Yosemite Creek Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Yosemite Creek Trail is a 12 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from July until September.

12.0 miles
1,433 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers

no dogs

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Follow Highway 140 northward to Big Oak Flat Road. Turn left on to Big Oak Flat Road and follow it 9.5 miles to Tioga Road. Turn right on to Tioga Road and travel eastward to the Yosemite Creek Campground access road. Turn right on to the access road and travel 5 miles to the campground.

11 months ago

We enjoyed this trail a lot. Started at Luken's Lake trail head and camped about 4 miles down at the granite stream section. We went on Labor Day weekend and the trail was not crowded at all. The trail was pretty easy and could be done with small children. Mosquitoes were pretty limited probably due to the higher elevation (7000-8000 ft) and later summer. Overall the scenery was great. One thing that could be improved is to have more campsites with fire rings available. We were lucky to find one in a "hidden" spot that we will be sure to return.

Monday, July 10, 2017

A very good hike. Great views and a different, less traveled way to get to the top of the falls.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

River. Waterfall. Swimming hole. 5,404'
This trail is awesome.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Great first come first serve spot! There have always been sites available. I've camped here 4 times. I only did 2 miles of the trail as it was getting to be dusk, we decided to head back. Don't forget the bug spray. Lots of mosquitoes. Very pretty though. I stopped for a bit to put my feet in the water, a beautiful painted lady (butterfly) landed on my big toe. Bring snacks and water. It's not a good hike for little ones. Too rugged.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

What a beautiful hike From Yosemite Creek Campground to Yosemite Falls. The trail signs said it was 6.0 mile, my GPS indicated it was 7.98 miles. Not a big deal as we always pack extra trail snacks and water along the trail is plentiful.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

We hiked the Yosemite Creek Trail from Yosemite Creek Campground to the Yosemite Falls Overlook and back (12.4 miles total). What appear to have been winter meadows have turned into large patches of hot dry sand. and there is plenty of granite trail where you are directly exposed to the sun, so make sure to bring plenty of water. The scenery is beautiful as you cycle through forests, meadows, across granite mountains and creeks repeatedly. The danger is also very real as we saw fresh mountain lion tracks practically the whole way back to camp, in addition there is a lot of rugged and rocky terrain increasing the chance of mechanical failure.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Nice little first come first serve campground. I recommend spot 74.

No running water but there is a nice creek that you can pull water out of (filtered or boiled for consumption).

There's a lot of wood to be had and you can make a nice big fire.

Yosemite Valley can be accessed via a 9.2 mile hike. I highly recommend doing the hike (but make sure you have a ride back to the campground).

2 months ago

Wednesday, July 12, 2017