Yosemite Valley Walking Tour

Shuttle • 7 mi • 0 ft

Because private cars are restricted from the eastern margin of Yosemite Valley, this nearly level, point-to-point route offers serenity, along with sublime vistas of Half Dome and other great walls. Picnic spots abound. Hikers can take time out to explore Indian Caves, Mirror Meadow, Happy Isles, and some Yosemite history.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite Village
Length: 7 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate because of the distance, though the gradient is gentle.
Duration: 5 hours, with stops to explore.
Season: March through November. April through June are best for water displays, October for fall colors.
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,150 feet
Other Uses: You will meet lots of people on some sections, few on others. Although bicyclists have their own paths, watch out for them. Dogs are not allowed. Equestrians are common, especially on the loop around Mirror Lake.
Local Contacts: Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, Yosemite Village
Local Maps: USGSUSGS 7.5- minute quads: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls.
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