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The Top 10 Hikes in Yosemite National Park

The best hikes in Yosemite = some of the best hikes on the planet.

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You know how views only get better and better the higher you hike? That has never been more true than on the trails in Yosemite National Park. Take Half Dome, for instance (maybe you've heard of it?). You start at the base of the Valley, walking along the Merced River, surrounded by tall trees and much, much taller cliffs. Then some 4,800ft and 7 miles later, you're sitting atop a barren granite dome and those trees below look like blades of grass. Plus, the infamous Half Dome is hardly the only hike to provide such an experience - and most come without the hassle of the permit

If Yosemite is still on your bucket list, make it a priority this year and check out our favorite hikes before you do.  

1. Hike Half Dome via the Mist Trail

Photo: Eddie Jo

2. Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail

Photo: Joel Bear

3. Hike to Upper Yosemite Falls

Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

4. Hike the Panorama Trail

Photo: Todd Gordon

5. Hike to Artist Point

Photo: Sarah Giek

6. Hike to Waterwheel Falls at Glen Aulin

Photo: Alex Souza

7. Hike Clouds Rest

Photo: Addison Klinke

8. Hike the North Dome Loop via Yosemite Falls Trail

Photo: Matt Purciel

9. Hike to Taft Point

Photo: Joel Bear

10. Scramble up Cathedral Peak

Photo: Christopher Grant

Cover photo: Joel Bear

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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