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Groveland, California

Drive the Yosemite Valley Loop

Originally added by Moe Lauchert

Pull off at the numerous hikes and trailsShort driving distanceScenic viewsEasy access to the grocery store in the parkWildlife

Upon entering Yosemite Valley National Park I made it a point to see Half Dome, El Capitan, and Washington Column and several other famous Yosemite formations. What I didn't realize was as soon as I entered The Village was that all could be seen within a 15 minute loop around the valley floor. There was plenty of space to park and obviously an abundance of trailheads to hike down.

During the drive, I pulled over and ended up taking 4-Mile Trail which leads to a face view of Half Dome. It was strenuous to say the least, especially with camera gear. The loop does a good job of showing some highlights of Yosemite for someone without a lot of time on hand or with a group of new hikers. There are easy to Moderate trails and great views from any vantage point. There isn't any cell service so plan accordingly.

The stops I made were Half Dome, North Dome, Washington Column, Cathedral Rock, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, 4-Mile Trail, and Camp 4 all within 5 hours.

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