Smith Peak Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
#106 of 167 trails in

Smith Peak Trail is a 12.6 mile moderately 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 birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3389 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

bugs

no dogs

hiking
20 days ago

backpacking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike and views at the top. About as difficult as we three inexperienced backpackers would like. We did get lost trying to follow the map+gps from the meadow to the peak. either the trail has been recut and the map not updated, or our GPS buggy. just stay on the trail.. it gets a little hard to find maybe three times but it's never farther than 30 ft or so.

backpacking
6 months ago

This is a very nice trail. We did it as an overnight on Memorial Day weekend and it was still not super crowded. I would say the hike to Smith Meadows is moderate but the extra 1.5 to the peak is strenuous, though well worth the effort for the views. Overall a great hike, we did come across two bears on the trail, though they didn't give us much attention. There is some space to camp on the Peak but not much. We set up in the Meadow which has some sites with fire rings which is a nice bonus.

6 months ago