Old Big Oak Flat Road

MODERATE 6 reviews
#117 of 228 trails in

Old Big Oak Flat Road is a 9.3 mile out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

9.3 miles
2,014 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running




no dogs

Old Big Oak Flat road used to be the access road to the valley until it was deemed to be too unsafe and eventually destroyed by rockfall. Today it is an interesting hike (partially on the old pavement, partially scrambling and route finding over rock fall) with great views of the valley sights.

4 months ago

This used to be my FAVORITE hike in Yosemite! I have hiked this old road many times. The views of El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls are breathtaking! The history of this road is hidden in plain sight and is thought provoking. The route finding is challenging and invigorating. It is also a relatively short hike at just over three hours round trip. Unfortunately, the Winter of 2017 has made this hike almost impassable and downright dangerous. It makes me sad...

7 months ago

Great view of the falls, half dome and El Capitan. Actually it’s probably the best view of bridalveil falls in the park. Which was about a mile or so into the hike. After that it’s nothing but rock hopping and tree hopping. I don’t recommend going any further. I came across a couple snakes and one rattler! Very easy to lose your way.

8 months ago

The trail is in pretty bad disrepair. There are multiple sections where the trail is completely covered by boulders. We got a mile in and had to turn back when some of the boulders/rocks were pretty loose under foot. However, it did have great views of bridalview falls, El Capitan and half dome. There’s no parking lot - but there’s a parking lane about 0.3 miles before.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Fantastic hike to a secluded area! We were fortunate to get a shot of a double rainbow off of the waterfall.

Monday, August 28, 2017