The Best Chillin in Yosemite National Park

Looking for the best chillin in Yosemite National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Yosemite National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top chillin spots in and near Yosemite National Park

  • Mariposa County, California

    Backpack to Grant Lake

    4.0
    12.3 mi / 2000 ft gain
    The trail begins at the Ten Lakes trailhead (7600 ft) right beside Yosemite Creek. The first 4 miles start you on the ascent through the wooded forest, however there are portions of the trail that will take you through granite rock valleys marked with only cairns so keep your eyes peeled througho...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Yosemite Creek Campground

    Yosemite Creek Campground is on Tioga Road north of the valley at 7,700' elevation. There is a stream at this campsite which you can filter if you don't want to bring a lot of water. Offers access to unforgettable hiking trails. Open July-September. Bring your own tent and $12 for a site. Sites 4...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Explore Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP

    4.6
    2.5 mi
    Tenaya Lake is located alongside Tioga Road in the park's Tuolumne Meadows region. There is a family-friendly trail that surrounds the lake. Though some spots along the trail on the western shore may require fording the waters, the 2.5-mile trip is an easy hike for all to enjoy. Many others pre...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Camp at North Pines Campground

    The North Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village. The sites are available from March-October. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26/night for a site. Some sites are handicap accessible. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Camp at Lower Pines Campground

    The Lower Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village just a stone's throw from Mirror Lake. The sites are available from April-October. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26/night for a site. Some sites are handicap accessible. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Photograph Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite NP

    4.5
    This location turned out to be one of our favorite unplanned stops in the Yosemite Valley to photograph and explore.Stoneman Bridge was constructed in 1933 and spans 72 feet long. The Merced River flows under this classic stone bridge providing very photogenic reflections, with Half Dome in the b...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Camp at Upper Pines Campground

    5.0
    The Upper Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village. Enjoy incredible views of Half Dome, green meadows, wildlife, Glacier Point, and fall asleep listening to the Merced River.  The sites are available year-round. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26 for a site. Each ca...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Backpack Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

    5.0
    33 mi / 4800 ft gain
    Yosemite is an iconic park, and if you are looking for isolation with spectacular views of the backcountry this trip is for you. The trail itself is approximately 33 miles and can be done in 3-4 days, but I recommend a 6 day hike to enjoy the scenery and to have the opportunity to soak in each lo...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Bike Yosemite Valley

    4.0
    12 mi
    Bringing my bike to the Valley was one of the best decisions I have made on my many trips there. Everything changed after that visit and there will never be another time (unless in the dead of winter) that my bike will not be there with me. The reason is simple: everything is heightened.When Yose...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Rock Climb Penthouse Cracks, Yosemite NP

    The Penthouse Cracks in Yosemite Valley are a great introduction to crack climbing, in a safe environment. With fixed protection above the routes, you are able to safely top rope these climbs. Featuring a 5.8, two 5.10 climbs, and a 5.11, everyone can find something fun to try.Park at Yosemite Lo...
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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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    Hike to Waterwheel Falls

    17.32 mi
    Waterwheel Falls may be the most unique waterfall in Yosemite. During high waterflow an extraordinary phenomenon appears as the raging water hits a series of ledges creating a plume, this coupled with strong gust blowing upward create cyclical "waterwheel" effect hence the name. On a good day th...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Rock Climb in Camp 4

    5.0
    Some of the best bouldering in Yosemite Valley is on these polished granite boulders. This is an incredibly popular spot, especially during the summer months because of the tourist season. There's a small parking lot for Camp 4, but if that fills up, you'll have to park elsewhere and either walk ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Camp at Camp 4, Yosemite NP

    4.5
    Camp 4 is located in Yosemite Valley near Yosemite Valley Lodge. It's a popular spot for climbers as there is bouldering within the site. It's also located close to the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. Pets are not allowed. First come, first serve, $6/night. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • Tuolumne County, California

    Backpack to Nelson Lake

    17 mi / 1000 ft gain
    Head to any Yosemite wilderness station for a map, bear canister, and permit for Nelson Lake. The trail itself starts in the Tuolumne Campground at Elizabeth Lake trailhead. Follow the trail 2.2 miles up to Elizabeth Lake and remember the lake itself is in a no-camping zone, so you must continue ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Union Point via Four Mile Trail

    6 mi / 2332 ft gain
    Four Mile Trail is steep, but hikers efforts are more than rewarded. Union Point 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 Dome & Clouds Rest to the right. You can also see Yosemite Falls straigh...
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