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Valley Loop Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 209 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Forest

River

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

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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4K Nature Hikes
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One of our absolute favorites for a relaxing day in Yosemite! Here's a youtube link to a virtual hike 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 it's helpful for trip planning or treadmill training!

jordan casillas
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Great easy hike for the fall weather, plan for about 2 hrs going at an easy pace

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Leeanne Pinnelli
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This is a great treck through the valley floor. Easy going. Went in late October and very few people on the trail. Beautiful scenery of the valley floor fauna

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Kylie Pierce
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Good easy trail

Chris Annesi
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Yohan Torre
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Andy Irwin
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Several blowdown trees along the route especially on the south side of the river after crossing over the bridge. Otherwise a great hike with fantastic views.

Angie Brown
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Hiking

Actually followed valley floor loop to El Cap.

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Laura Krebs
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Easy hike. The trail rarely left the area right by the road.

Pavel Hanc
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An easy hike to do if you have nothing else planned for an afternoon. You get some nice views of El Capitan as well as the Half Dome in the distance.

Julie Rancourt
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Jon Coxon
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Nice views of El Cap. Worth incorporating into lower Yosemite falls trail and bridalveil.

Lou Cantolupo
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4-June-2017 Note: portions of this trail have been flooded out and are inaccessible. Thus you spend some fair amount of time detouring and walking along the road. Check with a ranger first to find out what the situation is as it will greatly change your experience. Some nice views of El Capitain but you can see this anywhere in the park. We took the extra leg to go further to Bridalveil, which couldn't come soon enough. Still an easy trail to do as there's virtually no elevation change; some areas where you have to precariously cross streams that the inexperienced may have some difficulty with. Note that extension to go around to Bridalveil tacks on a good 4 more miles which you're slightly regretting toward the end as this becomes a six hour hike; you're waiting for it to be done but mostly because of having to walk on the side of the road so many times. Bring plenty of water too: there are no fill ups along the way and the floor can get warm. We were OK but did start to ration some toward the end. (2 20oz bottles each)

Natalie Payne
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Lovely walk and included the extended part 6-7 hours to take in Bridalveil Falls and El Capitan and crossed over at the bridge. Some of the paths you have to cross the water via fallen trees or stepping stones. One we couldn't pass as the river/snow melt water was so strong but we just walked along the road for a little bit. you really get away from the masses and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

bingqian wang
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Marie T.
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Loïc Houssier
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Sookyoung Kim
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Peter Haralabopoulos
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Lonnie Owen
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John Teixeira
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Bryan Scott
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Amanda Schrock
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Tom Carman
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Helen McNary
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Sara Guerreiro de Castro
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Terri Tipping
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Marie Smith
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Lilla Cosgrove
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Bob Taylor
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