Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Not too crowded when my sister and I went in May. It was quite an incline but very beautiful and peaceful at the top.

6 days ago

Great little walk for an amazing view of Half Dome and the valley floor.

Amazing views!

scenic driving
11 days ago

Take your camera

Easy going walk via the nature trail up to mirror lake. Enjoyed all the boulders that had fallen from the cliff above (half dome).

Several doe and fawn in the meadow upon our arrival and not startled as we kept our distance and admired North Dome and Half Dome.

The amazing thing about this area is that so many of the trails connect! I will most definitely be back and do more hiking, but this time around, Yosemite was just a half-day stop. And if you’re doing the same thing, get here early and head to this spot! I’m currently on a huge road trip and this may have been the most amazing sight my eyes have ever seen. Simply spectacular. Additionally, another cool thing is that there is great phone connection so I was able to facetime and share the view with some of my friends and family back home. All that to say, I’d HIGHLY recommend this lookout point of the valley, whether you’re just stopping by the park for a few hours, or hiking some of the trails around it!

We walked the mile long trail from the Taft Trail/Glacier Point Junction. Well worth it!

This was an excellent hike for our group, comprised of several children, ages 5-14 and my mother in law. The kids loved scrambling over rocks and fallen trees and especially loved crossing the lake and dipping their toes in the cool water! Couldn’t have asked for a better first hike in Yosemite!

24 days ago

Parked on Glacier Point rd on the trailhead through Mcgurk Meadow without issue.

25 days ago

Simple walk to amazing views! Worth going at sunset as it lights up Half Dome!
Kids loved being able to be free, climb rocks and having flashlights.

Nice and easy hike. Only at one point, behind Mirror Lake, it was not so easy. Perhaps we took a wrong direction... climbing and going through cold water (only some cm deep) was more of moderate than easy difficukty. But still: wonderful hike. Suitable for children. Doable in sneakers. Loved it.

1 month ago

My boyfriend & I went on a road trip to Yosemite and came across Merced Grove Trail and decided to check it out. Trail wasn't difficult. It looked well maintained until you pass up the cute cabin and trail becomes very narrow and muddy and a lot of bushes and were not trimmed at all and you end up trying to swat flying bugs everywhere and dodging cobwebs. We didn't think it would be safe to keep going so we turned around and it's hike uphill back to the entrance. But otherwise it's a beautiful hike. You get to see the beauty of the Sequoia trees & gigantic pine cones.

1 month ago

Of course the view is amazing. Not sure I would consider that a hike. Be careful of when you go - I went in the afternoon of memorial day, and rangers stopped us for 2 hours to wait before there was enough parking place. I was also back there after a hike for sunset which was great.

I think doing the whole loop is overdoing it. But there is a nice view from mirror lake which is worth doing. I did it for sunset and would recommend the same. There were a lot of mosquito, so make sure to bring long sleeves

1 month ago

Arrive early and you’ll have an easy time parking. Unbelievable views of the valley, waterfalls, and surrounding peaks.

Did this in October of last year. Nice trail, mirror lake was more like a puddle, but the walk was quiet. Just missed some bears resting on nearby rocks

Not much of a lake but a nice hike. Plus I got to see a bear so that made it even better!

Nice trail. Sweet views of Half Dome

Parking is used for glacier point traffic control and it wasn’t available for park and hike. I went to McGurk meadow trail head to start and hoped I could trace this trail back, but the trail is washed out and it wasn’t traceable. I went back and came the same McGurk back. This 9 miles round trip was great, but I don’t recommend to use this trail.

Amazing views, definite must do. Parking lot is a decent size to accommodate the crowds. Kids and hungry hikers loved the snack bar up there, must do!!

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

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!

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

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.

2 months 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.

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.

on Inspiration Point Trail

2 months ago

Not too difficult a climb. There are some places on the trail where footing is a bit sketchy (near trail head at parking lot). Apart from this area the trail is a moderate climb over the 1.2 miles ascending. Weather dependent (bring water), that should go without say. Beautiful rock work above the half way point. When you get to the top if you can’t see the valley for the trees move around for a clear panorama. They are easy to find if you move a little.

amazing view of the valley ! no crowds early May if open !

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!!

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