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Yosemite National Park Guide

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John Muir Trail: Happy Isles to Tuolumne Meadows
John Muir Trail: Happy Isles to Tuolumne Meadows

Welcome to the beginning of what is bound to be an epic adventure! The John Muir Trail begins in what could be called the Disneyland of National Parks - Yosemite Valley. If you are hiking this at the...

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Chilnualna Falls
Chilnualna Falls

Chilnuala Falls is a well-kept secret in Yosemite, simply because the majority of visitors to Yosemite National Park don’t venture out of the Valley. If you are staying in Wawona, or have entered...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Tuolumne River
Tuolumne River

The hike is short but sweet, and offers a great view of Tuolumne Meadows, especially during spring when the snow has melted and the wild flowers are out on full force. You will start by walking...

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Hikes in Wawona and Mariposa Grove
Hikes in Wawona and Mariposa Grove

Few visitors to Yosemite National Park take the time to visit Wawona in the Southwest section of the park, but those who do quickly realize all it has to offer. You can walk around the Yosemite...

Ten Lakes at Yosemite National Park
Ten Lakes at Yosemite National Park

This route could be done in two or three days, or you can keep it easy by hiking four easy days.

This route starts at Tenaya Lake and ends where 120 crosses Yosemite Creek, so it may be best to leave...

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Wawona Meadow Loop
Wawona Meadow Loop

If you are looking for an easy afternoon walk to explore Wawona consider the Wawona Meadow Loop. Located conveniently next to the Wawona Hotel, the trailhead is just across Highway 41. Compared to...

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Trailspotting Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Trailspotting Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

It's difficult to approach Yosemite's Half Dome without a sense of trepidation.

Perhaps it's the 15½ mile hike and 4,800ft elevation gain? Perhaps it's the worry of the vertigo you might experience...

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Badger Pass to Glacier Point
Badger Pass to Glacier Point

Glacier Point overlooks the southern rim of Yosemite Valley, directly above Camp Curry. At 7,274 feet (2220m) asl, it commands possibly the best view in the park, overlooking Half Dome, Vernal and...

Sierra Point
Sierra Point

Sierra Point is a rocky outcropping across from Glacier Point from which there is a view of four waterfalls: Vernal, Nevada, Illilouette, and Yosemite Falls. It is (barely) accessible via a...

Lyell Canyon-Vogelsang Loop
Lyell Canyon-Vogelsang Loop

This delightful trip takes you through some of the most accessible and spectacular parts of Yosemite's High Country and its glacier-carved landscapes. It can be done as either an "independent"...

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Yosemite Waterfalls
Yosemite Waterfalls

One of the main reasons anyone visits Yosemite is to see the famous waterfalls, and it is no wonder why. Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, 5th in the world, and the upper...

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Yosemite Point
Yosemite Point

Yosemite Point (6,939 ft.), a mountain cliff stands right to Yosemite Fall , provides great and unobstructed views on the Yosemite Valley area. To get there, you need to hike the Upper Yosmetite Fall...

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Lower Yosemite Falls
Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America, and 5th in the world, with a total of 2,425ft of elevation loss from top to bottom. Because the vertical drop is so long, it does not look...

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The Panorama Trail
The Panorama Trail

There is no better hike in Yosemite National Park which offers the amazing views of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Illilouette Fall, Yosemite Fall, and the entire Valley than the Panorama Trail....

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John Muir Trail: Tuolumne to Reds Meadow
John Muir Trail: Tuolumne to Reds Meadow

So, you started off on the John Muir Trail in Yosemite Valley a few days ago and have spent some time replenishing your calories at the Tuolumne Grill, your supplies via the Store and your resupply...

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Ostrander Ski Hut, Yosemite
Ostrander Ski Hut, Yosemite

A ski trip out to the Ostrander Hut in Yosemite National Park is a exciting winter adventure in the middle of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The hut sits on the edge of Ostrander Lake - frozen solid in...

