Explore the most popular backpacking trails near Mariposa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Power through the punishing ascent at the beginning. It’s worth it! This has stunning florae the whole way that made me feel like I was in the Pacific Northwest. There’s also tons of manzanita (and really old, grown in manzanita). There are some switchbacks about 3/4 of the way in that took me longer than I’d care to admit to complete, but the falls itself are worth the climb.

I’m surprised this hasn’t been featured on Westworld or something. It has a foreboding, imposing look and has to be seen to be believed. If you are scared of heights, be forewarned that the top of the falls may creep you out a bit.

Not a very hard trail for downhill but it offers a great view of the Nevada fall and the valley. It also has a small cascade which you will walk under that brings you a great experience for the summer.

Hiked to the falls, and the loop you see on the map above it counter clockwise. If you do that it's about 18 miles total and doubles your elevation gain. Also as of writing this the trail on the southern side of that loop was washed out and disappeared, so make sure you either you know how to navigate. Needless to say if you throw in that loop this trail is challenges and the 10 decent is brutal on the joints.

Did this hike yesterday. It was an awesome hike. If you are looking for a hike in Yosemite that is nice and not to crowded with people I would definitely recommend this one.

backpacking
12 days ago

day 1- ascent via snow creek trail, camped at snow creek falls ***uhh-mazing spot to sleep under the stars*** (#romanticaf, lol) / day 2- indian rock and north dome, camped at lehamite creek / day 3- descent via upper and lower yosemite falls. ~mother nature gave the gracious gift of beautiful weather during the month of may and spoiled me with various scenery: from the way the granite walls opened up the higher in elevation you climbed; to stunning treelines; to what was left of a winter wonderland with the slight patches of snow at higher elevation; to the way my cup runneth over with the waterfalls~ more solitude. major naturegasms. while clouds rest and half dome trails definitely give you the thrill, snow creek makes you work for those rewards (i found it to have more of a mental aspect), but all equal in the priceless treasures only yosemite can offer.

backpacking
13 days ago

Started at Cathedral Lakes TH for 3 night/4 day in late Aug 2017. Camped at Sunrise, near base of Half Dome spur trail then 3rd night in LYV. Did half dome on day 3 and left packs at camp to lighten load. Smoke from fires obscured view on half dome, unlucky timing for us. Family of 4 with teenagers did this trip. It was tough, but very doable and worth every step. Tons of people on last leg downhill to Yosemite Valley; yearned for the solitude of the high country! Need permits to do this hike overnight. Ranger was checking for permits.

Looking for a big Yosemite hike but can’t get permits for Half Dome? CLOUDS REST might be your solution. I’ve hiked this one 5 times. Plan for 7-8 hour trip (3-3 1/2 up and maybe about 15 min less on the way down). We usually stay at the top for 45 min or so to eat lunch, relax and take in the views. Best time to do it would be July-October. If this seems like too big of a trip, but you still want to do a backcountry hike in Yosemite, consider NORTH DOME. It’s about 5 miles shorter. I actually prefer the views despite being at a lower elevation.

A great trail with some steep sections. Like most trails in Yosemite, there is some elevation on this one. Moderate is a good description. Wear broke in boots/shoes. This is a nice starting point to link to some other sights such as Taft Point, Glacier Point, and Panorama. This hike and the connecting trails up top are some of the least crowded in the park. Nice water features and secluded camping along the way. The upper section Chilnualna Creek is also full of eager wild trout, so pack a fly rod ;-)

It's not that moderate. If you have not hiked for a while you'll be in for a treat.

Did the trek last weekend via snowshoes. Amazing!!! Worth the long mileage. My app said it was 11.5 miles from the Badger Pass ski parking lot to the tip of Glacier Point with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Spent the night and hiked out the next day. Had the lookout to myself for sunset!!

