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Top Hiking Trails in Yosemite

Top Hiking Trails in Yosemite

Yosemite isn’t just another national park—it was the first protected land in the US and the basis for what would ultimately become the National Park Service. Experience the park’s epic beauty—including stunning waterfalls—by hiking these trails.

Sentinel Dome Trail — 2.2 miles (3.5 km)

While the trail itself isn’t too difficult, the altitude of Sentinel Dome makes it a little tougher for hikers who haven’t acclimatized to the elevation. The trailhead is at 7,700 feet (2,347 meters), and the trail tops out at over 8,000 feet (2,438 meters). The reward of panoramic views make it a popular hike, as does its short round-trip distance.  

Mist Trail — 2.5 miles (4 km)

This moderate Yosemite trail is named for the fact that you’re sure to get covered in mist while hiking it. That is, of course, if you make it all the way to the top of Vernal Fall—a 2.5-mile (four-kilometer) round-trip hike that’s one of the park’s most popular routes. To leave the summer crowds behind, continue on to Nevada Falls for a strenuous, 5- to 6-hour hike that climbs just over 2,000 feet (609 meters).

Four Mile Trail — 4–10 miles (6–16 km)

Despite the relatively harmless name, Four Mile Trail is actually closer to 10 miles long if you hike it round-trip. However, considering it climbs 3,200 feet (975 meters) in less than five miles (eight kilometers), many travelers opt to drive to the top of the trail at Glacier Point before hiking one way down to the Yosemite Valley floor. It’s a popular day hike, offering a view that looks out at iconic sights such as Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, and the Half Dome summit.

 

Yosemite Falls Trail — 2–7 miles (3–11 km)

Ranging in distance depending how far you go, the Yosemite Falls Trail offers perfect views of America’s tallest waterfall. The round-trip hike to Columbia Rock takes about 2.5 hours, whereas the climb to the top of Yosemite Falls is a 6- to 8-hour journey.

Half Dome Trail — 14.2 miles (22.7 km)

Without question, Half Dome is one of the most visually stunning and epic American hikes, one steeped in wilderness and a journey that every outdoor enthusiast should experience. You can visit parts of it on a guided hiking trip, or choose a tour that involves summiting Half Dome and conquering its rickety cable system to the top (permit required). Because of the elevation gain and rugged terrain, the Half Dome Trail is the most difficult hike in the park and is only for fit and very experienced hikers.

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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
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Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

Private Guided Hiking Tour in Yosemite

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Walk to soaring cliffs and alpine meadows on a private, guided hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. Tailor this 5- or 6-hour trip to your interests and ability, then find your perfect trail into the wilderness. Learn about the history and ecology of the High Sierra as you walk alongside your guide, and find uncrowded paths in the heart of the park. Enjoy a backcountry picnic and discover stunning views of the Yosemite Valley or High Country, or challenge yourself to take on a longer hike with more elevation gain.
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$250.00
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Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

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Spend the day immersed in nature on a full-day hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. See the dramatic slopes of Half Dome and North Dome, experience the force of Yosemite Falls, and hike a variety trails to see Mirror Lake, and Spider Caves. Opt for a tour of an old Pioneer village and cemetery if you want. Guides carry water purification and first aid equipment and all profits form this tour support Yosemite youth summer camp programs.
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  • 8 hours
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$234.00
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Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

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Explore the stunning trails of Yosemite National Park on this guided hiking excursion. Select a specific hike for your skill level, with options ranging from beginner to strenuous, and enjoy the views from Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Half Dome and more. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this renowned landscape as you hike in the fresh air. An experienced guide will provide insightful commentary along the way.
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  • 5 hours
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$175.00
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Guided Half Dome Hike

Guided Half Dome Hike

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Earn panoramic views of Yosemite Valley from Half Dome’s summit on a full-day guided hike up the National Park’s most iconic landmark. This strenuous trip is a rite of passage for hikers from around the world, a physical and mental challenge with breathtaking rewards. Walk alongside your guide as you trace the legendary rock path and cable route, learn the natural and geologic history of the Sierra Mountains and finish the epic adventure with sore muscles, stunning photos and a lifetime place in the Half Dome Summit Club.  IMPORTANT: Hikers must obtain a permit to hike Half Dome. The supplier may have a permit depending on time of departure. To apply for a permit yourself, the Half Dome Permit Application Process is from March 1–31, and done through recreation.gov.
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  • 12 hours
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$275.00
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