The Best Hiking in Yosemite Valley

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

Top hiking spots in and near Yosemite Valley

  • 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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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    East Valley Floor Trail

    6.29 mi / 436 ft gain
    East Valley Floor Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail

    6.04 mi / 620 ft gain
    Mirror Lake via Valley Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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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 Valley, California

    Hike the Sentinel Meadow Cook's Meadow Loop Trail

    4.5
    2.3 mi / 85 ft gain
    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 spot at sunset), and the historic Yosemite Chapel.  ...
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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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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Little Yosemite Valley Campsite and Half Dome

    4.6
    13.88 mi / 4800 ft gain
    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 Valley and that you would like to hike up Half Dome. Th...
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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

    Mirror Lake, Snow Creek, and Upper Yosemite Falls Loop

    16.34 mi / 4987 ft gain
    Mirror Lake, Snow Creek, and Upper Yosemite Falls Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Half Dome via the Mist Trail

    4.8
    15.94 mi / 4800 ft gain
    Be sure to arrive early early in the morning to beat the crowds or if you want to break up the hike, first-come, first served campsites are available at Little Yosemite Valley Campground - make sure to check out the details in that adventure and obtain a wilderness permit. Even if you are just da...
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    Snow Creek Trail

    5.0
    20.43 mi / 2700 ft gain
    This is truly a beautiful hike. Although it’s not the easiest, you are rewarded by the views. From the Mirror Lake trailhead (shuttle stop #17), it is 0.9 miles to the Snow Creek trailhead and 1.7 miles to the Snow Creek overlook where you can camp in close proximity. Once you reach the top, you...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Vernal & Nevada Falls via Happy Isles

    4.6
    7.23 mi / 2815 ft gain
    This popular hike starts near Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. The first mile of the trail is paved and almost entirely uphill. You will come to the footbridge which tends to be very crowded. About 0.2 miles beyond the footbridge, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. Follow the Mist Tra...
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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 Trail

    36.04 mi / 8668 ft gain
    Merced Lake Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Glacier Point Trail

    0.59 mi / 52 ft gain
    Glacier Point Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Taft Point via Glacier Point

    7.67 mi / 2011 ft gain
    Taft Point via Glacier Point Trail is an out-and-back trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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