The Best Hiking in Yosemite National Park

Looking for the best hiking 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 hiking spots in and near Yosemite National Park

  • Mariposa County, California

    10 Lakes Basin in Yosemite

    5.0
    13.38 mi / 2200 ft gain
    Beginning at the Ten Lakes trailhead, the trail to the lakes is a moderately strenuous uphill grind to Ten Lakes pass, followed by a quick downhill into the lake basin. We met a woman at the top who made sure we didn’t miss the short side trail to a vista point on the pass that offered a sweeping...
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  • 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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  • Wawona, California

    Ten Lakes Trailhead to Tenaya Lake

    19.29 mi / 4439 ft gain
    Ten Lakes Trailhead to Tenaya Lake is a point-to-point trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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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

    Yosemite Creek Trail to Yosemite Creek Campground

    3.45 mi / 308 ft gain
    Yosemite Creek Trail to Yosemite Creek Campground is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to May Lake

    4.0
    3 mi / 500 ft gain
    May Lake is a stunning, serene subalpine lake that rests at the base of Mt. Hoffmann. The May Lake turnoff is located four miles past Tenaya Lake. From the turnoff, it's 1.8 miles to the trailhead parking lot. During summer time, I will recommend getting to the parking area early to get a spot ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike to Mt. Hoffman

    6 mi / 2140 ft gain
    The May Lake trailhead is at the end of a 2 mile unpaved road leading north from Tioga Road. The trailhead has pit toilets and bear lockers. (Please be sure to store any food, garbage, scented items, and empty coolers in these lockers while hiking!) After hiking an easy 1.3 miles, you'll arrive ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Hike Mt. Hoffmann via the East Chute

    6 mi / 3000 ft gain
    This is a solid, day long trip. It is a great hike with a bit of a scramble on the way up to the summit massif and then again at the nearly 11,000-foot peak of Mount Hoffmann. You will have what John Muir described as his favorite view of Yosemite. You can look down onto Half Dome and across the ...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    May Lake to Glen Aulin Trail

    22.51 mi / 3261 ft gain
    May Lake to Glen Aulin Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    May Lake High Sierra Camp from Tioga Pass Road

    6.57 mi / 1040 ft gain
    May Lake High Sierra Camp from Tioga Pass Road Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Porcupine Creek Trail to Indian Ridge Natural Arch to North Dome

    10.04 mi / 2089 ft gain
    Porcupine Creek Trail to Indian Ridge Natural Arch to North Dome is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Yosemite Creek Trail

    12.35 mi / 1818 ft gain
    Yosemite Creek Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Wawona, California

    Lukens Lake Trail

    2.26 mi / 253 ft gain
    Lukens Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Tenaya Lake to May Lake to Mount Hoffman

    13.77 mi / 2992 ft gain
    Tenaya Lake to May Lake to Mount Hoffman Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    May Lake from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead

    6.9 mi / 1188 ft gain
    May Lake from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Murphy Creek Trail to Polly Dome Lake

    6.46 mi / 633 ft gain
    Murphy Creek Trail to Polly Dome Lake is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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