Elizabeth Lake - Yosemite National Park
Elizabeth Lake - Yosemite National Park

Elizabeth Lake (9,487 feet) is located at the base of Unicorn Peak (10,823 feet) and easily accesible from the Tuolumne Meadows campgroud. The Elizabeth Lake trail begins in the B loop of the...

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Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is the 3rd oldest national park in the United States (Established October 1, 1890), and one of the favorite parks in the world. It covers 1,189 square miles in the western Sierra Nevada...

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Lower Chilnualna Fall
Lower Chilnualna Fall

This hike will only take about 30 minutes round trip and will bring you to a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole at the base. You can climb up the trail further and scramble up a few rocks...

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Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite NP
Cathedral Lakes, Yosemite NP

Two superb Yosemite lakes await you from the Cathedral Lakes trailhead at the side of Tioga Road, inviting you to swap the throngs of car-bound visitors for relative peace and tranquility of calm...

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May Lake
May Lake

The hike to May Lake is a bit of the essence of Yosemite -- expansive views over granite peaks, a sparkling blue lake set below 10,000' Mount Hoffmann, a subalpine forest, and, well, other people....

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Old Big Oak Flat Road
Old Big Oak Flat Road

Old Big Oak Flat road used to be the access road to the valley until it was deemed to be too unsafe and eventually destroyed by rockfall. Today it is an interesting hike (partially on the old...

4 Mile Trail - Yosemite
4 Mile Trail - Yosemite

This trip starts out of Yosemite Valley floor and is about 9.4 miles round trip and 3300ft elevation change. This is a difficult hike. The GPS trail on this hike is off on the trip up, but accurate on...

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Turtleback Dome
Turtleback Dome

An easy, short hike up an access road to a nice viewpoint of Yosemite Valley below in the distance.

From the top of Turtleback Dome you are treated to views of Half Dome and the Valley below. It’s a...

McGurk Meadow
McGurk Meadow

If you are looking for one of the best hikes in Yosemite to see beautiful wildflowers up close, this is the hike for you. The hike can be as short as 1.5 miles or as long as 4 (or longer if you...

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Clouds Rest
Clouds Rest

Cloud's Rest, a massive granite formation just northeast of Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, is famous for its very high degree of visual prominence in the valley as well as its razor-sharp ridge near...

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Ostrander Lake
Ostrander Lake

This is a 12.4 mile out and back hike to Ostrander Lake with about 1617 ft. of elevation gain, from 7000 ft to over 8600 ft.

The trail head is located off Glacier Point rd. The first 3 miles of the...

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The Mist Trail - Vernal and Nevada Falls
The Mist Trail - Vernal and Nevada Falls

If you only have time for one hike while in Yosemite look no further: the Mist Trail is the hike for you. It is no wonder why this trail is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite Valley. You...

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Pohono Trail: Glacier Point to Dewey Point
Pohono Trail: Glacier Point to Dewey Point

Yosemite Valley is great to see with hundreds of other tourists atop Glacier Point, but doesn't everyone just like to be exposed alone in the wilderness every once and awhile? Dewey Point is much less...

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Rancheria Falls
Rancheria Falls

Check out towering waterfalls and soaring granite cliffs without the crowds of Yosemite Valley. This route is suitable for a moderately long dayhike or an overnight backpacking trip, at its best (but...

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Upper Young Lakes Loop
Upper Young Lakes Loop

This is a classic Sierra Nevada high country trek, complete with subalpine forests, exposed granite outcroppings, and pristine glacial cirque lakes.

Start the hike from the Lembert Dome parking lot....

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Tuolumne River Loop - Dana and Lyell Forks
Tuolumne River Loop - Dana and Lyell Forks

Dana and Lyell Forks of Tuolumne River merge into the river somewhere near the Tuolumne Meadows campground. This easy and flat hike take you to encircle the area and enjoy surrounding scenic views of...

