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This cathedral of granite holds so much opportunity for hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more. Head up to Tuolumne Meadows or into the backcountry for more magnificent scenery and solitude.

Top Spots

10 Lakes Basin in Yosemite

Mariposa County, California

5.0
13.38 mi / 2200 ft gain

Grant Lake via Ten Lakes Trailhead

Mariposa County, California

4.0
12.24 mi / 2000 ft gain

Ten Lakes Trailhead to Tenaya Lake

Wawona, California

19.29 mi / 4439 ft gain

Camp at Yosemite Creek Campground

Mariposa County, California

Yosemite Creek Trail to Yosemite Creek Campground

Mariposa County, California

3.45 mi / 308 ft gain

Hike to May Lake

Mariposa County, California

4.0
3 mi / 500 ft gain

Hike to Mt. Hoffman

Mariposa County, California

6 mi / 2140 ft gain

Hike Mt. Hoffmann via the East Chute

Mariposa County, California

6 mi / 3000 ft gain

May Lake to Glen Aulin Trail

Mariposa County, California

22.51 mi / 3261 ft gain

Places to stay

White Wolf Lodge

Yosemite National Park, California

White Wolf Lodge

From $137 / night

The Ahwahnee

Yosemite Valley, California

The Ahwahnee

From $386 / night

Upper Pines

Upper Pines Campground, California

Upper Pines

From $26 / night

Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite Valley, California

Housekeeping Camp

From $108 / night

Curry Village

Yosemite Valley, California

Curry Village

From $90 / night

Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive

Yosemite Valley Lodge

From $219 / night

Guides and stories

Why Backpacking Clouds Rest Should Make Your Permit Application Lineup

Why Backpacking Clouds Rest Should Make Your Permit Application Lineup

AJ Johnson

A guide to hiking Half Dome

A guide to hiking Half Dome

Kyle Frost

A Beginner's Guide to Photographing Yosemite National Park

A Beginner's Guide to Photographing Yosemite National Park

Kyle Reader

How to Spend Your First Weekend in Yosemite National Park

How to Spend Your First Weekend in Yosemite National Park

Kyle Reader

8 Family-Friendly Hikes in Yosemite National Park

8 Family-Friendly Hikes in Yosemite National Park

The Outbound Collective

The Best Winter Adventures in Yosemite National Park

The Best Winter Adventures in Yosemite National Park

The Outbound Collective

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