The Best Outdoor Activities in Yosemite

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Backpack Sunrise Lakes to Clouds Rest

Yosemite / Tenaya Lake Trailhead

Start out at the Tenaya Lake Trailhead, where you can head directly onto the trail for Clouds Rest or you can branch off after 2.7 miles to Sunrise Lakes.

Nathaniel Polta
1161 Saves

Soak in the Sierras: Travertine Hot Springs

Yosemite / Travertine Hot Spring

After you’ve bagged an Eastern Sierra peak, you deserve a little soaking to soothe your aching feet and tired muscles. Luckily, our great Mother Earth provides what you need.

IdleTheoryBus
1010 Saves

Camp at Wild Willy's Hot Spring

Yosemite / Wild Willy's Hot Springs

Also known as "Crowley Hot Springs", Wild Willey's is located a short drive from Mammoth Lakes. For more information on the hot springs and the public land restoration, check out the BLM's Website.

Greg Balkin
994 Saves

Hike to Upper Yosemite Falls

Yosemite / Valley View Parking Lot

You can find the trailhead to Upper Yosemite Falls near Camp 4. There is plenty of free parking here and you can also take a shuttle to stop #7.

Tiffany Nguyen
891 Saves

Camp and Photograph Hot Creek

Yosemite / Hot Creek Geological Site

Hot Creek Geological Site is a must see when you are in the Mammoth Lakes area.

Gregg Boydston
799 Saves

Hike to Taft Point

Yosemite / Taft Point Trail

Taft Point is such an amazing and different view of the Yosemite Valley. If you're lucky and you time it right, you'll also experience complete solitude.

Joel Bear
725 Saves

Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail

Yosemite / Four Mile Trail

Glacier Point is one of the highlights of Yosemite. The point is located at the end of Glacier Point Road.

Joel Bear
598 Saves

Hiking to Vernal & Nevada Falls

Yosemite / Vernal Falls Trailhead

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.

Hike to Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite / Lower Yosemite Falls

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. The falls consists of three sections: Upper Falls, Middle Cascades, and Lower Falls.

Tiffany Nguyen
506 Saves

Camp at Glacier Point

Yosemite / Four Mile Trail

Everyone that knows Yosemite, knows Glacier Point. An overlook that attracts thousands of people per day that drive up via Glacier Point Road is rarely vacant of the hustle and bustle of people.

Sarah Vaughn
500 Saves

Camp and Hike the Big Pine Lakes

Yosemite / North Fork Trail

The North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail offers some of the best high alpine scenery in the Sierras.

Brenda Lin
497 Saves

Photograph Yosemite's Tunnel View

Yosemite / Yosemite Valley Tunnel View

Tunnel View sets you up for an iconic view of some of the major highlights of the Yosemite valley including Bridal Veil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance.

Andy Best
472 Saves

Hike the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Yosemite / Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is one of three sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park.

Rob Witt
455 Saves

Backpack the Full John Muir Trail

Yosemite / John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail technically starts at the Happy Isles trailhead in Yosemite Valley, although there are a couple of alternative starting points, including Lyell Canyon and Tuolumne Meadows.

Bo Baumgartner
437 Saves

Hike to Yosemite's Mirror Lake

Yosemite / Mirror Lake Trailhead, Yosemite NP

Mirror Lake is a very popular spot in the Yosemite Valley and definitely a must see to check off your explore list.

Mariya Dondonyan
413 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Mt. Whitney

Yosemite / Mt. Whitney Trail

Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. It stands over 14,500ft high at its peak and it sure feels like it when you are up there.

Gregg Boydston
406 Saves

Backpack to Little Yosemite Valley Campsite and Hike Half Dome

Yosemite / Upper Pines Campground Parking Lot

First things first. You will need to get a wilderness pass by entering the lottery for Half Dome access.

Eddie Jo
403 Saves

Hike Half Dome via the Mist Trail

Yosemite / Mist Trail

If doing one of the most dangerous day hikes, a 5 hour hike in and 5 hour hike out with temperatures over 90 degrees, and mosquitos that will eat you alive if not wearing proper clothing makes you st.

Bijan Rafie-tari
402 Saves

Backpack the Rae Lakes Loop

Yosemite / Roads End Permit Station

Day one: 10 miles After checking in with the park ranger and getting your required permits you will start your hike along a 1.8 mile stretch along the south fork of the Kings River.

Kevin Kaminski
385 Saves

Camp at Mono Lake

Yosemite / Black Point Fissures Trailhead

Many people visit Mono Lake for a quick photo opportunity of the South Tufa. When I discovered camping was allowed on the North side of the lake, I knew I had to experience it and share.

Gregg Boydston
358 Saves

Photographing Valley View

Yosemite / Valley View Parking Lot

Valley View is a must stop viewpoint in Yosemite National Park. Most people visit Valley View on their way out of the park as it is the last stop, located along the one-way Northside Drive.

Tiffany Nguyen
338 Saves

Backpack the High Sierra Trail

Yosemite / Crescent Meadow Trailhead

The High Sierra Trail begins at Crescent Meadow in Sequoia National Park, on the West side of the Sierra Nevada range, and ends at Whitney Portal on the East, traversing the highest and most beautifu.

Carl Schnitker
338 Saves

Hike Clouds Rest

Yosemite / Tenaya Lake Trailhead

The "younger" brother of the world famous Half Dome, Clouds Rest is in fact a solid 1,000 feet taller despite receiving significantly less attention.

Addison Klinke
315 Saves

Hike to Artist Point in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite / Pohono Trailhead

Park at the Tunnel View parking lot. The Pohono Trail, which you fill follow for the first half mile, starts on the left side of Wawona Tunnel.

Sarah Giek
312 Saves

Stargaze at Olmsted Point

Yosemite / Olmsted Point Overlook

Just off the side of the highway, look for the pullout for Olmsted Point on your Map. There is a parking area with about 25 parking spots and the lookout point with the tree is right next to there.

Eric Bennett
310 Saves

Hiking Convict Lake

Yosemite / Convict Lake Trailhead

In 1871, a group of inmates escaped from a prison and were ambushed near the lake by a posse who had tracked them down.

Todd Gordon
304 Saves

Hike to Devils Postpile & Rainbow Falls

Yosemite / Devils Postpile Ranger Station

If you do this once the shuttles are running from Mammoth Mountain, you'll want to park at the Mammoth Mountain Inn and took the Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus to the trailhead closest to Devils Postpile.

Aaron Bird
289 Saves

Backpack to Glen Aulin

Yosemite / Glen Aulin Trailhead

A waterfall oasis in the heart of the sierra. The Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp sits along the beautifully winding Tuolumne River.

Alex Souza
285 Saves

Hike Moro Rock

Yosemite / Moro Rock - Sequoia National Park

Moro Rock is a granite dome with a staircase leading to the 6,725 foot summit, where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Great Western Divide.

John Loyola
266 Saves

Hike to Bridalveil Fall

Yosemite / Bridalveil Fall Trail

Since most things you want to see in Yosemite require a hike, this place is a nice change to see something without having to walk for hours.

Eric Bennett
265 Saves

Backpack 10 Lakes Basin in Yosemite

Yosemite / Ten Lakes Trailhead

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.

Kyle Frost
263 Saves

Backpack to Duck Lake

Yosemite / Duck Pass Trailhead

The Duck Pass trail in the John Muir Wilderness combines breathtaking views, wildflowers and plenty of icy mountain lakes for swimming into a trail that is moderate in both difficulty and distance.

Sierra Joy
256 Saves

Hike the Badlands Loop in Death Valley

Yosemite / Zabriskie Point Parking Area

The Badlands Loop is a surreal 2.5 mile walk down into the gullies and gulches below Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.

Shannon Kalahan
256 Saves

32 Mile Ansel Adams Backpacking Loop

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows

Backpacking in the Ansel Adams Wilderness Named for the famed landscape photographer and environmentalist, the Ansel Adams Wilderness protects over 230,000 acres of the eastern Sierra Nevada near Ma.

