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.
- Mono Meadow TrailThe Mono Meadow and Mount Starr King Trails descend steeply to Mono Meadow–an area that is very wet throughout the summer. Expect log crossings over creeks and lots of mud. […]Read More
- McGurk Meadow TrailThe trail leads downhill 0.8 miles (1.3 km) to McGurk Meadow and the site of an old cabin that belonged to John McGurk. One mile (1.6 km) beyond the cabin […]Read More
- Lukens Lake from White WolfFollow Lukens Lake from White Wolf trail through a mixed conifer forest to Lukens Lake, a small mountain lake surrounded by a meadow. The trail crosses the Middle Fork of […]Read More
- Lukens Lake HikeThe Lukens Lake Hike winds through a mixed conifer forest, then over a saddle and down to a small mountain lake surrounded by a meadow. Shooting stars and dozens of […]Read More
- Harden Lake via White Wolf LodgeHarden Lake sits near the edge of decent down towards the eastern tip of Hetch Hetchy and the beginning of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, nearly 3,000 feet […]Read More
- Glen Aulin HikeThis trail guide is provided & sponsored by Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides. This trail has everything you are looking for in your Yosemite trip – dynamic, cascading waterfalls, granite cliffs and valleys, […]Read More
- Elizabeth LakeThe trail begins in the B loop of the campground and climbs steadily to a glacier-carved lake at the base of Unicorn Peak. The return hike follows the same route.Read More
- Lembert Dome HikeLembert Dome is a short hike with big reward. The trail rises steeply for 0.75 mile to a signed junction. Turn left to reach the top of Lembert Dome for a spectacular […]Read More
- Dog Lake HikeDog Lake is a fairly easy (a little steep at the beginning) trail that is perfect for most hikers in Tuolumne Meadows who want to ease into elevation and see […]Read More
- Yosemite FallsAt a height of more than 2,425 ft Yosemite Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America. It flows approximately November through July, with peak flow in May. Look for the ice […]Read More