Planning your next adventure? If you are heading to the mountains of California, then you need to add Yosemite park to your ‘To Do’ list. Gorgeous scenery, it’s well known for its waterfalls, but also its mountain trails, giant sequoias, valleys and its sheer vastness.
No visit to the park would be complete without checking out the hiking trails. We will give you a list of trails fit for all levels of ability. If you are looking to challenge yourself up the mountain or just get a better view, check out this list of great hikes.
Great for the whole family and those not trying to break their records.
Lower Yosemite Falls
Perfect and easy, this hike is ideal for grandma and toddlers alike. This hike has almost no noticeable elevation and takes you to the base of the fifth tallest waterfall. It’s a half-mile from the head of the trial or a mile and a half from Yosemite village. Best time to visit is spring when the water is really falling.
This hike is classified as easy, which is a good thing, as the scenery here will definitely take your breath away. The entire walk in is paved and you will enjoy views of the falls at the beginning and the end of the hike. This falls is in two parts and you will be up close and personal with the lower part.
Related: Tips for Hiking With Kids
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Sentinel Meadow and Cook’s Meadow Loop
This hike is longer, at 2. 25 miles and there is almost no elevation to climb. Take in the spectacular views of the meadows, you will see the falls from different angles and Half Dome.
It’s a great hike if you are interested in the fresh air and a beautiful view. It is easy to finish in an hour but you may find yourself lingering over a few of those views.
Medium or Moderate Hikes
These are for those who want to elevate their heart rate and their views.
Mono Pass Trail
This hike is 7.4 miles with a 900-foot elevation. It is considered moderate in difficulty. It should take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, depending on your fitness level and how long you want to just enjoy the scenery.
You’ll be wowed by the green meadows, the fresh streams, then on to Bloody Canyon and gorgeous views of the eastern Sierras. Then, on to Mono Lake and Mono Valley. You’ll feel like you’ve passed through several countries.
Vernal Fall Footbridge
While this one is an easier moderate, it’s not easy. That is because although it is only 2 miles in and out, it’s pretty steep. This is one of the most popular trails in Yosemite.
You will see Vernal Falls, plus you will see Mist Trail crossing the footbridge. There are resting points along the way and you can choose to carry on to each one for better views.
Hard or Difficult Hikes
These are not for everyone. These will be for expert climber and those who are fit enough to handle a good, difficult climb.
This hike has several different routes. You do need a permit for accessing the cable part of the trail. The distance and time limit will depend on your choice of the trail but expect anywhere from 7 to 24 miles and 7 to 10 hours to complete it in a day.
The view, however, is breathtaking from start to finish. Mountains, waterfalls from all angles and levels, meadows, peaks and valleys. It’s possibly the most popular day hike in Yosemite, but also one of the hardest and dangerous.
While you will want to check to see when the optimum time to visit, is, keep in mind there will be crowds. Yosemite Park is a huge tourist destination and the trails will be crowded.
There are chartered bus tours arriving every day and those people all swarming to the trails. This may play a big part in when you choose to go. Scenic views and crowds with chatter and crying babies or fewer crowds and less scenic.
If you live relatively close, you could come at different times of the year, to see what suits you. Even the difficult climbs will have plenty of hikers.
Regardless of when you come, it’s always worth seeing. It’s got miles and miles of spectacular views, trails, wildlife, trees and waterfalls. There are also plenty of restaurants and varying degrees of trails will surely be a hit with the whole family.