Greg Owens
251 Saves

Hike the Panorama Trail

Yosemite / Panorama Trail via Mist Trailhead

The Panorama Trail is an outstanding hike that takes you from the Yosemite Valley floor up to Glacier Point. Or you can hike it downhill going from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley.

Todd Gordon
249 Saves

Explore Crowley Lake Columns

Yosemite / Crowley Lake Beach

Starting from Mammoth Lakes you head South on Highway 395 until you get to Benton Crossing Rd. (Green Church on the corner) and make a left.

Gregg Boydston
247 Saves

Backpack Cathedral Lakes

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Visitor's Center

Starting from the Tuolumne Meadows parking lot, this trail wanders through the classic High Sierra forest with large white granite boulders and pine trees.

Addison Klinke
244 Saves

Hike to Darwin Falls

Yosemite / Darwin Falls Trailhead

Yes, you saw this right, it's a waterfall in Death Valley. This magical oasis has water flowing year round and is found in the driest place in North America.

Korey Taylor
242 Saves

Backpack to Bear Lake (Emigrant Wilderness)

Yosemite / Crabtree Trailhead

Start by picking up your wilderness permit at the Summit Ranger Station near Pinecrest - (209) 965-3434. There's no quota for this area, so no need for reservations in advance.

Greg Balkin
238 Saves

Backpacking to Jennie Lake

Yosemite / Big Meadow Trailhead

Jennie Lake is a beautiful subalpine lake located in the Jennie Lakes Wilderness just outside of Sequoia National Park.

Blake Maitoza
237 Saves

Camp in the Alabama Hills

Yosemite / Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead

The Alabama Hills Recreation Area is a area owned by BLM and open to the public. Camping is free and you can say for a max of 14 days.

Mike O'Hara
236 Saves

Explore and Hike Mono Lake

Yosemite / Mono Lake Tufta Reserve

Mono Lake is was formed at least 760,000 years ago, making it one of North America's oldest lake. Explore the coastline of this unique lake filled with unusual rock formations called tufas.

Justin Ritucci
234 Saves

Photographing the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Yosemite / Mesquite Sand Dunes

The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes are the most photographed dunes at Death Valley National Park. To reach the dune’s parking lot from Furnace Creek, drive 22 miles west on Highway 190.

Tiffany Nguyen
228 Saves

Explore Tenaya Lake, Yosemite NP

Yosemite / Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake is located alongside Tioga Road in the park's Tuolumne Meadows region. There is a family-friendly trail that surrounds the lake.

Sarah Giek
226 Saves

Photograph Mobius Arch

Yosemite / Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills area of Lone Pine, CA is located on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevadas.

Tiffany Nguyen
224 Saves

Backpacking to Sword Lake

Yosemite / County Line Trailhead

Getting There Take 108 to Pinecrest Lake to pick up a free backcountry permit at the Summit Ranger Station. (If you reach Strawberry you've gone too far.

Kira Thornley
222 Saves

Hike to Tokopah Falls in Sequoia National Park

Yosemite / Tokopah Falls Trail

This hike starts from the Lodgepole area of Sequoia National Park. Parking is easy at the easternmost end of the paved road prior to entering the campground.

Adam Franklin
214 Saves

Hike Crescent Meadow

Yosemite / Crescent Meadow Trailhead

Crescent Meadow is a collection of loops in the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park. The trailhead is located just past the tunnel log east of General's Highway 198. The main loop is 1.6mi total.

Dane
212 Saves

Hike to Emerald Lake, Sequoia National Park

Yosemite / Alta Peak Trailhead

Begin this hike at the Alta Peak Trailhead in the Sequoia National Park. The trail initially takes you east-southeast through a loosely forested area that is stark and arid. Around 1.

Felix Madrid
197 Saves

Explore June Lake

Yosemite / June Lake

June Lake is a hidden gem in the Eastern Sierra, just north of Mammoth Lakes. June Lake is a quaint little lake with spectacular views.

Pine Watt
195 Saves

Backpack to North Dome in Yosemite

Yosemite / Porcupine Creek

To stay overnight in Yosemite without a reserved campsite requires a "Wilderness Permit" to camp, but you can camp anywhere.

Will Smith
192 Saves

Backpack to Fourth Lake on the Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail

Yosemite / North Fork Trail

From Big Pine, you'll turn onto Crocker St. to head towards the mountains. Once you are about 11 miles down the road you will see a sign and a turnoff on the right for trailhead parking.

Nathaniel Polta
191 Saves

Backpack to Franklin Lakes & Franklin Pass

Yosemite / Mineral King Ranger Station

Franklin Lakes is part of the Sequoia National Park and can be reached from the trailhead starting near the Mineral King Ranger Station.

Michael Kovalsky
190 Saves

Hiking Onion Valley to Kearsarge Pass Trail

Yosemite / Onion Valley Trailhead

This trail starts at the Onion Valley Trailhead. This trail is in the John Muir Wilderness and ends at Kearsarge Pass, the boundary for Kings Canyon National Park.

Drew Robinson
183 Saves

Backpack in Mineral King

Yosemite / Mineral King Trailhead

The trailhead is right near the Mineral King Ranger Station (on Mineral King Rd) in Sequoia National Park.

Ali Kim
181 Saves

Explore Zabriskie Point

Yosemite / Zabriskie Point

Zabriskie Point is a unique viewpoint in Death Valley National Park located just east of Furnace Creek on Hwy 190.

Tiffany Nguyen
181 Saves

Hike to Waterwheel Falls

Yosemite / Glen Aulin Trailhead

Waterwheel Falls may be the most unique waterfall in Yosemite.

Alex Souza
178 Saves

Winter Backpack to Sentinel Dome in Yosemite

Yosemite / Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

The goal for our weekend was to do some winter camping in the Yosemite backcountry; we decided on Sentinel Dome as our destination.

Kyle Frost
175 Saves

4-Day Backpack Trip to Thousand Island Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Start from Agnew Meadows about 7 miles away.

Aaron Bird
175 Saves

Backpack Chewing Gum Lake

Yosemite / Gianelli Cabin Trailhead, Emigrant Wilderness

Chewing Gum Lakes is located in Emigrant Wilderness, South of Lake Tahoe and North of Yosemite, with stunning valley views and gorgeous granite faces, peaking through the tree lines of the Stanislaus.

Kathleen Buenviaje
173 Saves

Hike to Pika Lake

Yosemite / Duck Pass Trailhead

As many of the other hikes start in this area, you start at the Goldwater Creek Campground where there is plenty of parking and restrooms. You will take the Duck Pass Trailhead for this hike.

Gregg Boydston
172 Saves

Soak at Buckeye Hot Springs

Yosemite / Buckeye Hot Springs

From the parking lot, walk down the short but steep incline to the springs (200m). There is also a campsite within 0.25 miles.

Jake Young
170 Saves

Camp at Voyager Rock Campground

Yosemite / Voyager Rock Jeep Trail

The paved road ends at the Maxson Trailhead parking lot on the SE side of Courtright Reservoir.

Jennifer Franklin
170 Saves

Scramble Yosemite's Cathedral Peak

Yosemite / John Muir Trailhead

Start at Toulumne Meadows (8000 ft), and take the John Muir Trail, on the south side of Tioga Road.

Christopher Grant
165 Saves

Backpack Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center

Yosemite is an iconic park, and if you are looking for isolation with spectacular views of the backcountry this trip is for you.

Kevin Abernethy
157 Saves

Hiking the Merced Grove

Yosemite / Merced Grove Trailhead

Merced Grove is technically the smallest and most secluded of the three sequoia groves found in Yosemite National Park, which lends itself to be less crowded offering a peaceful solitude hike.

Rob Witt
157 Saves

Hike to the Summit of Big Baldy, Kings Canyon National Park

Yosemite / Big Baldy Trailhead

This short and easy trail to the summit of Big Baldy in Kings Canyon National Park is not to be missed if you are in the area.

Tobin Akehurst
154 Saves

Exploring Racetrack Valley

Yosemite / Racetrack Valley

Death Valley National Park is home to some remarkably surreal landscapes, none stranger than Racetrack Valley and its famous moving rocks.

