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Valley Floor Loop Trail is a 20.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 20.1 mi Elevation gain 1,217 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (2)

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 You can access the trailhead by taking the Valley Visitor Shuttle (7 am to 10 pm year-round) to stop #6 or walk to the trailhead from the Yosemite Village area along the bicycle path to get to the trailhead (this adds approximately 0.5 miles.) Note that from May to October, the El Capitan Shuttle stops at the El Capitan Bridge (stop E4) and the Four Mile Trailhead (stop E5)- you can head back using either of these shuttles if you get tired or want to cut the hike short.

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Recordings (158)
Completed (672)
Brittany Horton
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Bike touringGreat!

Stunning trail that’s easily marked and paved. Bring your bike or rent! Start in the morning

Erin Bollinger
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HikingBugs

Easy fun trail to see the major sights of the park. Can also bike a large portion of the loop.

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4K Nature Hikes
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Hiking

A truly epic hike through one of the most spectacular valleys on earth! Here's a youtube link to a virtual hike through part of the Valley Loop Trail - we filmed it in 4K UHD with a stabilizing gimbal to get it as smooth as possible: https://youtu.be/hyyKvxzUIcI Hope you find it helpful for trip planning or treadmill training!

Nadia Westenburg
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Hiking

Great trail if you like history, as it follows many of the park’s historic roads and bridle paths. Lots of evidence of pavement, cobblestones, old retaining walls, etc. Nice for walking or trail running—did the full loop and my GPS clocked it at about 22 miles. There are many ways to cut it into various shorter loops as well. Also, as a response to previous commenters, this is NOT a mountain biking trail. Pets and bikes are not allowed on this trail, per the park’s website.

Kyo Jade Stone
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Hiking

There may be many scenes that overlap with the road of the car ...

Lynda Thompson
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Hiking

Nice, easy trail. Some trees across trail which require climbing over. One section of trail requires you to find your way up to road by Bridleveil junction as River is too deep at trail on All Trails. Route along Southside can be rather noisy with cars.

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Leah Duck
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Mountain bikingBlowdown

This says it’s an easy trail however this time of year they have a ton of downed trees which made it difficult as we were bike riding with our 8 year old. He was a troop and lots of wipe outs over trees. I was afraid we would lose a tire. One area was super hard with rock and extreme elevation change. Overall it was fun!

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Ricky Marksberry
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Hiking

Easy hike that gives you excellent views from the Valley floor. You don't have to do entire trail. You can always make use of the Valley shuttle system.

Melody Slothower
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Nathan F
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Hiking

Great trail- we did this loop after a difficult hike yesterday (Yosemite Point, highly recommend for people who want a challenge) to flush out our legs. We went off the course over by El Cap (added elevation and about .04 miles round trip) to watch the climbers and get a better, up close view). Enjoyed the flatness for the most part of this walk. It’s long, and today (a Saturday) it was almost empty. Would recommend to do this after a difficult elevation hike to see all the great views from a different perspective, the Valley Floor

Sandy Crockett
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Running

This is a great trail for trail running. It's generally fairly flat, the trail is in good shape, and wow, what a setting! It takes you all up and down the Valley, through forests and meadows, down by the river in some places and up near the Valley walls in others. I've done it a bunch of times, with the distance varying by how good a shape I was in. This most recent trip I did about 16 miles, from Pohono Bridge up to Happy Isles on the south side and then back down on the north side -- i.e., all of Yosemite Valley proper, but not the loop up Tenaya Canyon around Mirror Lake. There are enough water fountains along the way that you don't need to bring water, and you can stop for Gatorade at Curry Village and Yosemite Village. Highly recommended -- all of my running friends were very jealous! But it's also a great hiking trail if you are not a runner. If you want to hike in Yosemite but don't like climbing, this is the trail for you. It's very easy to do as much or as little of the full trail as you want. There are plenty of bridges across the river, so you can turn around when you get tired and come back on the other side; or alternatively check out the shuttle bus map and you can hike one way and then ride the bus back. Or do the entire thing if you want a really epic day hike - it will give you a complete tour of the entire Yosemite Valley, an experience that few other visitors ever get. This trail is also a great way to avoid the worst of the crowds in Yosemite Valley. Once you get away from the car parks and the attractions (Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, etc.) this trail is actually very secluded. It's impossible to find real solitude in Yosemite Valley, but if you're getting sick of the crowds this trail is a welcome break from the summertime madness.

Kaitlin Ramspeck
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Caylee Bessey
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Hiking

I would love to come back and bike this trail. The view of the valley was incredible. Super mellow one.

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Todd B.
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Hiking

We did the half loop from Valley Lodge to El Cap and back. It was about 7.0 miles. We saw some mule deer, trout, a falcon and tons of climbers up on El Cap. A few bikers on the south side but no issues with that. Plenty of space to walk and not be in the way of others enjoying the trail in various ways. We ran into a pair of NPS employees (not rangers) that were working to restore the meadow by El Cap and found out one was a Philadelphia Eagles fans! I’m from New Jersey and it was great to see my buddy and the NPS dude get jacked up about the birds!

Dmytro Panchenko
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Hiking

Take the whole trail, ~9 hours and ~40 km. Keep that in mind when planning

Jason Millwood
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Hiking

Loved this trail! Very underrated. Saw amazing breathtaking valley views with lots of deer! This is a must if it’s your first time to Yosemite.

Terri Jeppson
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Hiking

Nice easy hike with wonderful views of the valley and the Merced river. Bring a camera!

Daisy Saengkeo
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Hiking

We had a good time on this trail that took us to multiple waterfalls, lake, and river.

Kylie Pierce
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Hiking

Good. Easy tail. Went two miles on it.

Brett Acuff
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Hiking

We only did the western part of this hike due to time constraints. The views from the valley floor are absolutely inspiring, especially once El Cap comes into view. You quickly lose track of the noise from the roads due to the view this hike provides. We didn’t see a ton of people on this trail despite the outrageous amount of cars parked in the valley. We found parking across from Camp 4 thankfully and began our hike there. If you go off the map a little bit there is a trail that takes you up to the nose of El Cap and you should definitely take advantage of that. It’s a bit of elevation gain and climbing, but it’s not hard to complete. We saw a bear once we crossed the bridge to the south side of the hike. I’m not sure what the other 13 miles of this hike offer, but I bet they’re just as good as the 7 miles we completed. Great hike to see the best views in the valley. Nice and flat too!

Wilbourne Markham
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Hiking

Great intro trail for first-timers. Completed in June when plenty of snow-melt had lushed up the meadows. Falls were superb!

C T.
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Hiking

Most amazing place in the world

Luis Juarez
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HikingOff trail

a little but if everything, dirt trails, road, lots of. vegetation and then....A WATERFALL. Left at 7:15, maybe 3-4 ppl in the trails. head out early to avoid the foot traffic.

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Jeff Carnal
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Views are Yosemite epic.

Greg MacKenzie
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The trail is a washed out disaster after the El Capitan shuttle stop. June 4, 2019

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