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

Hard Core with excellent views hiking up and at the summit! Coming down...tough on the knees.

Did with my 60 year old parents at the end of November. Some snow on upper part (past lookout point). Amazing views. Using poles and frequent breaks it took us all day.

Great in winter to get to Glacier Point. Also amazing views throughout multiple valleys.

Amazing view, little danger the road, was frozen

Just did this trail today, Dec 27th.Park sign says closed mid way up yet we made it to Glacier Point - other fresh footprints before us. 10 miles total roundtrip... bring food, water, layers and crampons. we didn't need them but could easily see how we would've had conditions changed just a tad.

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27 days ago

Great hike with views pretty much the whole way up. Not a hard hike as long as you pace yourself. Did this hike once when Glacier point road was open and once when it was closed. If the road is closed due to snow I would bring hiking sticks or spikes as the trail can get pretty icy. The last time I did it at the end of November the last mile was pretty much a sheet of ice on the way up.

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29 days ago

Hiked this trail in July 2017. A bit strenuous because of the switchbacks. But, totally worth it. Stunning views along the hike.

on Four Mile Trail

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1 month ago

We made this hike on June 2017. We are begginers and we kind of almost died. It was the most difficult hike we've done in our lives. Not kidding! It is a very hard trail, a solid climb with switchbacks all the way up until about 1/2 a mile from Glacier Point, where it gets flatter...at least in summer. We ate like 4 energy bars, 2 peanut butter & jam sandwiches and drank about 1L of water each.
BUT THE VIEWS. OMG. Wow. Wouldn't trade them for nothing. Going up is the best option because the valley and surrounding mountains are revealed bit by bit when you start going over the forest. I love how each switchback reveals a bit more of the view. Going down might be quite anticlimactic. We made it up in around 5 hours with lots of breaks, resting, stopping to just appreciate the view and of course taking tons of pictures. I was impressed with the amount of people going up as fast as they could without taking a moment to see the beauty around them. Anyway, got gorgeous pictures and great funny memories :)
Take a lot of water and food.

To keep in mind: There's a hotel bus that goes up to Glacier point and back down to the valley hotel several times a day in summer. You have to pay, but keep it in mind in case of emergency or if you have limited time. The only way up is reserving a spot with the hotel but going down is first come first served until the spots of ppl that only paid one-way are filled.

We did the four mile trail however had to turn around because the snow became pretty deep. We hiked 3 miles in until you don’t see the trail anymore. Hike is tough especially through the snow be sure to bring the right gear. We still had amazing views of el captain and half dome. Just keep in mind it’s dangerous hike with all that powder so be careful

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1 month ago

Some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen while hiking. Constant amazement at the unreal beauty of the surrounding waterfalls, cliffs, rivers. A magical experience. Highly recommend hiking past glacier point to sentinel dome. Was lucky enough to be the only person atop sentinel dome in late November (Glacier Point driving road closed.)

Hard ascent( especially the ice and snow on the upper part of the trail). With the road closed, a good way to access the awesome views from Glacier Point.

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1 month ago

Switchbacks all the way up and all the way down. Gorgeous views at the top, which were made even better by the recent snowfall. Bring water and real shoes — I saw too many people in tennis shoes struggling on the ice and snow.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Did it in November on a rainy day. If that’s what you’re planning to do, then be aware that trail and stairs are wet and slippery. If you have appropriate shoes, it is absolutely fine. Views are spectacular, the only downside is how crowded this trail is. Once you reach last third of the trail, it is pretty narrow on the stairs, due to which you have to stop and get off a bit in order to let people come up or down. We really enjoyed it regardless of crowds and rainy weather. Didn’t go further just because we did not pack enough water with us and initially planned it to be a short trip. However, you can continue to Nevada Falls and and other spectacular trails.

This is a solid climb with beautiful vistas along the way. At some points it feels like just trudging uphill. I definitely recommend doing it when Glacier Point road is closed, the viewing spots at the top were relatively uncrowded as it was just those of us who had hiked up. I hiked back down the 4 mile trail but would have preferred to go down the panaroma trail for a less steep incline. Happy to report my knees are just a little sore today and Im feeling good after the climb! Take plenty of water and snacks.

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1 month ago

It was great hike however be ready for a steep switchbacks. There were stunning views of the valleys going up and down the mountain.