Greg Owens
153 Saves

Hike to Arrowhead Lake

Yosemite / Duck Pass Trailhead

If you make your way to the Goldwater Campground there is plenty of parking. The trailhead you take leads to many lakes but the Duck Pass trailhead is the on you want to take.

Gregg Boydston
151 Saves

Hike to Illilouette Falls in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite / Panoramic Trail, Glacier Point

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).

Sarah Giek
151 Saves

Hike to Hidden Falls (aka Tenaya Creek Falls)

Yosemite / Mirror Lake Trailhead, Yosemite NP

Also known as Tenaya Creek Falls or Three Chutes Falls, this spot is loved by locals and is definitely worth the hidden trail and scramble over rocks.

Lisa Bao
148 Saves

Backpack to Buena Vista Lake, Yosemite

Yosemite / Chilnualna Falls Trailhead

Hiking and camping at Buena Vista Lake is a beautiful way to see the south side of Yosemite… the name says it all.

Austin Trigg
143 Saves

Hike to Heart Lake, Mammoth Lakes

Yosemite / Heart Lake Trailhead

Starting by parking at the Goldwater Creek Campground parking lot, you will see a couple trailheads. This one is specifically marked Heart Lake.

Gregg Boydston
143 Saves

Photography in the ButterMilks

Yosemite / The Buttermilks

The Eastern Sierras have some of the most spectacular views in the world. This area in particular is known for its rock climbing. It also has amazing opportunities for photographers.

Backpack Evolution Basin via South Lake

Yosemite / Bishop Pass Trail

It’s been called the crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada, the highlight of the entire 211-mile John Muir Trail.

Greg Owens
140 Saves

Hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls in Yosemite NP

Yosemite / Vernal Falls Trailhead

This is one of the most epic short hikes that you can do in Yosemite. Highly recommend it for anyone staying in the valley or visiting with enough time for a 2-3 hour hike.

Brynn Schmidt
137 Saves

Backpack Evolution Valley

Yosemite / Florence Lake Campground

You can get to the Evolution Basin a variety of ways, but the easiest is through the Florence Lake Trailhead.

Christopher Grant
135 Saves

Backpack to Long Lake

Yosemite / South Lake Wildflower Trail

Directions The trailhead for Long Lake starts by South Lake outside Bishop, CA. You'll want to take Line Street, which is the 168, West out of Bishop.

Evan Thomas
134 Saves

Hike to Barney Lake in Hoover Wilderness

Yosemite / Barney Lake Trailhead

Barney Lake makes for an incredible day hike or trail run, but is also very accessible for camping.

Jake Young
134 Saves

Ski and Snowboard Mammoth

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

At 11,053 feet, Mammoth boasts the highest summit of any California resort, making for deeper, higher quality snow, beautiful views and a season that can last until July.

Mammoth Mountain
133 Saves

Hike to Deadman Lake

Yosemite / Deadman Lake Trailhead

Start: 38º19'08.46"N 119º39'49.26"W Elev 8879ft Park along Hwy 108, head down the bank and across the stream at the bottom. There you will find the start of the trail.

Anna Cohen
131 Saves

Backpack to Blue Canyon Lake

Yosemite / Blue Canyon Lake

Trailhead Coordinates: 38º 19'08.46"N 119º39'49.26"W Elev 8897ft The trail is kind of tricky to find. It is West of the PCT trailhead at Sonora Pass and it is not marked.

Anna Cohen
130 Saves

Backpack Ansel Adams' Banner Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Banner Lake is one of the premier stops along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Addison Klinke
130 Saves

Hike Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley

Yosemite / Mosaic Canyon Trailhead

Mosaic Canyon is located a quarter mile west of Stovepipe Wells Village. From the 190 Highway, take the 2 mile gravel road to the canyon parking lot.

John Loyola
129 Saves

Explore the Mono Lake Tufas under the Milky Way

Yosemite / Mono Lake Tufa State Reserve

This past spring, I got the urge to photograph the Milky Way over the other-worldly landscape of Mono Lake, a large, desert saline lake at the edge of the eastern Sierras in California.

Beth Young
127 Saves

Hike Morgan Pass to 7 Scenic Lakes

Yosemite / Little Lakes Valley Trail

Take the 395 North for 20 miles past Bishop and make a left on Rock Creek Road. Follow this road for 10 miles until you reach the free parking area at the Mosquito Flats Trailhead.

Tiffany Nguyen
124 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Lower Cathedral Lake

Yosemite / Lower Cathedral Lake

Make the .75 miles detour off of the John Muir Trail to reach this spot and you won't regret it.

Kristen Bor
120 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Thousand Island Lake

Yosemite / Thousand Island Lake

This is one of the most recogizable lakes on the John Muir Trail and is known for being one of Ansel Adams' favorite places to photograph.

Kristen Bor
120 Saves

Hike through the Giant Forest in Sequoia NP

Yosemite / Sherman Tree Trail

Take a drive to Sequoia National Park and take in the beautiful views of the second oldest national park.

Randy Ignacio
119 Saves

Hike and Climb to Mt. Conness

Yosemite / Dog Lake Trailhead

This trip is best done as a 3 day, 2 night backpacking trip making camp at Young Lakes, however it is possible to do it in a single day long haul.

Alex Souza
119 Saves

Hike to Sherwin Lake

Yosemite / Sherwin Lake Trailhead

Just outside the town of Mammoth Lakes, CA is the Sherwin Lake Trailhead.

Gregg Boydston
117 Saves

Backpack Agnew Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite / Devil's Postpile Shuttle (Mammoth Mountain)

Unlike most through hikes that require two cars or hitchhiking, you can accomplish this with only one car by using a YART.

Jeff Driscoll
117 Saves

Backpack to Garnet Lake

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Although this trip specifically describes how to get to Garnet Lake, there are several other pristine alpine lakes (Shadow Lake and Thousand Islands Lake) along this looped trail, only a few short mi.

Scott Nichols
115 Saves

Backpack to Dewey Point, Yosemite

Yosemite / McGurk Meadow Trailhead

Before you start, be sure to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and grab an overnight permit. More info on this at nps.gov.

Miranda Leconte
112 Saves

Backpack Mount Langley

Yosemite / Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead

Mt. Langley sits four hours north of Los Angeles and is one of the easier 14ers to bag in California. Mt. Whitney absorbs most of the foot traffic, so enjoy the relative quiet and seclusion.

Alan Leung
112 Saves

Backpack to Ediza Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Start at the Agnew Meadows Trailhead. You will need to arrive before 7:30AM or take the Shuttle from Mammoth Mountain. Start out by heading north on the John Muir Trail.

Tobin Akehurst
112 Saves

Backpacking and Fishing the Meysan Lakes

Yosemite / Meysan Lake Trailhead

Trail is hiked from mid-June to end of September most seasons. Once the snow starts to fall, the road to the trailhead will be closed. Permit is require for overnight and day use.

Mike O'Hara
111 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping Above Guitar Lake

Yosemite / Guitar Lake Area

Plan your last night to be spent near Guitar Lake at one of the unnamed lakes just a half mile above it along the trail.

Kristen Bor
110 Saves

Backpack to Young Lakes

Yosemite / Glen Aulin Trailhead

The Young Lakes trail starts from the Lembert Dome parking area and then winds up around 6 miles into the high country past alpine meadows and stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Kyle Frost
109 Saves

Backpack to Clouds Rest from Glacier Point

Yosemite / Panoramic Trail, 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).

Austin Trigg
108 Saves

Nordic Ski and Snowshoe to Glacier Point

Yosemite / Badger Pass

Known for its breathtaking vistas, towering granite faces, and thundering waterfalls, Yosemite National Park truly is one of the world’s most astounding landscapes.

Greg Owens
108 Saves

Explore Bodie's Ghost Town

Yosemite / Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie exploded as a gold mining town in 1876, after the discovery of gold ore. It is estimated that Bodie produced over $34 million worth of gold over the years.

Pine Watt
106 Saves

Backpack to Lower Merced Pass Lake

Yosemite / Quartz Mountain Trailhead

LMPL (let's be honest, the full name is a mouthful) is situated just below the crest of Merced Pass, and can be accessed by hiking south from Yosemite Valley, or north from Chiquito Pass.

