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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
16 hours ago

Beautiful lake!

Hike counterclockwise for the views and sunset, though it is a more challenging hike. sunset with the 360 degree view is a 10/10

We made this a hike a starting at the village parking lot, past the Ahwahnee Hotel and on to Mirror Lake. The lake was dry in October.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Excellent hike! But for sure for the experienced! Took almost 8 hours and totaled about 14 miles. Like every says the switchbacks over a mile in will really test you. The high elevation doesn’t help your breathing! All this to say the few at the end is unforgettable!

10/20/19 8:00am start time, 22*F 2.5 hours up 20 mins up top 2 hours, 10 mins down 5 hours total* Difficult hike with some long climbs and a couple of steep graded inclines, but overall much worth it thanks to an incredible payoff up top. *For context, I’m a professional strength & conditioning coach (train athletes) and personally train myself 6-7 days per week. I didn’t run any of this hike or anything like that, but definitely pushed myself on the pace and took no breaks > 20-30 seconds I’d say.

hiking
2 days ago

Moderate trail. Easy on the first three miles than after that it is a heavy incline. Well worth it though.

Easy trail down. Nice exercise on the way up

I loved this hike to the domes. Forget the lake. You can see it from the dome to the right/east. Most of the half dozen hikers stopped at the highest point of Lembert. if you continue on to the end, it's an easy climb down to the lower rock with greater views of the meadow including the parking lot if you like to get picture of how far you are from your car. As I said, there is a rock off to the side that gives views of the lake. I spent a good hour up there.

A pretty strenuous hike for your average person, but my goodness, that view from the top is worth it!!!!!

Awesome hike with great views at the end. Took us 3hrs up and 3hrs down. Had lunch at the top for about 30 mins. Got through 2.5 liters water each. If you're reasonably in shape this will be 'moderate' in terms of difficulty (we rarely do these kinds of walks). I actually found the switchbacks ok but the final mile was tough. Probably lack of stamina. The exposed bit at the end where the views are was an emotional challenge for my gf who doesn't like heights but it's not physically demanding.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Incredible trail. Like everyone else recommends, definitely do this route backwards starting with the Mist Trail up to the falls. Expect this to take all day, like start before 9am for sure. Expect to be going uphill the entire time until the end, as you are climbing 3 different mountains in the same day. Bring plenty of water and some snacks. Every moment had something new and incredible to look at. You get to see the top of 2 waterfalls and overlook yosemite valley from all angles. We would recommend this hike for anyone who wants to fit all the views of Yosemite in a short amount of time. It was strenuous and exhausting, but overall entirely worth it.

Good flat trail, pretty easy hike. Took us about 6 hours with lots of pictures and a lunch break. Pretty sights of half dome and some rock features. Bad news though, the lake was completely dry to our disappointment (in mid October) Lots of wooded areas. It was kind of lame for the first mile walking next to the road. We would recommend not completing The Valley loop after Yosemite falls (which has no running water this time of year). The last 2 miles are walking through the paved/crowded Yosemite village, so I would take the shuttle back to the car. Overall, nice easy 10+ mile walk.

Beautiful wilderness hike. We saw a bear off in the woods on this hike. It was incredible.

Most definitely go counter clockwise if you want an easier way up. view at the top is fantastic. bring water.

hiking
3 days ago

So happy I took the plunge and did this trail after not hiking for a while. Although tough, the whole way up was a sight to see. Will not let you down!

Great hike with stunning view at Wiwona Point at the top. As others have said, the signs tell you 4-6 hours but it can easily be done in 3. Crowds die down as you go further up, we were almost alone at the top and it was awesome. Highly recommend. Trails are wide and well maintained.

hiking
3 days ago

Crossed the swinging bridge to get to the trail and before we even started encountered a black bear. It continued to amble on its way without paying us too much attention. There a numerous switchbacks on this trail, but you get excellent views of El Cap and Yosemite Falls. The stop at Union Point is small, but has a nice view of Yosemite Valley. Coming back from Glacier Point is much easier but you still have the switchbacks. The valley shuttle has numerous stops in the area to take advantage of.

Steep climb on uneven steps and boulders once you get past the first view of Vernal Falls. Was a popular trail with lots of people hiking it. Decided to take the John Muir trail down from Nevada Falls. A much easier hike. The view is worth the effort!

hiking
3 days ago

The initial trail up was a little hard to find from the Parking lot so we added some extra distance. Good elevation going up, the scramble at the top is a lot of fun, windy when we went. Great views of the surrounding area. Added Dog Lake onto the hike, which no one else seemed to be doing. Nice Lake at the top.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy hike, beautiful views, lots of people

hiking
3 days ago

This trail was awesome, did it on 10/18/19. Got up and down in about 8.5 hours - however, I only went to the bottom of the cables, as they were down and I was not comfortable doing them without a harness. Probably could have gotten up fine but was more concerned with coming back down, in case of slippage. There were quite a few people going up the cables though, almost all of which had harnesses with them. Regardless, the trail was beautiful, challenging (particularly subdome, with the elevation). Highly recommend the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail- we did this loop after a difficult hike yesterday (Yosemite Point, highly recommend for people who want a challenge) to flush out our legs. We went off the course over by El Cap (added elevation and about .04 miles round trip) to watch the climbers and get a better, up close view). Enjoyed the flatness for the most part of this walk. It’s long, and today (a Saturday) it was almost empty. Would recommend to do this after a difficult elevation hike to see all the great views from a different perspective, the Valley Floor

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked Half Dome Cables with permits the last weekend cables were up on Oct. 12, 2019. Started trail with headlamps at 5am got back to car at 3pm. Make stair climbing sets with a weighted pack part of your training because the stairs up to Vernal Falls and the climb up subdome is harder than the cables. Also make weight training with arms part of your training. I’ve been a rock climber over 25 years and the arm strength needed to pull up the cables includes strong forearms and shoulders. For the cables: Wear thick gloves, wear a harness with a sling attached to your harness belt and a large carabiner attached to the sling for clipping to cables. Keep in mind that you may have to get out of the way for descending climbers. Being clipped in allows you to hang out in safety. Descend backwards on one side like you are rappelling with one hand over the other keep clipping with your large caribiner as you descend again hikers climbing up need to get by you. You are safer clipped in. Overall, I was shocked at the lack of safety by others. No harnesses used around me, tennis shoes and Tevas are not safe shoes for the hike or the cables. My Oboz hiking shoes handled the trail and cables perfectly. If you are gassed by the time you get to the cables then don’t climb the cables. Several people turned around due to dried blood stains on the rock. Spooked some people. For those that like to rock climb hire a Yosemite guide to take you up the Southside. They’ll place gear for you. And you can beat the crowds and still get to the top.

hiking
scramble
3 days ago

Straight up hill but so worth the hike. Spectacular views.

walking
no shade
3 days ago

Unbelievable views of the valley and half dome without the work. 200 years or so and you’re at the lookout. You can see from the parking lot, but it’s insanely crowded.

hiking
3 days ago

I dont know who rated this moderate but it’s definitely more strenuous with a lot of inclines and steepness. The end views make it SO worth it though! I cried

Beautiful end and short hike

Short easy hike with amazing 360 degree views, including Half Dome and El Capitan.

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