Great workout and wonderful views along the way up. I completed this trail in September 2016. The only disappointing thing about this trail is that the view at the top is shared with a whole bunch of people who just drove up and parked.

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1 month ago

Try to get an early start. The trail was very crowded until the half way point where most people turn around.

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1 month ago

Hiked from the fall down this trail as part of a loop, The view from the falls is amazing

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2 months ago

Really fun with a nice view, make sure to bring alot of water

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2 months ago

Beautiful views the whole way, but good lord strap in for a challenging hike. The elevation gain over a 4.6 mile hike is brutal. It’s truly 9.2 miles from the trail head and back. It took us 3 hr up and 2 back. We started at 10a and got to our car at 3:30p . The only downside of this hike is that at the end of it you are with a ton of people who just drove up and are crowding all the viewpoints... so it can feel a little unrewarding. Usually after that strenuous of a hike you weed out a lot of people but that’s not the case for this hike. Remember you can always meet your group at the top or be dropped off to hike back down. This would make the hike challenging but not as treacherous to go both ways. THIS IS REALLY A HARD HIKE, no joke. Overall glacier point is phenomenal and you get some really beautiful views the entire way. And it’s pretty spectacular to come off the mountain and see what you accomplished from the valley floor. So take water, snacks, and good shoes... and take your time to look around when you’re at the flying altitude of eagles.

2 months ago

Kinda hard. Steep. Good.

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2 months ago

Probably one of the most gratifying hikes in Yosemite because of the panoramic views on Glacier point, and stunning views of the valley at every hairpin. In terms of difficulty this is a solid hard. There are steep switchbacks on the way up and slippery gravel on the descent. We took 3 hours up and about 2 down. Started at 930 and back at 430. Had a blast!

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2 months ago

Awesome hike!!! Tons of switchbacks with great rewarding views from glacier point. Ended up being over 9miles 4.6 each way. Hit it early!!

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2 months ago

We hiked up to the glacier point which was a great hike with even greater views !
We had lunch on the beautiful glacier point and hitchhiked back to the village because we don’t like in and out trails that much. It was a perfect day.

2 months ago

amazing hike. took 2h to ascend & 3h to descend. would highly recommend hiking poles on the

I could have been in better shape. Great views of the valley. I would not suggest this for the novice. No special gear needed when it’s dry. No food at summit on October 30th.

on Vernal Falls

3 months ago

Up the regular way and down through the John Muir trail. Wonderful views all the way.

3 months ago

Good hike, great views from the base of the Falls. The steps are a pain because of the need to focus on each step. It takes away from your ability take in the view on the way up. However, once at the Falls you can take your time and soak it all in.

Like other I recommend the Muir Trail down. You continue to go up in elevation to meet the trail, but the amount of human trafficking (just traffic) on the stairs going down appears like rush hour on the highway. The JMT allows you to feel as though you are still in the wild.

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3 months ago

This an absolutely gorgeous waterfall if you come in early spring when it is flowing at it's peak. If you wait until late summer, it will still be flowing, but it is not as impressive. There are always a lot of people on this trail. Many of them stop at the bridge, but do yourself a favor and climb th steps next to the falls. They are uneven and wet, so make sure you have proper shoes on. However, once you reach the top, you get a beautiful view of the falls and can also see Nevada Falls. This trail is paved for a good portion of it, but it is definitely steep and once you do the 300 steps next to the falls, no question you will be feeling it. But if you want to see the falls up close, you can't beat this trail.

my wife and I just got done going up and down. went up at 1145a got there at 245p. stayed up there and enjoyed the views for an hour. headed down, that took about 2 hours on the dot. mosquitoes were waiting for us, but walk fast to the base camp restaurant to refuel. we dont hike hardly at all but first time in Yosemite we wanted a challenge and the thrill of accomplishing this. went through half a gallon of water, sunscreen was a good idea as well. bring snacks for the top!

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3 months ago

The view of the falls at the top is worth it! I had been on this trail before but never to the top because of the kids, usually stopped at the bridge. The trail is very busy. There are a lot of uneven stone steps at the top. There are bathrooms and water fountains near the bridge, but no trash cans so pack it in and pack it out (including your banana & orange peels please).

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