Melynda Bergen
105 Saves

Hike from Tunnel View to Glacier Point

Yosemite / Pohono Trailhead

Beginning at 4400 feet of elevation in the bottom of Yosemite Valley, this trail will take you up about 3000 feet over 13 miles.

Will Hughes
103 Saves

Sailor Lake Backpack & Climb of Mt. Haeckel

Yosemite / Lake Sabrina Parking

The basic part of this adventure is a backpack to Sailor Lake.

Evan Thomas
101 Saves

Backpack the Shadows of the Minarets Loop

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows

Ansel Adams Wilderness is located in Mammoth Lakes, California. The trail to Lake Ediza is frequently traveled and is usually completed as an out-and-back day hike.

Bernice Ngo
101 Saves

Camp in Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Yosemite / Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is located in Central California quite close to the Nevada Border in the White Mountains.

Erik Sanders
100 Saves

Drive into a Rainbow: Titus Canyon

Yosemite / Titus Canyon Rd. Parking Lot

Get ready to drive through the center of a rainbow. Titus canyon road winds 27 gorgeous miles through the Death Valley backcountry, twisting sharply around steep rock walls and over small passes.

IdleTheoryBus
99 Saves

Hike the Congress Trail

Yosemite / General Sherman Trailhead

While the General Sherman Tree is the main attraction in this area, the Congress Trail allows you to get away from the majority of the crowd and explore the giant sequoias at your leisure.

Will Cebron
98 Saves

Trout Fishing in the Owens River

Yosemite / Owens River

Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada, Inyo, and White Mountains, the Owens River Valley is picturesque and home to some quality trout fishing on the Owens River.

Blake DeBock
98 Saves

Hike to Lone Pine Lake via Mount Whitney Trail

Yosemite / Mt. Whitney Trail

From the parking lot at the end of Whitney Portal Road, look for the trailhead, which is marked with a wooden "gate" that shows the map and description of the trail.

Cuong Nguyen
98 Saves

Photograph Lake Mary, Mammoth Lakes

Yosemite / Lake Mary

Lake Mary is the largest of the 11 lakes in the Mammoth Mountain area. Explore the lake’s perimeter and find your own perfectly peaceful place to watch one of Mammoth’s signature stunning sunsets.

Tiffany Nguyen
96 Saves

Relax at the Saline Warm Springs

Yosemite / Saline Valley Hot Spring

Starting from Panamint Springs, you can top off your gas levels (Stovepipe Wells is cheaper), and continue west on the 190 until you hit the Saline Valley Alt Route.

Nathaniel Polta
94 Saves

Photograph Yosemite's Half Dome at Glacier Point

Yosemite / Glacier Point Parking Area

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.

Backpack Yosemite's Snow Creek Trail

Yosemite / Mirror Lake Trailhead, Yosemite

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.

R. Adam Prieto
91 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Bear Creek

Yosemite / Bear Creek

The trail follows the creek for a few miles as it cascades forming very tempting pools and places to lay out. Try to resist jumping in the first pool you see and setting up camp.

Kristen Bor
90 Saves

Backpack to Mount Silliman, Sequoia NP

Yosemite / Lodgepole Visitor Center

There is available parking at the campgrounds at the Lodgepole Visitor Center. Lodgepole's elevation starts at 6720 ft.

Debra Alison
89 Saves

Hike to Sentinel Dome

Yosemite / Sentinel Dome Trailhead

One of the most popular places in Yosemite for sunset is Glacier Point, but by walking one mile from the trailhead, the crowds quickly dissipate.

Emily Noyd
89 Saves

Fishing at Convict Lake

Yosemite / Convict Lake Trailhead

Many people come to Convict lake for the fishing. Convict is located only 2 miles off the main highway in the Eastern Sierras. The lake is clear and pristine with beautiful views.

Photograph Moonbows at Yosemite Falls

Yosemite / Lower Yosemite Falls

In spring at Yosemite National Park, a unique phenomenon occurs, called “moonbows.

Beth Young
88 Saves

Bouldering In The Buttermilks

Yosemite / The Buttermilks

The Buttermilks is a historical climbing area that is home to some of the worlds most famous rock climbs. It is located at the base of the Eastern Sierras near Bishop, CA.

Backpack to Cecile Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Located in the heart of the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Cecile Lake can be reached from a variety of trailheads. I chose to start out in Agnew Meadows.

Addison Klinke
86 Saves

Photographing The Sky Stone

Yosemite / Petroglyph Parking Area

The Sky Stone Petroglyph is one of the coolest paces to discover and see. I have a small obsession with petroglyphs and prior to visiting, had heard rumors about the petroglyphs in this region.

Explore the Black Point Fissures

Yosemite / Black Point Fissures Trailhead

This area is such a great way to spend time exploring. It's a lot different than what it's surrounded by, making it a great change of pace in the Eastern Sierra.

Gregg Boydston
85 Saves

Climb the Third Pillar of Dana

Yosemite / Tioga Lake

From Highway 120 (Tioga Road) you can park at the lot just above Tioga Lake. Another mile up the road is the Yosemite entrance, so if you hit that, you've gone too far.

Nathaniel Polta
84 Saves

Get Epic Yosemite Views from Basket Dome

Yosemite / Snow Creek Trailhead

Getting There Starting in Yosemite Valley, head to the Snow Creek trailhead just past Muir Meadows.

Bryan McClain
83 Saves

Hike to Lower Monarch Lake

Yosemite / Sawtooth Trailhead

The drive takes about 90 minutes to get to the trailhead from Three Rivers, CA so plan accordingly and make sure you get there early.

Backpack atop Donohue Pass

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Visitor's Center

Donohue Pass lies on the border of Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Both the John Muir Trail (JMT) and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) route through this pass at 11,056 ft.

Alex Souza
81 Saves

Fish for a Sierra Grand Slam in Little Lakes

Yosemite / Little Lakes Valley Trail

Access to this relatively mellow (for the Sierras) trail can be reached via Rock Creek Road off of Highway 395, north of the town of Bishop, California.

Jason Fitzgibbon
78 Saves

Sandboarding the Mesquite Sand Dunes

Yosemite / Mesquite Sand Dunes

Snow level is a little lacking this year? No time or money to fly out to Park City or Whistler? Head over to Death Valley, America's second largest National Park and give sand boarding a try while ex.

Mark Nguon
77 Saves

Camp at Princess Campground

Yosemite / Princess Campground

Situated just off the stretch of road that connects the two sections of Kings Canyon, Princess Campground is the perfect home base for exploring both Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

Explore Eureka Dunes and Hidden Dunes

Yosemite / Eureka Dunes

THE HIDDEN DUNES HIKE From the well, you will want to hike towards a gap in the mountains off to the West.

Evan Thomas
76 Saves

Summit Mount Baldwin (12,614')

Yosemite / Convict Lake Trailhead

Directions The hike for Mount Baldwin starts at the Convict Lake trailhead. The turn off for Convict lake is about 4.

Evan Thomas
76 Saves

Backpack from Onion Valley to Mt. Whitney

Yosemite / Onion Valley Trailhead

Trip Guide ***Please note, all images after the first one are arranged in chronological order of the trip so you can easily follow along Day 1 Depending on where you are coming from your .

Jeff Driscoll
76 Saves

John Muir Trail: Middle Rae Lake

Yosemite / Middle Rae Lake

You'll have to deal with some crowds at Rae Lakes but that is because this is an amazing setting to spend the night.

Kristen Bor
73 Saves

Hike to Meysan Lake

Yosemite / Meysan Lake Trailhead

Meysan Lakes Trail is located on the ever popular Whitney Portal Road. Park on the side of the road next to the Whitney Portal Campground.

Kevin Kaminski
71 Saves

Backpack Across Mt. Humphreys Basin

Yosemite / North Lake Campground

Before heading out, you will need to get a backpacking permit to stay overnight in this area. You can buy one here to pick up in town at the Bishop, CA Ranger Station, in the morning.