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Glacier Point
Glacier Point

Glacier Point is a popular stop for many new visitors to Yosemite National Park on their way down to Yosemite Valley. Although it’s not much of a hike, the view at the end of the paved walkway will...

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Lukens Lake
Lukens Lake

Lukens Lake is a short walk to a lake that explodes into fields of wildflowers in-season. It's the perfect length for a quick leg-stretch after, or before, a long time in the car and is a great...

Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge
Mariposa Grove to Wawona Lodge

After spending your morning at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (see the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Guide if you haven’t already), you may still find yourself itching to explore the area a

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Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley
Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

Many hikers chose to hike from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley starting at Tenaya lake, but this hike offers a slight different perspective, and allows you to stop at the Merced Lake High Sierra...

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Nelson Lake, Yosemite National Park
Nelson Lake, Yosemite National Park

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Tuolumne Meadows into the Cathedral Range! This route takes you a short distance but a long way away from the Yosemite's busy Tuolumne Meadows region and the...

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley is by far the most popular area of the park, attracting visitors from every corner of the workd. It is home to the most famous sights as we well as the largest crowds. The valley is...

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Half Dome Hike
Half Dome Hike

Half Dome is the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park. “Average” people can accomplish the approximately 16-mile, 12-hour hike to the top of Yosemite’s signature landmark if they have three...

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North Dome, Yosemite
North Dome, Yosemite

This is a great hike right off the Tioga Road in Yosemite that takes you through some great meadows, past a rare granite arch called Indian Arch, and onto the granite of North Dome. North Dome is on...

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Inspiration Point, Yosemite NP
Inspiration Point, Yosemite NP

If the Tunnel View crowds are getting between you and one of Yosemite's most famous viewpoints, consider the short hike up to Inspiration Point where you can admire this signature Yosemite Valley...

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Upper Yosemite Fall Hike
Upper Yosemite Fall Hike

Yosemite Fall, dropping 2,425 feet to the bottom of the valley from the top, is one of the most visited places in Yosmite National Park. The fall consists of three sections: upper falls, middle...

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Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

No trip to Wawona is complete without spending a day exploring the giant sequoias of Mariposa Grove. This protected grove of trees is home to over 300 giant sequoias, some almost 2,000 years old!...

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Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake

If you are looking for an easy hike to escape the larger crowds in Yosemite Valley look no further than the Mirror Lake Hike. It only takes a short while along this 2-mile out-and-back hike, but you...

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Lembert Dome
Lembert Dome

Lember Dome (9,450 ft.), located near the Tuolumne Meadows campground, is one of the best place to enjoy the views of Tuolumne Meadows. To hike Lembert Dome, you start from the Dog Lake parking lot on...

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Wawona Swinging Bridge
Wawona Swinging Bridge

This 1.5 mile out-and-back hike will take you to a swinging wooden bridge with some great pools to swim in and lay in the afternoon sun. There is also a granite "slide" upriver of the bridge but...

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Bridalveil Fall
Bridalveil Fall

If you were paying attention when you drove into Yosemite Valley (and I hope you were), you likely would have noticed Bridalveil Fall on the right side. The waterfall is appropriately named: when...

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Perfect Day

One Full Day in Yosemite Valley (PacificNWFamily, 23 Jan 2010)
5.0 of 5 stars 5 Votes
One Full and Active Day in the Valley (PacificNWFamily, 5 Aug 2010)
3.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
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Perfect Weekend

Two Partial Days in Late Spring (PacificNWFamily, 19 Feb 2013)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
A Winter Weekend in Yosemite Valley (PacificNWFamily, 22 Jan 2010)
4.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes
Three Pugs Will Travel (mkjksmom, 22 Jun 2012)
2.0 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Best Of

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4.5 of 5 stars 10 Votes
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Recent Trip

California (Karen9870, 24 Sep 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 10 Votes
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4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
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4.0 of 5 stars 10 Votes