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Yosemite Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park, welcomes visitors to experience majestic Yosemite in all four seasons. Explore awe-inspiring vistas, granite icons, breathtaking waterfalls and fascinating history while staying in Mariposa County.
There is no better way to get up close and experience Yosemite Mariposa County and the Sierra wilderness than by setting out on foot and discovering what some of Yosemite’s hikes have to offer. When you slow down and commune with nature, you see things you might otherwise miss. Whether you are looking for a solo day hike or a backpacking trail through Mariposa, nothing feels quite like the satisfaction you experience when you ascend your final switchback and reach the wide-open vantage points that overlook the Yosemite Valley like Glacier Point, Upper Yosemite Fall and Artist Point.
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With more than 1,000 square miles to explore in Yosemite National Park, chances are you are only a stone’s throw away from a great Yosemite hike.
While the most popular hikes in Yosemite are well known such as the Half Dome Cable Hike (where you can combine two iconic hikes by taking the Mist Trail to see Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls before hitting Yosemite’s most iconic rock face), there are many lesser-known Yosemite hikes that boast some of the best views, vistas, fascinating history and granite icons that can only be experienced by lacing up those hiking boots and taking on the stunning Yosemite Valley and wild Yosemite wilderness.
You never know what you’ll find when you venture off the beaten path. No matter the season, there’s always something else to discover at Yosemite National Park.
Visitors to Yosemite National Park will find the right trail no matter what kind of hiker they may be. From mild treks to tough terrain, there is a trail for every level of hiker.
A good pair of walking shoes paired with a map of Yosemite and Mariposa County will put you ahead of the game when it comes to visiting this iconic national treasure and the surrounding areas. The county includes not only Yosemite, but many other places worthy of exploration like the Sierra National Forest, the Merced River Recreation Management Area, Coulterville, Mariposa, Fish Camp and Wawona to name a few.
Hike the trails less traveled or knock off some of the most popular hikes in Yosemite from your bucket list. Let Yosemite Mariposa County help you plan your visit to the Yosemite Valley so you can get the most out of your experience.
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Yosemite Mariposa offers what could be the widest variety of hikes in California. Whether it’s a slow amble through the wildflowers while the kids chase butterflies or a solo climb up the granite switchbacks as clouds pass beneath you, there’s a trail for everyone regardless of age or ability.
Looking for a challenge? Check out these five Yosemite day hikes that are more than worth the miles. Pack up and go for it!
Interesting and scenic trails continue beyond the Yosemite National Park border. If you’re looking for quiet trails and the path less traveled, be sure to explore some of these hiking trails just outside Yosemite.
Fall is one of the best times for hiking in Yosemite Mariposa County. Read our blog to find the best Yosemite hikes for fall.
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t explore the breath-taking scenery at Yosemite National Park and Mariposa County.
Get excited about spring in Yosemite Mariposa County! With all there is to see and do, start planning your trip with these ideas for 5 days of spring fun.