Cameron Gardner
70 Saves

Hike to Tamarack Lake, Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Yosemite / Tamarack Lake Trail

The trailhead begins at the end of Golden Gate Rd in Coleville, Ca on highway 396.

Josh Currie
70 Saves

Hike to Pear Lake via the Lakes Trail

Yosemite / Alta Peak Trailhead

The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike.

Will Cebron
70 Saves

Backpack Rae Lakes via Glen and Kearsarge Passes

Yosemite / Onion Valley Campground

The hike starts at Onion Valley campground and includes a good deal of elevation (two passes around 12,000 feet).

Joe Law
69 Saves

Backpack to Fletcher Lake and Summit Vogelsang Peak

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Campground

Before you head out for the trip, you’ll need to get a wilderness permit.

Todd Gordon
67 Saves

Hike to Lembert Dome

Yosemite / Lembert Dome Trailhead

Lembert Dome may seem impossible to scale when observing it from the trailhead, but it is actually a relatively easy hike up to the summit.

Ezekiel Gonzalez
66 Saves

Ride Mammoth's Bike Park

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park offers terrain for every ability level, boasting 3,500 acres and over 80 miles of single track.

Mammoth Mountain
65 Saves

Backpack Over Kearsarge Pass to Charlotte Lake

Yosemite / Onion Valley Campground

This adventure begins at Onion Valley Campground outside of Independence, CA. The parking is abundant and the road is snow dependent.

Carissa Trapp
65 Saves

Hike Little Baldy

Yosemite / Little Baldy Trail

A short hike with impressive views of Sequoia National Park, the Little Baldy trail is the less touristy version of Moro Rock.

Will Cebron
64 Saves

Hike to Lookout Peak

Yosemite / Cedar Grove Visitor Center, Kings Canyon

You'll want an early start to this hike so consider camping in the park the night before.

Ali Kim
64 Saves

Bike Yosemite Valley

Yosemite / Yosemite Lodge Parking Area

Bringing my bike to the Valley was one of the best decisions I have made on my many trips there.

Torrey Schaefer
63 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Bighorn Plateau

Yosemite / Bighorn Plateau

Another rare but welcomed flat open space along the JMT. The night sky here will blow you away so if you're a photographer this is a great opportunity to capture the incredibel Sierra night sky.

Kristen Bor
61 Saves

Backpack Lower & Upper Relief Valleys and the East Flange Rock

Yosemite / Huckleberry Trailhead - Kennedy Meadows

The Lower and Upper Relief Valleys are beautiful alpine valleys cut by Relief Creek in the heart of the Emigrant Wilderness and are an excellent alternative to Yosemite National Park if you're lookin.

Josiah Roe
61 Saves

Camp at Wawona in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite / Wawona Campgrounds

Wawona offers over 90 campsites in 3 loops, including 1 group site, 2 horse sites, and RV/ camper access.

Emily Schrick
60 Saves

Summit Mount Whitney via the Mountaineers Route

Yosemite / Mt. Whitney Trail

With over 6,600 feet of elevation gain and class 4 climbing, this is not for the casual hiker, but can provide an excellent challenge to a budding mountaineer.

Dylan Catherina
59 Saves

Hike to Upper Sardine Lake

Yosemite / Upper Sardine Lake Trail

Directions (from south of June Lake): 395 north Turn right onto the 158 Keep right at fork onto Parker Lake Rd and go about 0.

Connor Van Orden
58 Saves

Backpack to Crystal Lakes

Yosemite / Sawtooth Trailhead

The trail to Crystal Lakes begins at the Timber Gap/Sawtooth Trailhead (7,800 feet elevation), which is located at the end of Mineral King Valley Rd.

Hike to Valentine Lake

Yosemite / Valentine Lake Trailhead

Park in the Sherwin Creek Camping area. The trailhead is just east of the campground. Begin your ascent through scrubby foliage and old pines. Once you arrive at a junction with a bench, turn around.

Tyler Drake
57 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Lake Virginia

Yosemite / Lake Virginia

You'll find an ample supply of warm, sunny campsites here.

Kristen Bor
56 Saves

Hike Schwaub Peak and Visit Dante's View

Yosemite / Schwaub Peak Trailhead

Getting There From the Furnace Creek Inn in Death Valley, drive two miles east on the 190 to the Echo Canyon dirt road. This can be easy to miss, so use your odometer and keep your eyes peeled.

Evan Thomas
56 Saves

Backpack to Ruby Lake

Yosemite / Little Lakes Valley Trail

At 10,200 feet, the trailhead (Little Lakes Valley) for Ruby Lake is one of the highest (if not the highest) in the Sierra. Meaning you get right to the heart of the mountains quickly.

Sarah Horn
56 Saves

Scramble up Mt. Muir

Yosemite / Mt. Whitney Trail

From the Whitney Trail - beyond trail crest - you will see a big cairn (right side). If you make it to the first "window of Mt. Whitney" you have gone too far.

Jack Brumbaugh
55 Saves

Climb Mount Ritter

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

Mt Ritter is a long climb, but it is worth the effort. Start out by establishing camp at Ediza Lake prior to your ascent.

Tobin Akehurst
54 Saves

Take the Panorama Gondola to the Summit of Mammoth Mountain

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

The summit of Mammoth at 11,053 feet provides one of the most stunning views you'll find in California.

Mammoth Mountain
53 Saves

Hike to Agnew Lake from Silver Lake

Yosemite / Rush Creek Trailhead

June Lake never ceases to amaze. In just about any weather, this particular portion of the 395 is something to be experienced in its entirety.

Torrey Schaefer
51 Saves

Hike to May Lake

Yosemite / May Lake Trailhead

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.

Basak Prince
51 Saves

Backpack the Piute Pass Trail in the John Muir Wilderness

Yosemite / Lake Sabrina Parking

With so many famous hiking trails in the Sierras, its hard to find a trail as isolated as the Piute Pass Trail.

Alex Anderson
50 Saves

Hike to Mt. Watkins from Tioga Road

Yosemite / Mt. Watkins Trailhead, Yosemite NP

Starting at about 8,000 feet on Tioga Road just before you reach Olmstead Point you will see a pullout on the side of the road. This is where you can park for this hike.

Shane Wolf
49 Saves

Hike to Alder Creek Falls

Yosemite / Mosquito Creek

The trail leads from the parking area across the Mosquito Creek road and heads uphill north through an open pine forest with manzanita growing on dry slopes.

Zack Valle
49 Saves

Backpack the Lyell Loop

Yosemite / Mono/Parker Pass Trailhead

Start the hike at the Mono pass trail. You'll eventually take the fork towards Parker Pass a couple miles in.

Kyle Frost
49 Saves

Hike to Mist Falls

Yosemite / Roads End Permit Station

The trailhead starts at Roads' End (the end of Hwy 180). Take the Bubbs Creek/Kanawyer Loop Trail and hike east. For the first three miles the trail is relatively flat through an open pine forest.

Matt Purciel
48 Saves

Climb Matterhorn Peak via the East Couloir

Yosemite / Matterhorn Trailhead

Matterhorn Peak in the northeastern Yosemite Wilderness is an SPS Emblem Peak and many regard it as the beginning of the High Sierra, as there are no peaks higher to the north in the Sierra Nevada.

Josiah Roe
48 Saves

Backpack to Upper Lamarck Lake

Yosemite / North Lake Campground

Starting out at North Lake Campground, the trail to Lamarck Lakes is a fairly gradual ascent.

Addison Klinke
48 Saves

Hike to Eagle Peak via Rockslides Trail

Yosemite / V7 Yosemite Valley

A Yosemite Valley trip in May has tourist filled buses, noisy car alarms, and crowded trails written all over it. Thus, I wanted to avoid the beaten path.

Clayton Herrmann
47 Saves

Backpack to Graveyard Lakes

Yosemite / Lake Edison Trailhead

Graveyard Lakes is the perfect length for an overnight in the Sierras, although there are great trail networks all around to expand your trip.

Hike to Peeler Lake

Yosemite / Twin Lakes Campground

This trip can be done as a day trip or backpacking trip. It is around an 11 mile out-and-back trip. Park at Twin Lakes in Bridgeport, CA. There is a $10 fee and it can take a while on busy weekends.

