Hikes in Yosemite National Park

Below is a collection of trails and viewpoints in Yosemite National Park. These outings are listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you select your next trek. Each trail or viewpoint links to its own report complete with photos, maps, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these destinations. You can also view hikes around Yosemite National Park on the Hike Finder Map.

Highlights of Yosemite National Park

  • This 10-mile hike travels from Glacier Point down to Yosemite Valley in the most scenic way possible, ending with the Mist Trail.
  • This epic 16-mile hike climbs from Yosemite Valley to the top of the most iconic crest in Yosemite National Park.
  • Pull the car over at this extraordinary must see viewpoint looking up Yosemite Valley.
  • This 1.2-mile loop takes visitors to the base of the tallest waterfall in North America, an electrifying Yosemite National Park feature.
  • This paved 0.5-mile hike visits the base of a 620-foot single-drop waterfall on the south side of Yosemite Valley.
  • This 2 to 2.8-mile hike visits a relaxing reflective pool on the east end of Yosemite Valley.
  • This 1.8 to 6.5-mile hike follows an exciting trail up the Merced River to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, two of Yosemite National Park's prize waterfalls.
  • This 0.25-mile walk reaches a 7,214-foot overlook that provides incredible views across Yosemite Valley.
  • This 1.8 to 8-mile hike explores a giant sequoia grove in Yosemite National Park, which can be seen on foot or by tram.
  • This 5-mile hike tours a flooded valley to a thundering waterfall in the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park protects nearly 1,200 square miles of stunning Sierra Nevada wilderness and draws approximately four million visitors each year. Tourists congregate in Yosemite Valley, a seven square mile sector that is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places on the planet.

Yosemite Valley is hydrated by some of the tallest waterfalls in the world, including Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America at 2,425 feet, and Ribbon Fall, the longest single-drop waterfall in North America with an epic 1,612-foot plunge.

It is difficult to describe Yosemite’s magnificence without firing up the hyperbole generator. The waterfalls and granite domes are striking. Even seemingly average forests and meadows know to be a bit extra beautiful. John Muir, who fought for the park’s creation described Yosemite Valley this way:

It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.

Yosemite Valley is a special place.

Yosemite National Park is very accessible. Even without hiking, the breathtaking views from drive-to overlooks like Tunnel View and Glacier Point, and easy footpaths like Bridalveil Fall Trail and Lower Yosemite Fall Trail create a memorable visit. The easiest way to get around Yosemite Valley is the free park shuttle. Leave your vehicle at Curry Village or the visitor center and use the shuttle loop to access trails and points of interest. It is very important to practice good bear safety at all times inside the park.

The park offers numerous campgrounds and unforgettable hikes, including the bucket-list worthy ascent on Half Dome. Beyond Yosemite Valley, a vast backcountry provides endless hiking away from the crowds.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
Hetch Hetchy Wapama Falls150Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and Wapama Falls
This level hike tours a flooded valley to a thundering waterfall in the northwest corner of the park.
5 miles
200 feet
37.946905,
-119.787376
Yosemite May Lake160May Lake
This short east hike visits a peaceful alpine lake in the high elevation region of Yosemite north of Yosemite Valley.
2.4 miles
475 feet
37.832633,
-119.491181
Yosemite Mirror Lake170Mirror Lake
This easy hike visits a relaxing reflective pool on the east end of Yosemite Valley.
2 to 2.8 miles
100 feet
37.739208,
-119.56015
Yosemite Half Dome180Half Dome
This epic hike climbs from Yosemite Valley to the top of the most iconic crest in the Yosemite landscape.
16 miles
4,800 feet
37.732567,
-119.558282
Yosemite Mist Trail190The Mist Trail to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall
This exciting trail climbs the Merced River past two of Yosemite's prize waterfalls.
1.8 to 6.5 miles
400 to 1,900 feet
37.732567,
-119.558282
Panorama Trail Yosemite200Panorama Trail
This hike travels from Glacier Point down to Yosemite Valley in the most scenic way possible, ending with the Mist Trail.
10 miles (one-way)
3,200 feet
37.727942,
-119.573476
Glacier Point205Glacier Point
This 7,214-foot overlook towers above Yosemite Valley and provides incredible drive-up views.
0.25 miles
50 feet
37.727103,
-119.574456
Lower Yosemite Fall210Lower Yosemite Fall
This electrifying loop delivers visitors to the base of the tallest waterfall in North America.
1.2 miles
100 feet
37.745347,
-119.594777
Yosemite Taft Point220Taft Point
This out and back hike visits an overlook on the south wall of Yosemite Valley with fascinating rock fissures carved into the exposed granite.
4 miles
250 feet
37.7126,
-119.586318
Bridalveil Fall230Bridalveil Fall
This easy paved trail visits the base of a 620-foot single-drop waterfall on the south side of Yosemite Valley.
0.5 miles
50 feet
37.720052,
-119.628682
Tunnel View235Tunnel View
Pull the car over at this extraordinary must see viewpoint looking up Yosemite Valley.
0 miles37.715476,
-119.67678
Chilnualna Falls240Chilnualna Falls
This out and back hike begins near raucous cascades and ends atop a waterfall.
8 miles
2,200 feet
37.548391,
-119.633691
Mariposa Grove250Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
This hike explores the biggest trees in Yosemite, which can be seen on foot or by tram.
1.6 - 8 miles
400 to 1,200 feet
37.501462,
-119.610862
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