Explore the most popular trail running 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 hike was just under 10 miles for us going from Camp 4 to the edge of El Cap (one way). The mileage at the top screwed us over a little bit, but it is crazy beautiful. Do it, if you have the chance. Safe Travels!

Great view of the falls, half dome and El Capitan. Actually it’s probably the best view of bridalveil falls in the park. Which was about a mile or so into the hike. After that it’s nothing but rock hopping and tree hopping. I don’t recommend going any further. I came across a couple snakes and one rattler! Very easy to lose your way.

Easy hike through the woods to the meadow. Pretty muddy in some areas. No flowers were in bloom when we went on 5/20/18.

Nice easy hike, pretty views from the point.

Must do hike. Had my 70 yr old parents with us and they got to the top. It’s a climb but totally worth it. The 360 views are amazing!

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.

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.

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
4 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!

Great view of El Capitan

hiking
6 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.

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

hiking
8 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!

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!

10 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.

hiking
11 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.

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.

A must see! Especially in the Spring—the waterfall is insanely powerful and breathtaking! Pretty easy hike.

Super easy Trail for a good view.

Very crowded, but only takes about 20 minutes and you get a stunning view of the lower falls. Also: lots of spray right now.

on Inspiration Point Trail

14 days 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.

backpacking
15 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.

Spectacular!!!!

backpacking
17 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.

trail running
17 days ago

Brilliant. Short and easy. Tip! Start from the Mariposa town entrance (near the school). You would have to duck under a wire and get into the area. Soon you’ll come upon a huge water tank. The trail starts from there. Utter bliss. Highly recommend.

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