Explore the most popular birding 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.

This is a pretty challenging trail and definitely earns its “strenuous” reputation. The first few miles to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls is the most difficult and once done with that it’s another few miles to El Capitan, but from start to finish there are some amazing views. It was a busy day with a lot of visitors stopping at the top of the falls so be prepared to share the trail. Start early, where comfortable shoes and bring lots of water and snacks to keep you going.

If you are on Glacier Point Road, you have to check out this place. Such amazing views!

So amazing in the Spring to see the power of the water. Easy trail and allows you to get really close to the base of the falls.

This is a fantastic trail that should be considered by all that love the high sierra. I did this in July 2015 over 15 days starting south of Whitney and ending in happy isles. Days where long but not outragous. I was on my own but never felt lonely. Lots of people on the trail to talk to if you want. You can also just hie along and people will leave you alone. Finding a camp site or water wasn't hard. I tried to finish my day making it halfway up a pass. This way I could rest the night and make it over the pass for breakfast the next day. Be sure to pack lite, I mean really only bring what you need as that pack certainly gets heavy after 15 days on the trail.

Great view of the waterfall

Great loop, be aware thou.
the whole loop it's block by rocks, so it is flooded. You need to go upper side of trail at one point. Probably 1 mile, going between Rocks, over tree trunks and under tree trunk. So, not as easy for now. We got Sun, Rain and Mosquitoes.
Si dress accordingly to the weather.
Still thou, a challenge for beginners like us. I found a stick about 6ft. came very handy to go through this obstacles.
Great spots for pics!

hiking
3 days ago

Easily the most challenging yet rewarding hike I have ever done. A challenging point was locating the trail once you reach the rock faces and before the cables. Most important things for this hike are good traction Shoes and of course gloves for the cables!

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.

I am a beginning hiker and wouldn’t rate this as hard at all. It is rolling hills, but it doesn’t have any crazy ascents like pretty much every other hike in the Sierras. It gave me the confidence I needed to start going on more ambitious day hikes and is absolutely stunning in wildflower season (April 2018 in my case). I recommended it for beginners just starting out with dayhiking, but wear a hat and sunscreen up, because it’s very sunny!

Great view of El Capitan

Easy trail and great with all the water. If you want to get close bring a rain coat

hiking
5 days ago

This trail is a must do in Yosemite. The views are absolutely phenomenal for minimal work. It’s especially great in the spring when Yosemite Falls are really roaring.

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.

the views on the way up are amazing. Also- read about the history of inspiration point, it's pretty impressive.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing hike- in just a short, 1-mile easy hike, you're at the top of sentinel dome with 360 panoramic views. You can see el capitan, half dome, basket dome, north dome, yosemite falls, and many more amazing views! My favorite hike we did in Yosemite, even though it was so short!

Nice short little, easy hike- the ending is fairly amazing, getting to see the fissures and the dropoff at taft point make the hike!

Super easy with good views. A little touristy, but fun to stand in the mist

Truly stunning and CHALLENGING trail. Note that there is no camping allowed beyond Bridal Veil Creek just beyond the junction with McGuirk Meadow Trail.

We started very late on Saturday after running the nearby Yosemite Half Marathon so only made it about 1.5 miles before setting up camp. The site was beautiful- open rock face overlooking the western section of the park. If you're able to, I'd recommend camping at Stanford or Dewey points as the vista is even more beautiful and has nearly 180 views including el capitan and half dome.

Day 2 was steep uphill until Dewey point after which we had some nice downhill to Bridal Veil creek. Good campsites near the water. NOTE you cannot camp beyond the bridge here! After setting up camp around noon we did a dayhike to Taft point and Sentinel Dome. It was clear people camped along here, but it's illegal! Taft point was very busy since it's a short hike from Glacier Road. Ditto for Sentinel Dome, but both were worth it. Unparalleled views for this entire section.

We hiked out from Bridal Veil creek on day 3. Very intense and challenging downhill. Overall, an incredibly gorgeous and rewarding trip!

My favorite trail we did in Yosemite. It’s a short hike with an incredible view at the top, and not many people travel it. The last .2 miles or so are a steep climb up the mountain to the viewpoint but it’s well worth it, and fun!

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.

9 days ago

Few things to pass on: 1) gloves are a must. We bought some cheap ones at the Dollar Store and they were perfect. We then passed them on to fellow hikers. 2) bring plenty of water and food. The constant climb and high altitude saps your energy quickly. 3) the posted distances are off. Advertized mileage is 14-16 depending on route. We took the Mist Trail up and John Muir down and logged over 21 miles! We referenced a Garmin GPS and also the iPhone Health App. Other hikers had similar experiences.

Got a cable permit for May 11th, the first day they were open and what an amazing experience! Left the parking lot at 6:05am and were back there at 6:00pm. We took our time, stopped quite a bit, and spent almost an hour on top.

Awesome experience, must do at least once in a lifetime! Huge props to the group that maintains the trails and cables. Thanks for all the work!!!

Given that I’m more of a day trip hiker I would rate this probably moderate for the incline on the return trip. I pushed a jogger stroller though which was handy when our 3 year old decided she wanted a lift. The scenery is beautiful and shaded and you will find several groups of sequoias near the cabin. They are big but not like others we’ve seen. All in all we had great family time and would do it again.

Very easy walk straight to the bottom of Yosemite Falls - AMAZING view of the water fall as you walk to it - eventually you cross the bridge where the wind and mist soak you if you stand there long enough - we went in May when I think the water fall is at it’s peak strength.

We took our stroller and it was an easy leisurely walk.

Amazing hike! Easy parking at Glacier Point. The trail was not heavily trafficked. The trail was a great mix of up and down with amazing views of the valley. The start is a lot of elevation gain but stick with it it evens out and gets easier.

perfect time of year for wildflowers, water, and decent temps.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is just inside of the park with limited parking.
We hiked to the river and turned around. The few sequoia trees you see are pretty cool but that is really all this trail offers.
It is mostly a slight down hill most of the way; so expect the up hill return trip.
Its a nice short hike.

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.

The waterfall is incredible in the springtime!

A pretty easy hike, if you’re worried about tripping, cross the bridge and take the paved road. Do not attempt to walk on rocks. We saw a man slip and fall in and be taken away in an ambulance.

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