Panorama Trail Yosemite National Park
Panorama Trail is a 10-mile long point-to-point hike from the top to the bottom of Yosemite Valley. Starting at Glacier Point and ending at Happy Isles, the trail descends 3,200 feet and is filled with sensational views. You could not pick a more panoramic start for Panorama Trail than Glacier Point, a spectacular drive-up overlook atop the south wall of Yosemite Valley.... Read more.
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Distance: 10 miles – Elevation change: 3200 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 23, 2014
Half Dome hike Yosemite National Park John Muir Trail
It might be half a dome, but it's a full day's hike - 16 miles round trip from Yosemite Valley with 4,800 feet of elevation gain. Is Yosemite's much heralded bucket-list hike worth all the hoopla? You bet it is. Half Dome is an iconic element of the Yosemite landscape, and the trail to its summit is a one of a kind.Get a permit. Due to the popularity of the hike up... Read more.
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Distance: 16 miles – Elevation change: 4800 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014
Mist Trail Vernal Fall hike Yosemite National Park Nevada Falls John Muir Trail Loop
On the path to Half Dome, Yosemite's most imposing "bucket list" hike, there are two impressive waterfalls coursing down the Merced River. The Mist Trail provides the steepest most intimate experience of Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. John Muir Trail takes a more gradual route to the top of Nevada Fall and is the most practical route for those continuing to Half Dome. ... Read more.
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Distance: 6.5 miles – Elevation change: 1900 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 22, 2014
Mirror Lake Trail Royal Arches Cascade hike Yosemite National Park easy hiking Yosemite Valley reflective pool bike path
Wedged between the granite walls of Half Dome and North Dome on the east end of Yosemite Valley, there is an enticing body of water that reflects the beauty around it. Due to it's popularity and easy-to-reach-ness, there are few trails leading to Mirror Lake. The most traveled option is a one-mile paved walkway and bike path along Tenaya Creek to the north side of the... Read more.
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Distance: 2.8 miles – Elevation change: 100 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014
Yosemite Fall Lower Yosemite Falls waterfall hike Yosemite National Park
Two paved paths lead to a viewing bridge below Lower Yosemite Fall creating a 1.2-mile loop to the foot of the tallest waterfall in North America, and the fifth tallest in the world. The western side of the loop has been constructed in line with the waterfall to provide an absolutely eye-popping, jaw-dropping, imagination-defying, awe-inspiring view of the 2,425-foot... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 21, 2014
Taft Point Yosemite National Park hike Glacier Point Road Trail
The panoramic view from Taft Point and the rock fissures nearby provide a rewarding 2-mile hike. The dirt single track descends just 200 feet to an outcropping on the south wall of Yosemite Valley that overlooks El Capitan and Yosemite Falls.Yosemite Fall from Taft PointFrom the trailhead, turn left and begin a peaceful walk through a big pine forest bordering a... Read more.
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Distance: 4 miles – Elevation change: 200 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 22, 2014
Glacier Point view Yosemite National Park
The road to Glacier Point closes in the winter and spring because of snow, but it should probably be closed year round because the views from Glacier Point are too extraordinary for people to be able to just drive right up to them. It's too easy. Imagine how someone would feel after hiking all the way to the top of Half Dome, only to find out that there is a nearby view... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 23, 2014
Bridalveil Fall
The 620-foot single-drop Bridalveil Fall is not the longest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, but it is one of the most elegant. A half mile round trip hike delivers visitors to a viewing platform at the base the waterfall. The short and easy hike is not to be missed.From the trailhead, Bridalveil Fall is visible through the pine forest, plunging from a hanging... Read more.
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Distance: 0.5 miles – Elevation change: 50 feet
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 19, 2014
Tunnel View Yosemite National Park El Capitan
On the drive north to Yosemite Valley on Highway 41, as anticipation builds for the beauty ahead, you will pass through a dark tunnel. Suddenly the tunnel end, and an epic view appears, a breathtaking valley with magical waterfalls spilling off dramatic granite wall. Pull over the car and take in the full magnificence of Tunnel View.The eastward vantage into... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 23, 2014
Yosemite National Park Campgrounds camping information
Yosemite National Park is one of the premier areas for outdoor recreation in America and a great place to camp. While there are over 1,600 sites to choose from (once the snow clears), park campgrounds often fill completely. Planning ahead is essential. Many campgrounds in Yosemite National Park take reservations, and in peak summer months, these sites are typically... Read more.
By: hikespeak Last updated: July 15, 2014

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