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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
5 hours ago

Challenging one for a beginner like me. Take it slow and you will get to the top. The payoff at the end is worth it.

hiking
bugs
rocky
snow
6 hours ago

Great trail to avoid crowds. We’ve started it at 10am and met maybe 8 people in total. Please note that you need to walk extra 2 miles one way to reach the trail head. There is a lot of mosquitos and even a tropical spray with Deet50% didn’t work. As long as we keep moving it was fine but the moment we stopped we were immediately surrounded by them (and we stopped quite a lot with the kids). At the moment the mosquitos have peak breeding season in standing water from the melted snow. I would go back but maybe later in the year when the water has dried and there is less mosquitos.

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 hours ago

I read so many reviews before completing this hike, and man.... I don’t know if people are just in amazing shape or by the time they write their review they forget to mention how physically draining this hike is! Forget the cables, they were a breeze. I bought some $3 gloves in Walmart that fit a bit loose but had a good grip, going down obviously was easier then going up. Just make sure you don’t move until you know you can stop at a place where you can rest your feet securely. What exhausted me was the uphill and constant scramble on rocks, especially the last 3 miles and the sub-dome that broke my knees and made me feel like I couldn’t go on! We started up the John Muir Trail at roughly 7:30am- that’s the way my friend who has completed Half Dome and the hike 9 times chose to go, to by-pass the steep rock steps up the Mist Trail. The hike is long and there is beautiful scenery 80% of the way. My backpack that I specifically chose for this hike felt like it was more then 50 pounds half way through, and made my steps heavy and made my neck hurt and feel stiff. I always considered myself to be in fairly good shape from being active my whole life, but this hike sure proved me wrong! Going down with knees that felt like they were swollen and every bend and incline was brutal. If I ever attempt this hike again, I am going to get an even smaller pack to fit only my water and some snacks for the way. Make sure I have a big dinner, eat a hearty breakfast (because I think I over exerted myself BIG TIME) and did not have enough in me so I got dizzy two times once at the beginning and once almost at the top of the cables (a friend helped me by giving me his lightweight black sunglasses to counter act the whiteness from the dome and the sun), and do some big time elliptical and stair climbing cardio for at least 4 months before! Oh and also start by 4am so I can have some rest time to recharge! I said “Never again!” But I think I will, I’ll just be better prepared ;) Also, their were Rangers who checked everyone’s permits with IDs. They will let you take someone’s extra permit but will not let you go up without one. We met dozens of groups who tried to go up without permits but they all got denied. Be warned.

hiking
8 hours ago

Headed up with our permit for 6 on Monday 7-29. Stoked for the trip. Will report back afterwards.

easy trail everyone should go on atleast once

hiking
closed
16 hours ago

Impassable rockslide at ~2 miles into hike. Sheer drop of >100 yards below small/loose rock clinging to the slope.

hiking
16 hours ago

7-14-19, There are 2 very large snow fields. The top one can be glissaded down. Going up I think staying to the left was better but either way you will make it around. Kind of brisk at the summit. Sky pilots are in bloom. Tough climb, walk slowly and safely.

hiking
18 hours ago

Hiked the cables on July 14th - 30km in 12 hours. It was one of the best experiences of my life! We started at 5am, got to the top at 10am, stayed at the top until 12pm, and then got back to the parking lot at 5pm. The hike isn’t “difficult”, it’s “strenuous” or “enduring”. My biggest piece of advice is DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE ANGLE AT WHICH YOU’LL BE CLIMBING UP/DOWN THE CABLES - I’m a 23 year old male who isn’t afraid of heights and I found it quite scary during the first 2/3 of the way up (and last 2/3 of the way down) the cables. The ranger tells you this as well, but just know your limits - there are some unsettling moments on the cables where you realize that if you slipped and lost grip you would die. 1. YOU NEED GLOVES. We had gardening gloves but I wish we would have had a material that sticks better to the metal cables. People without gloves were slipping because of the sweat on their hands. THERE IS NO BOX OF EXTRA GLOVES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CABLES. 2. YOU NEED SHOES WITH A DECENT GRIP. I was wearing my Nike training shoes and was sliding down the rock at a few points. If you don’t have fancy shoes with lots of grip then it’s not absolutely necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on new shoes, but just make sure you have SOME grip. 3. BRING A WATER FILTER. We hiked up with a 3L water pack in our bags but ran out of water at the top of half dome. On our way down we filled up at the river but ran out of water again by the time we got to the parking lot. Normally I do not drink a lot of water but trust me you will drink a lot of water on this hike (especially for a hot summer day in July). 4. START EARLY. We started at 5am but wished we would’ve started earlier (maybe 3am or 4am) because of the heat on the way down. Don’t worry about ‘missing’ the waterfalls on the way up because of the dark - you will come down the same path on the way back and the lighting will be perfect to take pictures of the falls then. 5. BRING SUNSCREEN. Seems like a no brainer but the sun just roasted us on the way down lol.

hiking
closed
off trail
20 hours ago

MULTIPLE ROCKSLIDES—NOT A THROUGH-HIKE. AllTrails grossly misrepresents. Due to multiple rockslides (going back to 1940s) this route has been closed and is not shown on official Yosemite maps. Coming down into the valley there is frequent scrambling over/under trees, then multiple impassable rockslide areas with sheer vertical drops.

