There’s no better way to get up close and experience Yosemite Mariposa County and the Sierra wilderness than by setting out on foot and hiking. Hiking is one of the top things to do in Yosemite, and when you slow down and commune with nature, you see things you might otherwise miss. Things like waterfalls, wildflowers and wildlife that you can find at any turn on Yosemite hiking trails.
Wherever you start, chances are you’re close to a number of great Yosemite hiking trails. Discover the best hikes in Yosemite from Half Dome hikes past Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, to Yosemite hikes to lakes or through the ancient Mariposa Grove and more, there are so many trails in Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County, and so many excellent guide books and maps describing them that you’ll never be at a loss for a great Yosemite hike. And don’t forget to book an unforgettable place to stay when the sun sets and it’s time to pack it up and refresh yourself for another day of hiking in Yosemite. Because nothing beats the comfort of a warm fire when the day’s finished.
And don’t forget there are plenty of great hikes outside of Yosemite as well for you to explore.
- Goat Meadow Trailhead and Snowplay AreaGoat Meadow’s notoriety comes primarily from the winter and its reputation as a family-friendly snow play area. However, beyond the nearby hills that make for exciting sledding trails, lies a […]Read More
- Stockton Creek Preserve TrailThis scenic hike has you just minutes away from downtown Mariposa, but will make you feel like you’re miles from civilization. Stockton Creek Preserve is a rolling hike through the […]Read More
- Climbing Half Dome GuideThe most well-known rock formation in Yosemite National Park (perhaps even the United States), Half Dome is one of the most sought after climbs for hikers and rock climbers alike. […]Read More
- Panorama TrailYou’ve heard of the Half Dome Hike, Yosemite Falls Hike and the Mist Trail, but you’ve probably never heard of the Panorama Trail, arguably Yosemite’s most scenic trail. For those […]Read More
- Half Dome HikeYosemite’s Half Dome hike combines its most iconic attraction and most prestigious hike. Half Dome’s uniquely identifiable face stands proudly over the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. The trail to […]Read More
- Dewey Point TrailBegin by following the McGurk Meadow trail as described. The trail leads downhill 0.8 mile (1.3 km) to McGurk Meadow and the site of an old cabin that belonged to shepherd […]Read More
- Clouds RestCloud’s Rest, a massive granite formation just northeast of Half Dome in Yosemite Valley, is visible throughout Yosemite Valley and is an excellent trail for viewing the Valley Floor from […]Read More
- Eagle PeakEagle Peak is the highest of the Three Brothers, a rock formation, above Yosemite Valley in California. This independent peak is located just east of El Capitan. John Muir considered the […]Read More
- Cook’s Meadow TrailA wonderful short trail that is accessible year round and very flat. It loops from Sentinel Drive parking lot and across from Yosemite Falls, offering stunning views of Yosemite Falls, […]Read More
- Upper Yosemite Falls HikeWhere can you go in Yosemite National Park for some of the best views afforded by nature? Look no further than one of Yosemite oldest historic trails (built 1873 to […]Read More