet at that point so we shot some photos and headed on to the trail. Once we returned a couple hours from the hike the lots were full with tour buses and I suddenly felt like I was at Disneyland. Go early to park and escape the viewpoint as soon as possible to find some solitude on these trails.

Hiked this on 5/19/19 and had a blast! We wanted to the entire loop but there was a decent amount of rain and snow so we couldn’t find a lot of trail markers. We got to a point with a lot of deep water and down trees and couldn’t figure out a path to continue on. A few other hikers were out and no one could figure out a way to pass this point so the loop turned into an out and back. We got caught in a pretty gnarly snow fall there too but packed the appropriate layers so it ended up being a really fun trail! We ended up making it an out and back and did about 3-3.5miles. The first portion of the trail (after the paved path) is so beautiful. The trail follows the river and you see a lot of lush green forest and boulders. There were a good amount of down trees you must hike over. The trail itself is pretty flat. I’m sure in the summer it would be even more beautiful but the weather just made it a bit more adventurous. Hop on the Valley shuttle and take it to stop #17. It drops you off at the trailhead as there is no parking there. We took the shuttle back to the Majestic Yosemite Hotel after and had an insanely awesome brunch (if you’re okay splurging a little you must go to this brunch!!) Then we walked around the Valley Loop trail to get more miles in until we ended up back at our car in Yosemite Village.

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