This is a strenuous but beautiful hike. We did this yesterday exactly as shown here. It took 7 hours. Those who do it in less time are probably conditioned to hike in elevation and steep climbs. But it was worth every sore muscle. The top of Nevada Falls is my new favorite place. Next time I will consider going up the JMT rather than the mist trail as it was incredibly crowded and we ran into some rude people on the steps up Vernal. Otherwise this is a wonderful experience. But bring plenty of water. I used almost 3l. Also as of yesterday the bathrooms at the Vernal foot bridge are still closed. Enjoy!

Wear good traction shoes that are a half size bigger, this will keep your toes happy as you make your way back. Also I don’t really think you need a raincoat but you do want to wear a good fabric that dries quickly, nothing cotton.

beautiful trail. It is definitely hard if your are not prepared, so be ready to bring lots of water. It took me 7 hrs to finish it. I was pretty death but totally worth it.

Awesome hike. Took the mist trail up and John Muir on the way down. Take a poncho or a light raincoat on the way up. You will get wet. It's not very difficult. We finished the hike in about 4.30 hours with plenty of breaks for taking pics. Try to get there by 7 am so that you can find parking.

If your looking for a easy trail accessible to everyone this is a great choice. Its all downhill till the turn around. The views really aren’t anything spectacular but if you have not seen the giants it’s worth the hike. I would rate this trail as a high traffic vs moderate. So if your actually looking to get away from the crowds, I would recommend a different trail. Completed July 5th 2019.

hiking
bugs
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Hiked on 7/11/19 This is the best hike I’ve ever done in Yosemite, and I’ve done a lot. We started at 1:30am to get there in time for sunrise (which was spooky) and it took us a little less than 4 1/2 hours to summit, with a couple short breaks and stopping to find the trail. It was beautiful and totally worth it. Words of caution: as of 7/11 when we hiked, much of the first set of switchbacks are covered in snow. The part that isn’t, has water cascading down it. It makes the trail decently hard to follow on the way up (granted we did do it in the dark) but we had the AllTrails app and there were some cairns so we were fine. But allow yourself time for trail-finding. After that first ascent, the trail is easy to follow and just muddy in some places. Trekking poles were a big help and it would have been much harder without them. Give yourself enough time to hike this because it’s not easy, but the first switchbacks are definitely the hardest part and it’s not too bad after that. Beautiful views the whole way that we didn’t see until it was light outside on the way down :) Also, there is a creek crossing almost knee-deep at the beginning of the trail so just make sure you’re ready to take of your shoes! And BRING BUG REPELLANT. Wore a long-sleeve, pants, and a face net and still got over ten bites. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
1 day ago

Hi, Today I have a chance to visit The Visitor center at Tuolumne meadows. The ranger told me the trail is okay with normal hiking booths. No special equipment required.

Beautiful hike. I've done Yosemite falls, Vernal and Nevada falls, snow Creek to Tenaya lake, Tuolumne Meadows through cathedral lakes to sunrise creek; all beautiful, but this is better. The views of Yosemite falls from the four mile trail are excellent with easy viewing of the upper and lower falls. It's also cool to see the switch backs climbing up to the falls in the distance. about halfway up four mile, get a spectacular view of half dome, the first of many. four mile trail is nicely maintained, the incline is constant but not severe. The views from Glacier point are outstanding but it is very crowded since it is car accessible. The view of half dome and vernal and nevada falls from this point and much of the panorama trail is breathtaking. Also, take some time to look at your immediate surroundings, the wildflowers were blooming all along the panorama trail. For illilouette falls, take opportunities to see the falls before you reach the bridge over the falls because you essentially cannot see it from the other side. there are several little lookout areas, make sure to take advantage of them. upsteam of the bridge is a nice place for food and break. take your shoes off and dip your feet in the cold water (be careful of course, rushing water upsteam of a waterfall is extremely dangerous), there are some areas where the flow is lower and it feels good to cool off a bit. the final incline isn't quite as scenic but there are still some nice views of half dome and can see upper Yosemite falls in the distance. the trail then converges with the John Muir trail. views of Nevada falls from the JMT are always spectacular, but at this point, time to get to the bottom. in total we rode the shuttle to stop 6 from half dome village, walked to four mile trailhead, hiked the trail and looped back to half dome village. ~15miles, ~42,000 steps, 7hrs 50min. absolutely wiped afterwards but totally worth it.

This was the perfect view after an easy hike. The trail was well maintained. If you’ve hiked some hard trails and want to relax a little this is a perfect place. We went to the point, had some lunch and enjoyed the sights.

bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
1 day ago

did this hike 7/13/19 we started just around 730am, my garmin clocked 18 miles and 3800 feet climbing. we had to climb over a few trees or make our way around, nothing too rough. there is one long up hill stretch around mile 4-6 which is a butt kicker but with a few breaks in the shade all is good! it did get super hot pretty quickly and on the way back it was pretty hot. there are about 5 water points for refills if you have a filter system so that's awesome! don't forget the bug spray!! the views at the top is just magical! I highly recommend this hike it was great!! don't forget to stretch at the end your calves will thank you haha!

Only did half of the trail which gave a perfect view of the waterfall in all its glory (a few hundred meters after Columbia rock). Easy hike, but the sand on the trail makes it slippery on the way down.

This is a beautiful hike with amazing views! I would say moderately challenging on way back as uphill. Mosquitos were not too bad but be prepared. Mid July is when we went. Perfect day hike.

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