Looking for a great trail near Yosemite Valley, California? AllTrails has 206 great hiking trails, 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 88 hard trails in Yosemite Valley ranging from 4.1 to 203.1 miles and from 3,828 to 14,475 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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on Half Dome Trail

hiking
6 hours ago

We got started on the Mist trail at 5:30am. Between 4 to 5:30am seems to be the most common start time. Lots of stairs along Nevada and Vernal Falls. Poles are a must on this trail to save your joints. We got to sub dome and half dome about 9:00ish, only few people were on the chains. Definitely brought and used our climbing harness and clipped in. Can’t account for others actions, so always good to be proactive. Beautiful 360 views at the summit. The climb down do expect more of a traffic jam. We opted to turn facing the rock down climbed for better traction on our shoes. Plus it’s less scary when you don’t have to look down. Opted for the John Muir Trail on the way down, less stairs and people. Total time for the hike for my wife and I was just over 8-hours, averaging 20 to 30-min per mile with 30 min spent on top of half dome, a 10 min snack break before sub dome and short breaks here and there. Enjoy a fantastic hike and be safe!

Nice hike in October.

Great hike-the stairs were brutal!

Do this hike at sunset! Beautiful views

hiking
6 hours ago

Great trail but very crowded

hiking
7 hours ago

Amazing....get to the cables early to beat the crowd, and have half dome to yourself!

We hiked this trail on 10/12 and it was a wonderful experience. There is something g magical to be in the presence of those giant trees! Come early to avoid the crowds.

Hiked this in May on a cloudy day. The lake itself was okay. Very pretty scenery along the way, though, including interesting rock formations and tons of wildflowers. We got past the lake to a really large rock slide, and like other hikers, couldn’t find the rest of the path to complete the loop?? Think we misunderstood the map, or maybe missed a turn off, although that didn’t seem to be the case

hiking
17 hours ago

Beautiful day! Very few people on trail!

on Half Dome Trail

hiking
rocky
scramble
18 hours ago

Great experience no question, truly majestic views. But this is a challenging “hike” due to the altitude (8,800+ at the top) and duration, we took 11 hours round trip which they say is average but felt slow to us! Still a great challenge and sense of accomplishment when you hit the parking lot! They definitely enforce the permit requirements, we saw several groups turned around because they did not have permits.

hiking
20 hours ago

baby bear on trail

A great hike! All the smoke had cleared today and it was absolutely perfect views. Started at 9.30 am and finished back at the car for 4pm. Spent 30 mins on the top for lunch. Jaw dropping views from the top. Worth the push to get up there.

GPS said 13.3 miles, took us 6 hours and 10 minutes and we spent 40 minutes at the top. We really hiked hard with minimal breaks. About 250 people on the trail. Not as narrow at the top as we feared, it was easy. All in all, INCREDIBLRE reward for a minimal effort.

hiking
1 day ago

Very nice trail. Up hill is pretty hardcore. Amazing view

hiking
1 day ago

I agree that this is the perfect trail if you're only going to be in Yosemite for 1 day! I took off 1 star because the trail wasn't clearly marked the whole way. Also there was one part in the middle of the hike where you have to walk on a steep slope made of large rocks. My friends rolled her ankle a few times trying to navigate that part of the trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Definitely on the tougher side of moderate. Rewarding views if I could only get people coming downhill 3 wide to remember folks are coming uphill too! Good steep trail though

Overcrowded is an understatement. Not worth it. Pretty waterfall shots can be taken from the valley floor

Difficult but definitely worth it. You get rewarded at Eagle Point with great view

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

alot of switchbacks!

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Beautiful trail. Mostly uphill at various inclines. We saw only twenty people or soon five hours.

A must. Good for all ages and experience. Some of the best views you’ll see of half dome and El Cap

hiking
1 day ago

The trail is paved and really steep. I couldn’t make it all the way to the top because I started having heart palpitations (have a heart condition). Such a regret but will come back and aim on completing the whole thing soon (weather permitting). There were so many people on this trail but everyone who went up said it was worth the views.

Easy hike with little challenges. The view at the end is nice. If you’re afraid of hikes I would t recommend because there are no barriers. Get to close and you will go tumbling down and it’s a really long way down.

hiking
1 day ago

Super easy, this really want a hike, more of a really short walk to get to a look out point. It is a must do though. Really amazing view of half dome and great photo opportunities.

This was a relatively easy hike. Definitely doable with kids and dogs. The path is easy to follow. When I went, the lake was dried up. I did this hike solo and it was safe.

Amazing views and worth being there before sunrise!

Lots of freakin steps, but well worth the climb.

Amazing views from the top! Definitely a hard trail, take plenty of water and snacks! 5/5 recommend!

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