Top Adventures in Yosemite Valley

  • Photograph Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite NP

    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 ve...

  • 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 access...

  • 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...

  • Hike the Sentinel Meadow Cook's Meadow Loop Trail

    This short, easy walk provides some of the best views of several iconic Yosemite landmarks from the valley floor.  If you complete the entire loop, expect to see Yosemite Falls from the Swinging Bridge, Half Dome from Sentinel Bridge (a popular sp...

    2.3 miles

  • Camp at Upper Pines Campground

    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 a...

  • Backpack to Little Yosemite Valley Campsite and Hike Half Dome

    First things first. You will need to get a wilderness pass by entering the lottery for Half Dome access. If you don't get a pass via lottery just go to the Yosemite Valley visitor center, tell the clerk you are backpacking to Little Yosemite Valle...

    15 miles 4800 ft gain

  • Thru-Hike the John Muir Trail

    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 ...

    211 miles 45000 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...

  • Reverse Summit of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite's Panorama Trail is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and worthwhile trails in the entire national park. The stretch that reaches from the valley floor to the top of Glacier Point involves 8.5 miles and a monumental amount of elevation g...

    17 miles 6100 ft gain

  • 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

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    • Yosemite Valley, California

      Housekeeping Camp

      From Housekeeping Camp, you’ll have unmatched views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome as you prepare your dinner on your campfire ring’s grill. Enjoy your meal on your covered patio as you take in th...

      From $108/night

    • Yosemite Valley, California

      Curry Village

      Seasonal amenities include ice skating, bike rentals, swimming pool, rock climbing and guided hikes.

      From $90/night

    • Yosemite Valley, California

      The Ahwahnee

      The Ahwahnee offers a gift shop with a focus on local artisans, a decadent sweet shop, a comfortable bar and a heated outdoor swimming pool. The Ahwahnee Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, dinner...

      From $386/night

    • Upper Pines Campground, California

      Upper Pines

      Overview Upper 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 ...

      From $26/night

    • Yosemite Valley, California

      North Pines

      Overview North Pines Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 4000 feet. The site is situated in t...

      From $26/night

    • Yosemite Valley, California

      Lower Pines

      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 ...

      From $26/night

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