Tanner Landon
46 Saves

Hike up Mount Dana

Yosemite / Mount Dana Trailhead

There's something special about the landscape that Yosemite National Park offers, and the scenery around Mount Dana is no different.

James Hueser
45 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Shadow Creek

Yosemite / Ediza Lake

The Lake Ediza Junction has several great spots to camp and Shadow Lake is definitely one of the best.

Kristen Bor
44 Saves

Backpack to Panamint Dunes

Yosemite / Panamint Dunes Trailhead

You can do this as a day trip and just wander the dunes, but I really enjoyed the overnight with great evening views, amazing stargazing, and a sunrise exploration of the sand dunes.

Sarah Eichstedt
44 Saves

Backpack into the Palisades from Bishop Pass

Yosemite / South Lake Trailhead

Drive up to the trailhead near South Lake from the town of Bishop (you can get directions at the Ranger Station when you get a permit). The hike goes from approximately 9,000 ft. to 13,000 ft.

Court Findeisen
44 Saves

Hike North Glacier Pass to Lake Catherine

Yosemite / North Glacier Pass

On the second day our trip to Thousand Island Lake, we hiked up North Glacier Pass to see Lake Catherine.

Aaron Bird
44 Saves

Soak in Shepherd Hot Springs

Yosemite / Shepherd Hot Springs

Located a short distance from US 395 near Mammoth/Yosemite Airport, Shepherd Hot Spring provides a great opportunity to relax while taking in spectacular views of the Eastern Sierras and surrounding .

John Sunich
44 Saves

Backpack to Boothe Lake

Yosemite / Vogelsang High Sierra Trail

Starting at the Tuolomne Meadows Visitor Center you will head south to jump on the John Muir Trail, move east for 2.

Kevin Abernethy
43 Saves

Backpack to Leavitt Lake in Stanislaus National Forest

Yosemite / Leavitt Lake Trailhead

Situated on the eastern edge of Emigrant Wilderness, Leavitt Lake is a great introduction to backpacking in the Sierra Nevada.

Jake Young
43 Saves

Relax at Laurel Lakes

Yosemite / Laurel Lake

The Laurel Lakes trip, just south of Mammoth Lakes, is a worthwhile day trip that can easily be made into a hiking/camping trip.

Adam Franklin
42 Saves

Summit Parsons, Vogelsang, and Rafferty Peaks

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Campground

Starting in Tuolumne Meadows off of Highway 120 at the Lyell Canyon Trailhead at roughly 8,500 feet, you traverse through Lyell Canyon for about 5.5 miles.

Hike to Emerald Lakes

Yosemite / Lake Sabrina

If you are considering this hike, then I am sure you are already familiar with the undeniable beauty that the Eastern Sierra radiates. Any season, any time- it is there.

Torrey Schaefer
38 Saves

John Muir Trail: McClure Meadows

Yosemite / McClure Meadow

The transition from mostly sheer granite slopes to open grassy space is a welcomed one. Set up along the creek meandering through Evolution Basin and explore the area.

Kristen Bor
38 Saves

Cross-Country Ski to the Ostrander Ski Hut

Yosemite / Badger Pass

Start your trip from the Badger Pass ski area. The Glacier point road is closed past here, and you'll spend your first couple of miles skiing mostly downhill to the Bridalveil Falls trailhead.

Kyle Frost
37 Saves

John Muir Trail: Camping at Pinchot Pass

Yosemite / Pinchot Pass

After the mild, but not negligible, 1000 ft ascent into Pinchot Pass, you'll be ready to rinse off the grime and take a rest.

Kristen Bor
37 Saves

Backpack to Flower Lake from Onion Valley

Yosemite / Onion Valley Trailhead

Make sure to obtain an overnight permit up to 6 months in advance. You will have to pick up your permit at one of the Inyo National Forest Visitor Centers (here) before you begin.

Sarah Eichstedt
37 Saves

Backpack to Crescent Lake

Yosemite / Crescent Lake

Crescent Lake is another beautiful spot a long the Beuna Vista loop. Starting at the Chilnualna Trailhead in Wawona, you start your journey climbing about 4.

Josh Currie
35 Saves

Enjoy a Sunset at Tuolumne Meadows

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Campground

Tuolumne Meadows at an elevation of 8,619 feet exemplifies the high country of the Sierra Nevada, with its sweeping sub-alpine meadows, granite domes, summer wildflowers and meandering rivers.

Matt Purciel
35 Saves

Walk the General Grant Tree Trail

Yosemite / General Grant Tree Trail Parking

The trailhead starts at the back of the parking area, a sign will direct you. This short yet beautiful walk will lead you past amazing sights.

Rebecca Nichols
35 Saves

Hike up to Bishop's Pass

Yosemite / Bishop Pass Trail

To get to the hike drive twenty miles west from the town of Bishop, California up Hwy 168 to South Lake.

Matt Purciel
35 Saves

Hike the North Grove Trail in Calaveras Big Trees SP

Yosemite / Calaveras Big Trees SP Visitor Center

When thinking of the iconic Sequoias of the Sierra Nevada, one usually thinks of Yosemite and Sequoia National Park.

Jake Young
34 Saves

Hike the Giant Staircase Loop

Yosemite / Happy Isles Trail Head

The Giant Staircase loop begins at Happy Isles Trailhead and begins with the Vernal Falls hike. At the top of Vernal Falls, continue on the Mist Trail and enjoy switchbacks up to Nevada Falls.

Climb Granite Dome via Lower & Upper Lewis Lakes

Yosemite / Huckleberry Trailhead - Kennedy Meadows

Granite Dome is the signature peak in the Emigrant Wilderness, with fantastic views north to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, east to the Hoover Wilderness (Sawtooth Ridge), and south to Yosemite inclu.

Josiah Roe
34 Saves

Hiking Disaster Creek

Yosemite / Disaster Creek Trailhead

While this is not a terribly scenic hike, the trees, creek, and terrain are very beautiful, and the entire area is quiet and peaceful.

Anna Cohen
33 Saves

Winter Summit Mt. Whitney

Yosemite / Mt. Whitney Trail

Day 1: We arrived at the Lone Pine Visitors Center at the intersection of HWY 395 and HWY 136 just south of Lone Pine, CA. We issued ourselves our overnight permits to climb Mt.

Alex Anderson
32 Saves

Hike to the Top of Chilnualna Falls

Yosemite / Chilnualna Falls Trailhead

Many visitors to Yosemite head straight to the valley and don't often explore the other areas of the park.

Josh Currie
32 Saves

Camp at Hetch Hetchy Backpacker's Campground

Yosemite / Hetch Hetchy Backpackers Campground

This campsite is a gateway into the Yosmite wilderness. Great starting/ending point for backpacking trips or simply for camping. Self-register and pay when you arrive at the site.

Backpack Virginia Lakes to Green Creek

Yosemite / Virginia Lakes Resort

Keep in mind that this is a point to point hike, so you will need to park a vehicle at Green Creek trailhead in Bridgeport as well as your start point at Virginia Lakes Resort.

Jess Harmon
32 Saves

Hike the Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Yosemite / Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center

The Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, located in the White Mountains, is where the 4,847-year-old Methuselah tree grows, the oldest living non-clonal organism in the world.

Sarah Horn
31 Saves

Hike to Middle Gaylor Lake, Yosemite NP

Yosemite / Gaylor Lake Trailhead

The main trail to the Middle Gaylor Lake is 2 miles round-trip, but if you’re looking for more adventure, you can hike a little further to Upper Gaylor Lake (which will add a mile to your trip) or co.

Sarah Giek
30 Saves

Climb White Mountain Peak

Yosemite / White Mountain Trailhead

Not surprisingly, White Mountain Peak is the apex of the White Mountains, which rise out of the desert floor just north of Death Valley.

Pine Watt
30 Saves

Backpack to Grant Lake

Yosemite / Ten Lakes Trailhead

The trail begins at the Ten Lakes trailhead (7600 ft) right beside Yosemite Creek.

