Top Adventures in Mariposa County

  • Hike to Taft Point

    Taft Point is such an amazing and different view of the Yosemite Valley. If you're lucky and you time it right, you'll also experience complete solitude. While driving Glacier Point Road, just a few minutes before arriving at Glacier Point, you'll...

    2.2 miles 200 ft gain

  • Witness Yosemite's Firefall

    Over 5 million visitors flock to Yosemite National Park in California's Sierra Nevada Mountain Range every year to take in the geological splendor. While most visitors get to see the park's waterfalls, very few ever get to witness the Firefall. Fo...

    0.1 miles 0 ft gain

  • Hike to Sentinel Dome

    One of the most popular places in Yosemite for sunset is Glacier Point, but by walking one mile from the trailhead, the crowds quickly dissipate. Sentinel Dome is great for all ages since the trail is short and not too steep. Park at the Sentinel ...

    1.8 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail

    Glacier Point is one of the highlights of Yosemite. The point is located at the end of Glacier Point Road. This viewpoint allows you to survey the entire Yosemite Valley and gives the viewer a captivating sight of Half Dome. It's a little bit of a...

    9.4 miles 3200 ft gain

  • Camp at Glacier Point

    Everyone that knows Yosemite, knows Glacier Point. An overlook that attracts thousands of people per day that drive up via Glacier Point Road is rarely vacant of the hustle and bustle of people. However, there is a loop hole here, and when the sta...

    9.4 miles 3200 ft gain

  • Hike to Moran Point via Four Mile Trail

    Four Mile Trail is steep, but hikers efforts are more than rewarded. Moran Point (Union Point on some maps) sits above Yosemite Valley at 6,332 feet - offering sweeping views of El Capitan and the valley entrance to the left, and North Dome / Half...

    6 miles 2332 ft gain

  • Photograph Yosemite Falls at Swinging Bridge in Winter

    This is a drive up and shoot adventure in winter. The spot is at Swinging Bridge area. This area is also a picnic area and hiking trail but, in my opinion, the best spot to capture Yosemite Falls is a few steps walk after you park the car.One of n...

  • Watch the Sunset in El Capitan Meadow

    After entering the park, keep driving the loop until you get onto Northside Drive, and then park once you are right below El Capitan (the 3,000ft granite monolith that is very hard to miss).Once you've parked, grab a blanket, snacks, and a beverag...

  • Hike to Illilouette Falls in Yosemite National Park

    The hike begins at Glacier Point. Find the marker for the Panorama Trail just beyond the viewing steps (to the right, if you’re looking at Half Dome). The first section of the hike will be lined with open views of Half Dome, Vernal Falls and Nev...

    4 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Backpack to Clouds Rest from Glacier Point

    Start from Glacier Point around 7,200 feet leaving on the Panoramic Trail. Head down 2 miles to Illilouette Falls (5,800 feet). Once you cross the bridge at Illilouette Falls you go up Panorama Point and head back down to Nevada Falls (5,971 feet)...

    24 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Photograph Yosemite's Half Dome at Glacier Point

    Glacier Point gives you a classic view of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.  You can get a different perspective of Half Dome if you jump on any of the trails heading out of Glacier Point. Illilouette Falls trail gives you a different view of Half Do...

  • Stargaze and Photograph the Night Sky at Glacier Point

    The summer months of June, July, and August tend to provide the best views of the stars, and particularly in August during the meteor showers. Amateur astronomers often gather on Saturdays during the summer, and provide first hand knowledge and gu...

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    • Yosemite Valley, California

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      Overview Lower Pines Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,000 feet. The site is situated in ...

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    • Yosemite Valley, California

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