Explore the most popular nature trips 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 TRAIL!! Nothing but switch backs the entire way but the views make it all worth it! You gain about 3,000 feet in elevation. But the higher you get the more the Yosemite Valley starts to reveal itself. It is such a beautiful hike, but be careful, some areas are slippery ( asphalt and sand/dirt combo).

hiking
11 days ago

Steep but well worth the amazing views all the way up! We arrived around 830 on a weekday in May and were still able to get parking at the trailhead.

hiking
12 days ago

Great day hike with amazing views of Half Dome and the Valley.

hiking
16 days ago

Good hike with nice views along the way up. It was a brutal hike with lots of switch backs that go on forever. In my opinion, if you have already been to glacier point and know the views you get up there, then i would personally skip this hike. We were at glacier point the day before for some sunset photos so when we hiked this the following day, it was obviously the same view at the end of the trail. Still awesome of course but didnt have that nice reward with doing all those switchback on the way up. I have a few photos posted in my IG from the trail and glacier point area as well if you would like a perspective for what you'll see.
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Love itttt. A must.

hiking
18 days ago

We started at the bottom, hiked up to Glacier Point, and back down. This trail was a real workout. It starts out rough and stays rough through out most of the trail. There are some really nice and scenic areas to rest and a lot of killer switchbacks. There happened to be a wedding at Glacier Point that day. It was a nice surprise. Congrats and good luck to the couple.

Nice shady stroll in the forest. Nice lake to sit next to but not a “must do” in Yosemite. Over all very nice and easy hike. Also when I did it there was no-one there

hiking
28 days ago

Lovely easy stroll through a beautifully restored meadow. Bring bug spray!

We took the bus up to the top and hiked down, amazing views along the way. It took us 5 hours because we stopped and took so many pictures. Great views of half dome and Yosemite Falls. Hike early in day to avoid heat....there is a nice breeze though.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a real review for what to expect going UP to Glacier Point and back down not just down. First, total distance is 9.72 miles. Second, it is very strenuous and you need to be in good physical condition to take this on. Take plenty of water and start early, especially during the summer. The views are worth it but the switchbacks will test you.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail. As it is a paved path I can understand why it is considered moderate; however... my wife mentioned several times during the ascent that it she thought it was anything but. I loved it any want to go all the way to Half Dome next time I'm in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail has amazing views. I'd say way better than Upper Yosemite Falls. My group took the shuttle up so I only hiked down this trail from Glacier Point (lol). I'd say it was not a strenuous hike at all downhill but was definitely not easy for those out of shape (like myself, haha). The views were just magnificent on this trail and so worth it going up or down. Bring plenty of water if it's a hot day and food, this one will still take awhile even if you're just going down :P

It’s 4miles to the Union Point. 7 miles to the Glacier Point from the Valley Floor

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike. We went back by John Muir trail which give you a beautiful sight of the fall from above. Starting our hike at 8am we had the chance to see a bear and a bobcat on the trail.

So... this is the Yosemite stair master as the Rangers call it. Beautiful and vicious. Recommend camping at the top of snow creek the first night. Many beautiful spots just be aware you will get a visit from a bear that night. We did it in 3 days and recommend for night 2 head to the top of Yosemite Falls. It will be a push but well worth the effort. Just above the bridge there are several really nice spots and if the water is flowing great swimming. Notes, start early the first half of Snow creek is in full sun and you will broil. July 4th we had water 1/2 way up to splash your face in and you could filter but not sure how long it lasts. Night 2 rangers will say camp in the valley below North dome. Don’t do it. Very small stream with lots of mosquitoes and no views. Push on to Yosemite Falls. It is 7.2 miles with a long up out of snow creek but worth it.

1 month ago

This was a great hike that was pretty hard. Maybe not as hard as Upper Yosemite Falls (including to Yosemite Point), but it was still strenuous. What made this hike hard for us was the heat, although we did start the hike pretty late (close to 4pm) and it was mid 90s already. I would not recommend starting this late if you would like to reward yourself with ice cream at the end. The store at Glacier Point closes at 7pm, and I was so disappointed when we missed it by two minutes. I felt so terrible for my friend who deserved some ice cream for doing so well on the hike! It took us a little under 3 hours to hike up. Then took us a little over an hour and half to hike back down, but we did go at a fairly fast pace. Left at 7:30ish and ended up around 9:11pm at the bus stop location. It got dark for us on the trail and a flashlight was needed for the last mile and a half so. I would recommend parking across from the bus stop if you plan to be back after dusk. Sentinel Beach parking isn’t allowed after dusk, also isn’t recommended.
Overall, I definitely recommend the hike, the views were worth it and the terrain was decent. Start early to avoid the heat (and get ice cream!!!! ) We saw a couple of deers that got pretty close to us and also a tiny snake on the way down. It’s a bit eerie hiking in the dark...

hiking
1 month ago

This is the better way to get to Glacier and Taft Point in my opinion. Nonstop views to the top. Switchbacks are killer, especially the first two sets. Definitely felt like I was stopping every few steps. But oh, so worth it.

