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Yosemite Valley, California Hiking and Nature Walks

Yosemite Valley Hiking & Nature Walks

Yosemite Valley is home to a number of wonderful areas that are perfect for hiking and nature walks. 

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Best Hikes and Backpacking on Yosemite Valley

National Park Service Information



Day Hikes


Day Hikes along the Glacier Point Road


Day Hikes in Hetch Hetchy


Day Hikes in Tuolumne Meadows


Day Hikes in Wawona and the Mariposa Grove

Several moderate hikes are available.

Day Hikes in Hetch Hetchy

A brief description of the Hetch Hetchy area, with natural and cultural history, and additional hiking information, is available

Backpacking in Yosemite

This GORP site describes some of the local trails


Guided Hikes, Backpacking, and Climbing

Informative guides interpret the wonders of Yosemite on the park's many sightseeing tours.

Matthes Crest

Matthes Crest features superb climbing deep in Yosemite's backcountry.

Gaylor Lakes -- day hike

(moderate) 2 miles (3.2 km) round-trip, 500-foot elevation gain; 2 hours. Begin at Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Free shuttle service is available twice per day.)

The John Muir Trail

The trail is 211 miles long and runs from Yosemite Valley to Mt Whitney, in California. (Part of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.)

Mirror Lake - day hike

(easy, but may be a little snowy or icy in winter) 2 miles/3.2 km round-trip; 1 hour [wheelchair accessible] [leashed pets allowed] 5 miles/8 km loop around the lake; 2 hours [pets not allowed on full loop] Begin at Mirror Lake Trailhead (shuttle stop #17)

Mist Trail - day hike

Hike the incredibly popular Mist Trail located in Yosemite National Park. Check out beautiful Vernal and Nevada Falls along the way.

Sentinel Dome (Loyemah Dome) - day hike

2.2 miles (3.5 km) round-trip; 2 hours (to Sentinel Dome or Taft Point) Begin at Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead (6 miles east of Bridalveil Creek Campground turnoff) At the trailhead, turn left to head toward Taft Point and The Fissures. Your walk is easy at first, through forest and wildflower-filled meadows (in July). Watch your step around The Fissures and at Taft Point, where you'll enjoy magnificent views of Yosemite Valley.  More>

Wapama Falls at Hetch Hetchy -- day hike

(moderate) 5 mi (8 km) round-trip; 2 hours Begin at O'Shaughnessy Dam This trail takes you to the base of Wapama Falls, passing two smaller waterfalls (during spring) on the way. This is also a good trail for wildflowers in spring.

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