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North Rim Trail is a 26.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.

Length 26.8 mi Elevation gain 6,817 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

No dogs

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Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm

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Tim Askew
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! Beautiful views, solid water sources, and great campsites. A few tough incline areas but not as bad as other entrances into the mountains. North Rim video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fT7YR0k95U

Joseph B.
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Alex Bellows
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

This was an amazing two day hike. All aggressively steep uphill portions were short (less than a mile) and a good bit of gradual sloping (up and down) terrain. Not too many switchbacks till the tail end of the hike near little yosemite valley. Absolutely BRUTAL decline thats visible on the elevation chart for this hike. If you zoom in on that portion of the hike you can see just how many switchbacks you'll be dealing w/ on the "snow creek trail" portion of the hike. This was exposed, had minimal shade, and was very rocky so I'd reccommend hiking poles for stability. Water was flowing along all creeks crossed on this trail so plenty of areas to fill up. There was snow still in a bit of the shaded areas during our hike (June 22-23) which made locating the trail more difficult at times so be sure to have this map downloaded just in case. Winter had also done a number on this trail. I'm assuming (could be wrong) that park rangers had not gotten to the trail yet to do some maintenance on the trail and remove the large number of trees blocking the trail. We climbed over or hiked around plenty of trees, but nothing too crazy. There was only one creek that we had to get our shoes a little wet on to get across because of this winter's snowfall making the creek's flow like crazy. Overall, great hike with views of the valley constantly and plenty of potential backcountry campsites available.

L Doe
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Hiking

The description of this trail has two errors. First, the trail is in Yosemite National Park and it is not even close to Buena Vista, CA. Secondly, this trail does not come even close to any lakes.

Spencer Harper
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Hiking

Did this trail a couple years ago during some serious forest fires. Took 3 days and hammock camped on top of El Capitan and North Dome. Took a detour to Yosemite falls (which was not running) and jumped in the cold crater pools near the edge of the falls to cool off. Also if you want to hitchhike to the trailhead the rangers seem pretty cool with it. One gave me some cardboard for a sign and told me where to wait!

Kevin Jiang
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Backpacking

we had a great time doing this trail, although it was warm and humid the 1st day, we ended up on top of El Capitan, the view was spectacular. The Yosemite Falls was beautiful, boys did some swimming while enjoy the view, the downside is the crowd. the creeks start to dry out in this time of the yr ( mid July)

Chris Toso
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Backpacking

Spent the night on El Cap, and at Cascade Creek. The tenkara rod and fly was worth the four additional ounces, pulling in over 15 rainbow trout. The two of us easily hitchhiked from the Big Oak Flat Trailhead to the village parking near North Pines, probably the 10th car that past us, even on a weekday. In addition to the fishing, the trail was great. We hung out with the Sierra Mountain Kingsnake and Rubber Boa, found bear markings on trees, got startled by deer enclosing on our El Cap campsite, and shared jokes and riddles over late night fires.

Brooke Nicholson
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Michael Brodka
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Prince Enad
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