The Best Backpacking in Mariposa County

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Top backpacking spots in and near Mariposa County

  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Glacier Point

    4.7
    9.4 mi / 3200 ft gain
    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 stars align you can have Glacier Point ALL to yoursel...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Panorama Trail to Little Yosemite Valley

    21.64 mi / 3773 ft gain
    Panorama Trail to Little Yosemite Valley is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Backpack to Clouds Rest from Glacier Point

    4.0
    24 mi / 6000 ft gain
    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). Once you reach Nevada Falls fill up on as much w...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Merced Lake Loop Trail

    33.31 mi / 5932 ft gain
    Merced Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Hike to Eagle Peak via Rockslides Trail

    4.0
    16.07 mi / 5568 ft gain
    A Yosemite Valley trip in May has tourist filled buses, noisy car alarms, and crowded trails written all over it. Thus, I wanted to avoid the beaten path. Looking into possible destinations, John Muir once said in regards to Eagle Peak, "where the most comprehensive of all the views to be had on ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Backpack to Yosemite's Eagle Peak via Yosemite Falls

    12.6 mi / 3779 ft gain
    Get a permit.  Any overnight backpacking in Yosemite requires a permit from the Wilderness Center.  Before you leave make sure to get one! Get a bear canister!  Bears are active in Yosemite and all backpackers must take the required measures to keep food away from them! Start at Camp 4.  Eagle Pe...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    El Capitan Loop

    20.48 mi / 5312 ft gain
    El Capitan Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Hike the El Capitan Trail

    5.0
    15 mi / 5662 ft gain
    Start on the Yosemite Falls trailhead and work your way up. Yosemite Falls can be anywhere from a huge flow to a slow trickle depending on the time of year. Hiking boots are absolutely necessary and hiking poles are a huge benefit. Say hello to rock climbers at the top as they finish their El Cap...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Upper Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Indian Rock, Snow Creek

    17.54 mi / 6053 ft gain
    Upper Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Indian Rock, Snow Creek Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Trail

    22.28 mi / 6850 ft gain
    Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Backpack to Lower Ottoway Lake

    32 mi / 2400 ft gain
    The hike begins at Mono Meadows trailhead along Glacier Point Road, first descending 2.8 steep miles to Illilouette Creek. Above the Illilouette Junction, take in views of the Valley's granite domes before beginning the post-burn forested slog. The trail covers an additional 10 miles of relativel...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Thru-Hike the John Muir Trail

    5.0
    211 mi / 45000 ft gain
    To thru hike the JMT is probably one of the sickest trips to do! It's not a heavy commitment like the PCT or AT but it's also no week long vacation from work, backpacking the woods of your local forests either. There's a sweet spot in thru hiking and I believe this trail gives the full taste. You...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop

    21.3 mi / 6178 ft gain
    Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails

    36.06 mi / 9045 ft gain
    Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails is a loop trail offering scenic lake and waterfall views loceated in Yosemite National Park, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass Trail

    45.4 mi / 9124 ft gain
    The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Dewey Point via McGurk Meadow Trailhead

    5.0
    7.51 mi / 300 ft gain
    Before you start, be sure to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and grab an overnight permit. More info on this at nps.gov. This trail meanders through beautiful, dense meadows full of wildlife - watch for bears! When you're not hiking among the wildflowers and babbling brooks, you're enc...
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