Zack Valle
29 Saves

Hike to George Lake

Yosemite / Badger Flat Parking Lot

The hike to George Lake starts out about 4 miles after you turn off 168 onto Kaiser Pass Rd. You'll want to park at the parking lot right before Badger Flat Campground.

Mick O'Hare
29 Saves

Summit Mt. Gould

Yosemite / Onion Valley Campground

Starting at 9,200 feet at Onion Valley Campground, take Kearsarge Pass Trail. The hike begins immediately with a substantial increase in elevation, switchbacking up the mountain.

Ian Buchanan
28 Saves

Rock Climb in Camp 4

Yosemite / Camp 4

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.

Lauren Foltz
28 Saves

Camp at Texas Spring Campground, Death Valley NP

Yosemite / Texas Spring Campground

This is one of the best campgrounds in Death Valley that gives you the true experience of camping in the middle of a desert.

Basak Prince
27 Saves

Backpack Fall Canyon

Yosemite / Titus/Fall Canyon Parking Lot

The trail head is north of Furnace Creek at the Titus Canyon parking lot which is clearly marked on any park map.

Andrew Conway
27 Saves

Camp at Camp 4, Yosemite NP

Yosemite / Camp 4 Campground

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.

Backpack to Johnson Lake

Yosemite / Chilnualna Falls Trailhead

Your trek begins at the Chilnualna Falls trailhead in Wawona near the South Gate in Yosemite.

Josh Currie
25 Saves

Camp at Yosemite Creek Campground

Yosemite / 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.

Backpack to Mount Cotter

Yosemite / Onion Valley Campground

This trip is roughly a 32-35 miles out and back trek with extreme drops and gains in elevation. The trek starts at Onion Valley on the Kearsarge trailhead. The trail immediately starts climbing.

Photograph Yosemite Falls at Swinging Bridge in Winter

Yosemite / Swinging Bridge Parking Area

This is a drive up and shoot adventure in winter. The spot is at Swinging Bridge area.

Backpack the Little Five & Big Five Lakes Loop

Yosemite / Sawtooth Trailhead

Day 1: A long, rewarding day. Over the course of 11.5 miles you will complete around 10,000ft of elevation change.

Breanne McNitt
23 Saves

Hike into Titus Canyon

Yosemite / Titus Canyon Rd. Parking Lot

In total its about 22 miles from Stovepipe Wells. From Stovepipe, head east on the 190 and make the left for Scotty's Castle Rd.

Nathaniel Polta
23 Saves

Hike to Parker Lake

Yosemite / Parker Lake Trailhead

Parker Lake is tucked beneath the giant mountains of Mount Wood, Mount Lewis, and Parker Peak. I hiked the Parker Lake trail during peak foliage season and I was blown away by the amazing fall colors.

Basak Prince
22 Saves

Hike the Shadow of the Giants Trail

Yosemite / Shadow of the Giants Trail

The Shadow of the Giants National Recreation trail is an amazing 1.1 mile self-guided hike through the heart of Nelder Grove.

Dan Deublein
22 Saves

Rock Climbing at Clark Canyon

Yosemite / Clark Canyon

Good quality volcanic tuff? That may somewhat of a contradiction, but nevertheless, Clark Canyon is indeed one of the best pocketed playgrounds in the Mammoth area.

Steven Herbert
21 Saves

Backpack to Crater Lake, Sierra National Forest

Yosemite / Florence Lake Campground

Starting at Lake Florence, this hike starts out with a climb up and keeps this up over the next 3 miles.

Emily Rudger
21 Saves

Backpack to Red Slate Mountain

Yosemite / McGee Creek Trailhead

I would recommend you spend the night in the area to acclimatize, since the trailhead does start at ~8,000ft and you will be hiking up to ~10,500ft at the end of the first day and climbing up to 13,1.

James Jiang
21 Saves

Bouldering at Columbia College

Yosemite / Carkeet Community Park

Get your hands on some limestone bouldering at this spot. There's actually two locations for bouldering in this area, Columbia College and Columbia State Park (about less than a 10 min.

Lauren Foltz
21 Saves

Hike to Wapama Falls

Yosemite / O'Shaughnessy Dam - Wapama Falls Trailhead

Hetch Hetchy has a completely different character than other areas of Yosemite National Park, and the hike to Wapama Falls is an excellent way to explore this relatively remote section of the park.

Matt Purciel
20 Saves

Backpack to Weaver Lake, CA

Yosemite / Big Meadow Trailhead

The hike to Weaver Lake begins at the Big Meadows trailhead in Sequoia National Forest (elevation: 7,633 ft.).

Audrey Abeyta
20 Saves

Photograph Wild Mustangs in Mono County

Yosemite / Dobie Meadows Road

Since these are wild horses, tracking them can be difficult.

Tori Marsh
20 Saves

Hike to Buena Vista Peak

Yosemite / Buena Vista Trailhead

The trailhead starts off at the scenic Generals Highway in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.  There is a vehicle fee to enter the park.

Rebecca Nichols
20 Saves

Climb and Camp at Shuteye Ridge

Yosemite / Shuteye Ridge

The Journey to your final destination can get a little tricky once you get on the dirt roads.

Josh Currie
20 Saves

Hike to Ostrander Lake

Yosemite / Ostrander Lake Parking

Park in the dirt lot of of Glacier Pt. Road and hike a short distance to the trailhead (see map). Follow signage for the 12 mile out-and back filled with scenic views and the beautiful Lake Ostrander.

Climb North Peak via the NW Ridge

Yosemite / Saddlebag Lake

Directions Although North Peak lies right on the border of Yosemite, the hike starts just outside the park at the Saddle Bag Lake trail-head.

Evan Thomas
19 Saves

Backpack to Waugh Lake

Yosemite / Agnew Meadows Trailhead

There are several trailheads you can start at to get to the lake, but we chose the River Trail in Agnew Meadows because it was the only trailhead that hadn't met the quota yet.

Kevin Abernethy
19 Saves

Hike to Little Lakes Valley in the John Muir Wilderness

Yosemite / Little Lakes Valley Trail Parking

The Little Lakes Valley located in the John Muir Wilderness provides easy access to spectacular views of High Sierra peaks as well as a long list of beautiful alpine lakes.

John Sunich
18 Saves

Hike to Fern Lake

Yosemite / Fern Lake Trailhead (June Lake)

Less than 30 minutes north of Mammoth Lakes, the beauty of the region is captured even on the drive to get to the trailhead.

Jon Adler
18 Saves

Hike to Crystal Lake, Mammoth Lakes

Yosemite / Crystal Lake Trailhead, Mammoth Lakes

In Lake George, park along Lake George Road and walk towards Crystal Crag Trailhead sign to begin the hike.

Aaron Jaro
18 Saves

Hike the South Grove Trail in Big Trees SP

Yosemite / South Grove Trailhead

The South Grove Trail of Calaveras Big Trees State Park sees far less traffic than the North Grove due to its increased mileage and distance from the park entrance.

Jake Young
17 Saves

Hike to the Waterfalls of Lundy Canyon

Yosemite / Lundy Canyon Trail

In order to get to the trail you first have to drive past the beautiful Lundy Lake nestled in deep canyon.

Matt Purciel
17 Saves

Photograph the Bristlecone Pine Forest

Yosemite / Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center

To get to the goods head east out of Big Pine, CA  on Hwy 168 into the mountains for 13 miles. Turn left (north) on White Mountain Road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest.

Matt Purciel
17 Saves

Hike to Tuolumne Peak Plateau

Yosemite / Murphy Creek Trailhead

The most direct route begins at Murphy Creek trailhead, on the north side of Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. Walk north on Murphy Creek trail for 2.5 miles with minimal elevation gain.

Emily Noyd
17 Saves

Photograph the Fall Colors of McGee Creek

Yosemite / McGee Creek Canyon

McGee Creek is one of my favorite spots in the Eastern Sierra to photography the fall color.

Matt Purciel
17 Saves

Camp at Nelder Grove Campground in Sierra National Forest

Yosemite / Nelder Grove Campground

Sites are located along Willow Creek with plenty of shape. Right out of the campground you can hike nearby Bull Buck Trail and discover the giant sequoia trees.

