Happy Isles, Vernall Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop

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Happy Isles, Vernall Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop is a 30.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 30.2 miles Elevation Gain: 9,419 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

scramble

no dogs

Day 1 Valley floor to Snow Creek Beware the switchbacks. We counted 109 of them, the grade is steep, and you will have no shade. But it is gorgeous after you make the rim. Good camping opportunities around 8 miles, but don’t go too far... you’re not supposed to camp within a mile of Tioga Rd. Day 2 Snow Creek to Little Yosemite Valley Very hard day. Expected mileage was way off. We clocked 19 miles rather than 14 per plan. Olmsted Point and Clouds Rest were excellent. Amazing views up and down the valley. Day 3 LYV to Half Dome loop No cable permits available, so we took the “back door” route up Snake Dike. We had carried rope and gear 30 miles just for this. Worth it! Glad to have this app on the approach hike. It kept us on track when the trail was a bit sketchy. Came down the cables. We were surprised that the summit was nearly empty, as we were expecting a crowd. Trail gossip was that someone had fallen off a few days earlier. Day 4 LYV to Valley floor Last 5 miles are all downhill, but steep and rough. Pretty strenuous on old knees, so I was glad to have poles. Nevada and Vernal falls are really nice. Trail is very crowded so don’t expect peace and quiet. Really fun four days, just the right difficulty.

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4 months ago

We did this trail up until about mile 14 where we had trouble navigating a steep incline because of snow, June 29th! It was a crazy snow year. Otherwise it was an awesome journey. The views and solitude was amazing. Protip: we camped the first night at around mile 8 where it takes a sharp left north, it was the BEST campsite ever, best view. Flat ground for tents and trees for hammocks. Also up near tenaya lake on tioga road there is a trash can if you want to be able to unload some trash halfway through your trip.

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6 months ago

recorded Nevada and Vernal Falls

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