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The Best Hiking in El Portal

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Top hiking spots in and near El Portal

  • El Portal, California

    Hites Cove Trail

    6.8 mi / 791 ft gain
    Hites Cove Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike Old Big Oak Flat Road

    4.1 mi / 1070 ft gain
    Old Big Oak Flat Road used to be one of the main entries into Yosemite Valley, before HWY 120, 140 and 41. It was a dangerous road which had to be realigned, reconstructed and maintained continuously and was eventually closed in the 1940’s after a giant rockslide made it completely irreparable. T...
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  • Wawona, California

    Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls

    17.18 mi / 4373 ft gain
    Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Crane Flat Lookout Trail

    2.75 mi / 351 ft gain
    Crane Flat Lookout Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Crane Flat Campground

    Crane Flat Campground is located on the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) just west of Crane Flat, about 30 minutes northwest of Yosemite Valley. Sites are open July-October at $26/night. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Hike the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

    4.2
    2.5 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is one of three sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park. This particular grove has gorgeous forest scenery and provides great solitude compared to the crowded Yosemite Valley. The trail used to be an old road offering a wide path with a gradual descent, makin...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Turtleback Dome

    1.4 mi / 350 ft gain
    Turtleback Dome will provide you with views of southern Yosemite and the Valley in a less crowded area. This hike on a service road is relatively easy with a slight elevation gain over the entire 0.7 miles. To get to the Trailhead, take Wawona Road north towards the valley. Use the referenced poi...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Merced Grove

    5.0
    3.32 mi / 600 ft gain
    Merced Grove is technically the smallest and most secluded of the three sequoia groves found in Yosemite National Park, which lends itself to be less crowded offering a peaceful solitude hike. The trailhead is located at the Merced Grove parking lot on Big Oak Flat Road. This trail begins by foll...
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  • Wawona, California

    Tamarack Flat to El Capitan

    16.54 mi / 3793 ft gain
    Tamarack Flat to El Capitan Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Tamarack Flat to Yosemite Valley

    16.79 mi / 3875 ft gain
    Tamarack Flat to Yosemite Valley Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Cascade Creek from Tamarack Campground Trail

    4.49 mi / 787 ft gain
    Cascade Creek from Tamarack Campground Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Backpack Yosemite's South Rim

    5.0
    18 mi / 2800 ft gain
    Step 1: Get Wilderness Permit from the Wilderness Office the day before! Permits are free and required. This trail is a Point-to-Point trail so make sure you have a shuttle situation figured out (or you can always hitch hike).  The best option is to get dropped off at Tunnel View so that you don'...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Artist Point in Yosemite National Park

    4.8
    2 mi / 500 ft gain
    Park at the Tunnel View parking lot. The Pohono Trail, which you fill follow for the first half mile, starts on the left side of Wawona Tunnel. You should notice a small path starting from the parking lot. The trail quickly ascends up a series of switchbacks before reaching a junction. If you...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike from Tunnel View to Glacier Point

    5.0
    13 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Beginning at 4400 feet of elevation in the bottom of Yosemite Valley, this trail will take you up about 3000 feet over 13 miles. You'll finish the hike at Glacier Point and be richly rewarded with one of the most spectacular views of Half Dome in the park.If you are interested in seeing landmarks...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    The Pohono Trail from Inspiration Point

    22.26 mi / 6083 ft gain
    The Pohono Trail from Inspiration Point is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Inspiration Point Trail

    2.13 mi / 1066 ft gain
    Inspiration Point Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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