1 month ago

Did this last week. The waterfalls were amazing and went on for several hundred/thousand feet. It got really hot at the bottom of the canyon. I had to pour water on my head and body to keep from getting sick from the heat. It’s deceptive because as you descend it gets hotter but you don’t realize how hot it really is until it’s time to head back up. Then you really feel the dehydration from the heat, exertion and altitude. I rested frequently in the shade and made my way back slowly. No cell phone service (with AT&T).

hiking
1 month ago

An amazing hike with breathtaking views. Worth noting - you're looking at the same thing just from a different elevation, as it's mostly switchbacks. The hike is hard considering the elevation, but doable in about 3.2 hours for non-experienced hikers. From Glacier Point we planned to go back via Panorama Trail and Mist Trail, but I had sore toes so we decided to get the bus down. Mind you, there is no shuttle and the bus is not guaranteed. We waited for about 1,5hrs for the bus. The driver asked $26/person and we didn't have enough cash! We didn't end up boarding the bus and the driver was really rude from the start. We had to hike back down as it was getting late. Going down was surprisingly hard, it felt really steep. It took us 1h40min with a rather high speed.
Lovely hike overall, but be sure of how you're coming back and plan well.
P.S. My recording showed me 5.3 distance up and 4.6 distance down :o In general, expect it's more than 4 miles one way.

Walked up here a couple of times. The walk itself isn’t so great but it’s nice to be in the shade and the views steadily increase. Best combined with Panorama to get down.

This was such a beautiful experience! The steps right before the fall we’re a bit tough but you have to keep going it is well worth it!! I want to return!

hiking
1 month ago

This was one of the best hikes I've ever done. There are amazing views all of the way up. It was a really hard hike but the views definitely made it worth it. If you have the energy I would 100% recommend going up to sentinel dome, its another mile and a half up. The views there were even better than glacier point. I went with nonexperienced hikers and they were able to get to glacier point but it took them about 8 hours round trip including spending 45 minutes at glacier point. There were not many people on the trail

hiking
1 month ago

It’s a great way to see a lot in a day. Lots of sun at the end and lots of uphill in the beginning. Took about 10 hrs with ample breaks and a dip in a river. Start early in the day to get the climb done while it’s cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Totally worth the view at the top of Vernal. Heavy traffic mid day in June. Half way restrooms were closed and they took out the water fountain that used to be there so bring plenty of water. Over all a great hike:

1 month ago

Did this hike a couple days ago. We started from the bottom and stayed for about 30 minutes at glacier point and walked back down. In total it was about six hours. You are climbing the entire time on your way up, but going down was harder, especially on my toes. We had a lot of the hike just to ourselves. The views are worth it but I prefer upper Yosemite falls hike or half dome hike over this one.

Definitely worth the hike, total of a 6 hour hike I’d say and I’m not in the best shape. Definitely get there early and park at sentinel beach. There’s snacks at the top (:

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was so rewarding, but you definitely work for it! 100% uphill, and not a gradual incline! Lots of switchbacks. Started in the Valley at the trailhead about 11:30, made it to Glacier point by about 2, then continued on go Sentinel Dome. Arrived @Sentinal Dome around 3, and hiked all the way back down to the Valley and finished by about 5:30. I parked at the Sentinel Beach parking lot. Really close to trailhead and has a bathroom. All around loved this hike and recommend it to those who are active.

Started at the bottom near swingbridge parking lot. Hiked up and decided that I wasn’t excited to go back down so I waited for one of the shuttles that aren’t free or on a schedule to ride down. Note there are not free or scheduled shuttles. Awesome hike if you can just do the hike up and find a ride down to save your toes from 4 .4 miles of downhill

hiking
1 month ago

The switchbacks can be brutal at points, but the views are amazing and the mix of shade and sun were lovely.

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