Matt Purciel
16 Saves

Hike to Mt. Hoffman

Yosemite / May Lake Trailhead

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.

Emily Noyd
16 Saves

Hike the Sentinel Meadow Cook's Meadow Loop Trail

Yosemite / Cook's Meadow Loop

This hike begins just off of Sentinel Drive and takes you through Yosemite Valley's meadows. Incomparable scenery surrounds you throughout the hike.

Tubing at Woolly's Tube Park

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

There probably isn't a more fun way to goof around and play in the snow.

Mammoth Mountain
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Climb Columbine Peak's NE Ridge

Yosemite / South Lake Wildflower Trail

Directions This Bishop Pass Trail starts by South Lake outside Bishop, CA. You'll want to take Line Street, which is the 168, West out of Bishop.

Evan Thomas
16 Saves

Camp at Upper Pines Campground

Yosemite / Upper Pines Campground

The Upper Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village. The sites are available year-round. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26 for a site. More info at https://www.nps.

Stargaze and Photograph the Night Sky at Glacier Point

Yosemite / Glacier Point Parking Area

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.

Kenton Steryous
15 Saves

Reverse Summit of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite / Glacier Point Parking Area

Yosemite's Panorama Trail is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and worthwhile trails in the entire national park.

Rachel Davidson
15 Saves

Backpack to Lower Ottoway Lake

Yosemite / Mono Meadow Trailhead

The hike begins at Mono Meadows trailhead along Glacier Point Road, first descending 2.8 steep miles to Illilouette Creek.

Emily Noyd
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Camp at Tuolumne Meadows Campground

Yosemite / Tuolumne Meadows Campground Area

Tuolumne Meadows is on Tioga road northeast of Yosemite Valley, at elevation 8,600 feet. Sites are available July-September at $26.

Hike to Steelhead Lake through McGee Creek Canyon

Yosemite / McGee Creek Trailhead

Whether you’re looking for a dayhike near Mammoth Lakes, planning a backpacking trip along the JMT, or have a few extra hours to spare on a cross-California road trip, this is an easy and popular tra.

Rachel Davidson
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Romantic Sunset Snowcat Tour

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Take a ride in a snowcat for one of the most unique excursions in the Eastern Sierra. Experience the sights and sounds of the backcountry in the heated comfort of a luxury snowcat.

Mammoth Mountain
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Hike Clouds Rest to Half Dome

Yosemite / Tenaya Lake Trailhead

Because this is not a loop, you will need to figure out a shuttle situation.  There are two options for this: 1. Drive your car to the Tenaya Lake Trail Head, and leave it parked there.

Breanne McNitt
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Cross Country Skiing at Mammoth Mountain

Yosemite / Mammoth Mountain Ski Area

Slip away to a scenic winter wonderland. Leave it all behind and explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin on Nordic skis or snowshoes.

Mammoth Mountain
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Camp at North Pines Campground

Yosemite / 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.

Hike the McGurk Meadow Trail

Yosemite / McGurk Meadow Parking

Park in the dirt lot off Glacier Pt. Road, where you can access the trailhead to McGurk Meadow Trail. The 3.5 mile-out and back is doable for all skill levels, and offers gorgeous scenery.

Hike the North Dome Loop via Yosemite Falls Trail

Yosemite / Yosemite Falls/Columbia Rock Trailhead

One of the most challenging and rewarding hikes on the northern rim of Yosemite Valley. This is an alternative to the often crowded Mist, Panorama or 4-Mile Trails.

Matt Purciel
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Backpack to Nelson Lake

Yosemite / Elizabeth Lake Trailhead

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.

Emily Noyd
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Hike the Columbia Rock Trail

Yosemite / Yosemite Falls/Columbia Rock Trailhead

 The Columbia Rock Trail can be accessed from Camp 4--it is the same as the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail.

Snowshoe to Snow Creek

Yosemite / Mirror Lake Trailhead, Yosemite

Take the Valley shuttle to Mirror Lake Trailhead where you will begin your hike.

Breanne McNitt
9 Saves

Snowshoe to Dewey Point, Yosemite NP

Yosemite / Dewey Point

Take the one-hour shuttle ride from the Yosemite Lodge to the Yosemite Ski Area, so that you don't have to worry about driving in the snowy conditions, or finding parking.

Julie & Brian
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Camp at Lower Pines Campground

Yosemite / 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.

Backpack to Dewey Point from Tunnel View

Yosemite / Yosemite Valley Tunnel View

Dewey Point lies on the western side of the Pohono Trail, across the valley from El Capitan and above Cathedral Rocks.

Jonathon Reed
8 Saves

Hike Boundary Peak

Yosemite / Queen Mine

Boundary Peak received its name because it straddles the border of California and Nevada.

Rachel Davidson
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Hike to Soda Springs and Parsons Memorial Lodge

Yosemite / Soda Springs Trailhead

Soda Springs is a very short walk from the 120 near Tuolumne Meadows. Right past the spring is Parson's Lodge--if you want to stay the night visit https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...

Backpack over Koip Peak Pass

Yosemite / Mono/Parker Pass Trailhead

This trip begins in Yosemite National Park and can be completed as an out-and-back or by hiking one-way to the Ansel Adams Wilderness and exiting at Silver Lake on the east side of the mountains.

Emily Noyd
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Camp at Crane Flat Campground

Yosemite / Crane Flat Campground

Crane Flat Campground is located on the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120) just west of Crane Flat, about 30 minutes northwest of Yosemite Valley. Sites are open July-October at $26/night.

Camp at Pleasant Valley Pit

Yosemite / Pleasant Valley Pit Campground

Pleasant Valley Pit offers 75 sites, fires outside camping area need a permit, a dumpster is in the campground, 4 vault toilets, no water, some tables, fire rings. To get here, head 0.

Bouldering Happy Boulders

Yosemite / Happy Boulders, Bishop, CA

Nestled in the Volcanic Tablelands near the Eastern Sierras, this geological gem of a bouldering spot might be easily bypassed by someone who isn't looking for it.

Cambrey Knapp
6 Saves

Hike to White Bark VIsta

Yosemite / Kaiser Pass

A short 1 mile hike in from Kaiser Pass will lead you to the top of a ridge line with incredible views toward the east. There are two pit toilets located at the top of Kaiser Pass.

Mick O'Hare
6 Saves

Rock Climb Lembert Dome, Yosemite NP

Yosemite / Lembert Dome, Tuolumne

Lembert Dome stands out clearly as it is right along the road with a fairly large parking lot, about 1/4 mile past the Toulumne Store.

Brynn Schmidt
5 Saves

Hike to Dog Lake in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite / Dog Lake Trailhead

This 2.8 mile roundtrip hike begins at the center of Tuolumne Meadows (shuttle stop #2) at the Lembert Dome/Glen Aulin trailhead parking lot.

Kim Baker
5 Saves

Hike Mt. Hoffmann via the East Chute

Yosemite / May Lake Trailhead

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.

Backpack Gem Lake Loop in Emigrant Wilderness

Yosemite / Crabtree Trailhead

The Gem Lake Loop is located in Emigrant Wilderness, which borders Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, and offers incredible views, smaller crowds, and diverse terrain.

Nancy Lappetito
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Camp at Hodgdon Meadow Campground

Yosemite / Hodgdon Meadow Campground

Hodgdon Campground is located off of the Big Oak Flat Road (Highway 120), about 45 minutes northwest of Yosemite Valley. Open all year for single sites and Spring-Fall for groups.

Explore Aguereberry Camp

Yosemite / Aguereberry Camp, Death Valley

Pete Agueberry came Death Valley in 1905. After a legal battle, Pete gained control of the Eureka Mine in 1909. He worked the mine alone for nearly 40 years before his death.

John Maurizi
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Climb Cracks at the Gianelli Edges

Yosemite / Gianelli Cabin Trailhead, Emigrant Wilderness

We first found the Gianelli Edges mentioned in the Climbers Guide to the Sonora Pass Highway. A short 2.

Samantha Weald
2 Saves