Looking for a great trail near Yosemite Valley, California? AllTrails has 196 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Yosemite National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 84 moderate trails in Yosemite Valley ranging from 0.6 to 62.2 miles and from 1,437 to 12,542 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
1 day ago

Heavily packed trail with beautiful views and many steps going up to Vernal Falls. Started the hike around 9am and was never without a group of people in front or behind me. As I was descending I noticed much more people ascending later in the afternoon so be sure to arrive early! Vernal Falls was absolutely gorgeous and we came at a good time to see the rainbow too! Make sure to wear shoes with good traction if you plan to continue up to Nevada Falls, as the stone steps can become quite slippery.

Loved this trail! Very underrated. Saw amazing breathtaking valley views with lots of deer! This is a must if it’s your first time to Yosemite.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike! Lots of people on the trail. The stairs are pretty brutal.

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rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Started at 530am, finished around 4pm. The elevation gains at the very beginning and at the subdome are absolutely brutal, but the section near Little Yosemite is pretty chill. Drank about 4 liters of water on the hike. Only a few restroom stops so bring some toilet paper and a bag to pack it out. Loved the hike but it is pretty intense - best advice is bring a change of socks and a good windbreaker/coat for the summit because when we got up there, the wind made it INTENSELY cold.

it was breathtaking worth the hike

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing trail, breathtaking views, challenging elevation gain for the average hiker, roughly 7h hike up and down We went up there when road to glacier point was closed due to wildfires. Although it was the only way up there it was not crowded. There were not more than 30 people at glacier point. The views from the trail are breathtaking - as is glacier point. However, possibly the trail is less rewarding if the road to glacier point is open and you have to beat the crowds up there...

Great hike. Got there around 10 on Saturday and found parking about half mile from trailhead. Most of the trail was in the shade which was nice. We went clockwise and, yes, little bit steeper going up but you hug the waterfalls a lot closer than taking John Muir trail up to top of Nevada. Plus, there’s a good chunk of the way going down that you’d have to be on all fours to do which isn’t my cup of tea on a long hike. Bring sandwiches and find a spot at the top of Nevada falls in the shade for a celebratory meal before heading back down.

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bugs
muddy
rocky
2 days ago

An amazing trail. The first half is a little tough going uphill due to altitude but it is an amazing workout and worth every step.

hiking
2 days ago

Only had 2 days rest after completing half Dome. So this hike was very difficult. View is one of the greatest! Trekking poles are a must. Met amazing day hikers and back packers from all over. Up and down in 8 hours. ....time for a nap

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rocky
2 days ago

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rocky
2 days ago

Came down from little Yosemite valley backpackers campground. Glad I was going down vs up with my pack on. Really pretty views of the falls. Lots of little and big steps. Super crowded.

We did about half of this trail with a four and six year old. I don’t usually love partially paved trails, but it was helpful with the little ones because they were able to get more secure footing. The trail is a bit too heavily trafficked for my personal taste, but it winds up beautiful hills with wide valley views and spectacular springs and pools along the way. Definitely worth checking out!

We came to the valley around 11am which was too late to do this hike out and back as it is 12 miles one way and shuttles are working till 6pm. So we made a right decision and started the hike in opposite direction: from Mist Trail, to Panorama trail to Glacier point. We parked at the bottom of Four mile hike trail and took shuttle to Mist trail trail ahead. Hike took us around 7-8h with many stops for tons of pictures and lunch at the top of Nevada Falls with the view of Half Dome. We saw sunset at a Glacier point and decided to ask for a ride down to the valley as with all our extra view points we were walking already for 12 miles and we didn’t want to add 4 more miles of hiking in a dark. It worked out well as a lot of ppl always staying in the valley and were driving there from Glacier point. This is how we didn’t make the whole hike. But I would recommend you to do the same direction just to see waterfalls in the first part of the day when they are still in a sun and as for me it is way better to walk up those stairs than down. Also you will hit Glacier point at the second part of the day when light will be smoother and you will get better pictures. Views are great from pretty much all parts of the trail which is really rewarding when you are walking for so long time.

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rocky
2 days ago

After having an injury and not being able to walk on the right leg all August, I've managed to beat this trail up and down after 15 days of being able to finally walk, so I would recommend it to anyone, even if you feel unable, you still can do it!

We didn’t get permit for Half Dome this year, so decided to do this hike as a replacement. This peak is higher and you can see Half Dome from there and many many more other peaks. You can get 360 view from the top. It is challenging but great hike. I was struggling a lot on the way up as air was thin and it was very hard to breath in such an altitude. But there were plenty spots on the way to the top with the shade where you can rest. And view at the top is totally worth it. Think about this hike as of full day hike. Start early. Make sure you will bring enough water as there will be no water even at a parking lot. We had around 2,5 gallons of water for 2 and bunch of food and snacks. If you have hiking poles, bring them with you as they are life savers for your knees.

Absolute a must do hike! I did the loop coming from Taft point taking the Pohono trail around to Sential Dome. The views of the valley on this trail are fantastic! It’s more of a moderate trail with a few switch backs but it’s well worth it!

Quite possibly the best/hardest hike I’ve ever done. The feeling of accomplishment >>>> if you don’t thrive off of the feeling of conquering mountains don’t do this. Also the later in the season the less water there will be FYI

hiking
2 days ago

Wow! What a hike! I was completley prepared physically for the hike but the cables weren't what I'd imagined. Mentally it was very tough as we started up the cables. Came very close to turning around but I am so glad I didn't. What a view from up top and what a feeling of accomplishment. I found the trip down the cables to be easier. We started at 3:00 am and I'm glad we're did. Only a few others on the cables both up and down. we summited around 8 am. A climbing harness might reduce the anxiety level on the cables. If I had had one, I would have used it.

hiking
3 days ago

Wow what a hike! Pretty great views made the constant incline bearable! The falls were gorgeous! Worth the hike for sure!

I hiked this yesterday. Beautiful! Truly worth it! No pictures could do this view justice. Took me 9.5 hours to complete, but I'm a slow hiker. Bring plenty of water, 3L. There's currently no clean water source to refill from. Also, there's no major creek that you need to wade in. Just a few small ones that you can easily pass without bringing extra shoes. Bring bug repellent. I was eaten alive by mosquitoes. They even bit me through my leggings. Probably because I took so many breaks. My recording stopped at 12 miles because my phone died, but it is closer to 14.2 miles roundtrip. The trail itself is nice. That first uphill climb after 1.5 miles was hard but I found the climb just before the footrest was tougher, probably because I was tired. The thing I like most about this trail is that it's not all uphill like upper Yosemite falls. The flat areas are a nice break after those treacherous uphill climbs. Do this hike. It's worth it!

amazing views but very difficult! for experienced hikers or people who are very fit only! this hike kicked my butt. the elevation gain is ridiculous. it's like a super stairmaster. many rock scrambles. but the views at the end are Absolutely amazing! took me 4.5 hours to go up and 3.5 hours to come down. we spent about 45 min at the top.

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