Columbia Rock Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Columbia Rock Trail is a 2.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.1 km Elevation Gain: 289 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Short steep hike to Columbia Rock with sweeping views of Yosemite Valley along the Yosemite Upper Falls Trail. Columbia Rock (same TH as Upper Yosemite Falls) trailhead is located in the Sunnyside campground (Camp 4). Get off the shuttle at the #7 stop, cross the road, and take short quarter mile walk to the trailhead. This part of the Upper Yosemite Falls trail is full of switchbacks (and can be tough on the knees coming back down). The trail is well shaded. It takes about an hour to hike to Columbia Rock. If you have no issues with getting to this point and you have the time and energy, go the rest of the way to Upper Yosemite Falls, another 2.6 miles to the top for a total 2,700 feet/823 m elevation gain. You can hike as far as you want past Columbia Rock if you don't want to go all the way to the top, with views of the upper falls, Half Dome, Glacier Point and the Awahnee Valley.

hiking
1 month ago

Really great beginner hike that gives you a taste of the Yosemite trails (and their views!) without a major expedition. There's a video and full guide for the hike on HikingGuy com - check it out before you go.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

3 months ago

View from the top is not worth the switchbacks and hiking on sand, slippery rocks imo. Did this as part of upper Yosemite trail else would have been disappointed. Not too bad on the knees like the mist trail up Nevada falls but plenty of spots to slip on the sand covered rocks when coming down Hiking shoes with good grip and poles are highly recommended.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail! I tracked it to be 2.4 miles round trip. The waterfall pictures others have posted is actually further down the trail about .5 miles (10-15 min by foot). A nice climb but not unduly hard.

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rocky
3 months ago

Great view of Half Dome!

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3 months ago

It was more like 1.3 miles each way. Took us about 2 hours with a 6 year old in tow (frequent breaks and 10 minutes at the top). Beautiful view and pretty shady most of the way.

hiking
3 months ago

the first part of the trail is mostly uphill and is mostly like doing a stair master workout. Great views !

hiking
4 months ago

very steep. hard for sure. views are worth it. only went to the waterfall

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4 months ago

Did this hike shortly after sunrise on Jan 21st. Quite a few switchbacks but not bad for the 1.3 miles. Amazing views of the valley and half dome. Can also hike for another 15 min to get a glimpse of upper yosemite falls if you dont want to hike all the way up (especially if snow is a concern in the +5000 ft range). Took me roughly 2 hours round trip.

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icy
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

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rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

This was the best hike we did in Yosemite. Next time we will leave with more daylight and continue to the top of the falls. Trail was in excellent condition.

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rocky
4 months ago

Such a beautiful and well maintained trail. We didn’t make it to the top because of time but plan on coming back to finish it.

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icy
5 months ago

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6 months ago

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rocky
6 months ago

Pretty strenuous hike for the first hour so we decided to have a picnic at Columbia Rock before heading back. I recommend trekking poles to help knees and back!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Maybe on the strenuous side of moderate. But it was short enough you can knock it out pretty quick. Mostly shady when I did it on a November afternoon and not too crowded. Good payoff view without going all the way up to the upper falls.

hiking
7 months ago

switchbacks are brutal the first 1.2 miles. made it as far as the lower falls overlook. good hike!

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rocky
7 months ago

alot of switchbacks!

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rocky
7 months ago

Pretty sandy and slippery but amazing views at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Steep but easy trail because it is very short. Very nice view on half dome.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike with awesome view at the top. Bring enough water

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

This is a tough hike. Your legs will not be happy w your decision but it’s worth it. Go to the falls under the lookout

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rocky
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Beautiful! Great switchbacks to Columbia rock if you want to double dip

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