Fun short hike

This is a fairly tough hike and a good amount of it is exposed to the sun, so hydrate beforehand and bring plenty of water with you. I went in April, and there were plenty of places along the way to refill my water bottles for filtering, but I imagine that it is very dry in the summer without the opportunity to refill water. Snacks are also a must, as you will expend a fair amount of energy.

It took me just over 5 hours round trip (with some stops to rest, refill water, and of course to take in the views, which are breathtaking - besides the waterfall views, there are also amazing views of the Wawona valley and Wawona Dome).

This trail was not crowded at all when I went in April, which was a nice change from the day before when I was hiking a Yosemite Valley trail. On this trail, I encountered perhaps 12-15 other hikers.

The wading pool mentioned in the description was not accessible when I went, as there was a lot of extra powerful water steams flowing outwards from the falls due to the spring snowmelt and recent rain. As mentioned in the description, there really is no point where one can see the entire waterfall - however, the hike is still totally worth it just for the views of the valley below, and of course the views of the waterfall are still impressive.

A gorgeous August week in the Sierra with side trips to lakes reflecting rugged peaks. One of my favorites!

great not really steep hike apart from couple of sections, gorgeous waterfalls, sceneries and forest - highly recommend!

Gorgeous waterfalls! Must do trail!

camping
1 month ago

Great view with nice waterfalls

We did Tuolumne Meadows campground to Yosemite Valley over 3 days, Via JMT to Rafferty creek ( Tuolumne Pass) to Emeric Lake (day 1); to Merced Lake Via Fletcher Creek and Lewis Creek (Day 2), then to Yosemite Valley through Little Yosemite Valley following Merced River and Mist Trail. Beautiful sights, little to no traffic (until you get within day hikers of the valley, and even small fishing in the creeks between Emeric and Merced. Needless to say, I look forward to doing it again and again through all four seasons.

This is my favorite trail so far! I hiked it 5 times alone. I liked it so much that I even hiked it twice in one month (2009). Then I went back to hike it in 2011, 2012 and 2014. It’s time to do it again! I always hiked it in 9 - 12 days. I would like to spend more time on it, like 2 weeks to relax also.

Tuff hike with lots of gear. but beautiful sights.

Great trip to the top, still some snow

Did this in July 2013. Beware of afternoon thunderstorms. Went up about 8am. We started back down about 1100 am with wispy clouds rolling in. Quickly became threatening. Raced down to reach our car as storms began.

So worth the work. Awesome views at the top. Narrow pass at the top but doable..

Takes about 10 miles to get away from the general population leaving from Happy Isles. But Cathedral Lakes is one of Americas best campsites. You could get there in a little over a half a day if you left from Tuolomne Meadows heading north to happy Isles.

hiked this in 2012...it was meant to be a thru hike but partner got sick so we had to leave right about the half way point. I went back 2 years later and finished it. One of the crown jewels in US places to backpack.

Long wonderful hike. We where there in March. There was still snow on the shoulder. Be prepared for the up hill. You get to see 2 water falls, the meadow with the creek, and a spectacular view from an iconic piece of rock. You can hike this trail year round, however the cables and posts are only up from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Since this is a huge draw for hikers there is now a limit to the number of people they allow up in a day. CHECK WITH THE PARK WHEN YOU PLAN TO GO!!!! I cannot say this enough.

We exited at Agnew Meadows, but still a wonderful backpacking experience.

This is the single most impactful trail I've ever experienced. The JMT, when done it its 211 mile entirety, will yield lifelong cherished memories. Its not easy, and you must do months of preparation. Its beauty is absolutely breathtaking. I cannot recommend this trail highly enough. Six stars.

hiking
3 months ago

Steep climbs and powerful views!

I'm a ranger in Yosemite and this is hands down my favorite day hike in the park. Difficult and technical in places, but the summit is more than worth it. Be aware of weather, things can change very quickly up there and you could get caught in an unexpected storm.

One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on. I’m terrified of heights so the last bit was rough but worth it.

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