Best Trails Near Yosemite CA

Yosemite has 103 trails in the vicinity, including 98 hiking trails and 30 for backpacking. These trails range from 0.5 to 79.4 miles in length. The longest trail in Yosemite is The Pacific Crest Trail a well-known trail measuring 79.4 miles in total length.

The most popular trails are Mariposa Grove, Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne Trail and Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River. Trails.com member Michelle L. recently completed Wapama Falls.

More information on the best trails in Yosemite can be found below.
  • Virginia Lakes Basin

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This is a high-elevation, out-and-back hike through a cluster of timberline lakes. It is actually outside the Yosemite border, but is a convenient and very scenic route to many more hikes in ...
    •  3 to 6 hours
    •  6.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a high-elevation, out-and-back hike through a cluster of timberline lakes. It is actually outside the Yosemite border, ...

  • The Pohono Trail

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The Pohono Trail skirts the entire south rim of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point to Tunnel View. The rolling, up-and-down route takes you to a series of overlooks--Taft Point, Dewey Point, ...
    •  7 to 8 hours
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The Pohono Trail skirts the entire south rim of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point to Tunnel View. The rolling, up-and-down ...

  • Young Lakes

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The three Young Lakes lie in a subalpine lake basin with superb panoramic views of the Cathedral Range along the way. The hike starts out steeply, but becomes more gradual as you climb. It's ...
    •  Overnight
    •  13.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The three Young Lakes lie in a subalpine lake basin with superb panoramic views of the Cathedral Range along the way. The ...

  • Lukens Lake

    3 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This easy and popular out-and-back day hike through forest and meadow to a quiet lake is a favorite with wildflower lovers.
    •  1 to 3 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy and popular out-and-back day hike through forest and meadow to a quiet lake is a favorite with wildflower love ...

  • Glacier Point via the Four Mile Trail

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The Four Mile Trail is really 4.6 miles because it has had to be rerouted since its original construction. It is a steep, steady uphill-and-back pull to Yosemite's most famous viewpoint. It's ...
    •  4 to 8 hours
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The Four Mile Trail is really 4.6 miles because it has had to be rerouted since its original construction. It is a steep, ...

  • Wapama Falls

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This is an out-and-back day hike along the controversial Hetch Hetchy Reservoir through a riotous show of springtime wildflowers past the base of one gentle waterfall to the crash and spray of ...
    •  3 to 6 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an out-and-back day hike along the controversial Hetch Hetchy Reservoir through a riotous show of springtime wildflowers ...

  • Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes Basin

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    Saddlebag Lake is just outside Yosemite in the Hoover Wilderness and, like Lundy Canyon, is a favorite of Yosemite hikers. It is also a backdoor cross-country entrance into the park by way of ...
    •  4 to 6 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Saddlebag Lake is just outside Yosemite in the Hoover Wilderness and, like Lundy Canyon, is a favorite of Yosemite hikers. ...

  • Benson Pass–Northeast Yosemite Grand Tour

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This extended backpack loop is probably the most challenging hike in the book. Not only is the distance long and the changes in elevation extreme (between 4,400 and 10,000 feet), but your window ...
    •  5 to 9 days
    •  58 miles
    •  Guide

    This extended backpack loop is probably the most challenging hike in the book. Not only is the distance long and the changes ...

  • McCabe Lakes

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This out-and-back overnight hike takes you to Upper and Lower McCabe Lakes in their beautiful cirque at the base of Sheep Peak by way of Green Creek, just outside the northeast boundary of Yosemite. ...
    •  2 to 4 days
    •  30.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back overnight hike takes you to Upper and Lower McCabe Lakes in their beautiful cirque at the base of Sheep ...

  • The Panorama Trail - Glacier Point to Nevada Fall

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The name of the trail says it all. It follows the southeastern portion of the valley rim above Happy Isles, crossing Illilouette Creek at the top of Illilouette Fall to the (usually) sunny flat ...
    •  6 to 8 hours
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The name of the trail says it all. It follows the southeastern portion of the valley rim above Happy Isles, crossing Illilouette ...

  • Mirror Lake - Tenaya Canyon Loop

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This easy loop day hike leads to one of the most isolated corners of the valley by way of a favorite family picnic and wading spot. If you head out early in the morning, you can complete the ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  4.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy loop day hike leads to one of the most isolated corners of the valley by way of a favorite family picnic and wading ...

  • The North Rim

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This is an overnight shuttle route that follows the north rim of Yosemite Valley from west to east, beginning near Big Oak Flat Road, skirting the tops of El Capitan, Eagle Peak, Yosemite Falls, ...
    •  3 to 4 days
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an overnight shuttle route that follows the north rim of Yosemite Valley from west to east, beginning near Big Oak ...

  • Yosemite National Park / Valley Floor and Mirror Lake

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    You are limited to paved roads and bike paths, with a section of dirt, so the riding is not really mountain biking. Still, it is some of the most incredible scenery in the world and any kind ...
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    You are limited to paved roads and bike paths, with a section of dirt, so the riding is not really mountain biking. Still, ...

  • Glacier Point

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    Glacier Point is perched on the sheer southern wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet. This short, wheelchair-accessible trail leads to some of the most inspiring vistas you will ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Glacier Point is perched on the sheer southern wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet. This short, wheelchair-accessible ...

  • Taft Point and The Fissures

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    Taft Point is the westernmost of several overlooks into Yosemite Valley from the south rim accessible by only a short hike. Don?t miss it, even if you have already been to Glacier Point. In place ...
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Taft Point is the westernmost of several overlooks into Yosemite Valley from the south rim accessible by only a short hike. ...

  • Sunrise High Sierra Camp

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This out-and-back route leads you from Tenaya Lake steadily upward past all three Sunrise Lakes, skirts the north end of Sunrise Mountain, then descends to a terrace above a long and lovely meadow ...
    •  5 to 8 hours
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This out-and-back route leads you from Tenaya Lake steadily upward past all three Sunrise Lakes, skirts the north end of ...

  • Chain Lakes

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This is a perfect weekend hike into the classic glacial scenery that is the hallmark of Yosemite. The route takes you up a glacial moraine, then along a series of lakes gouged out by the flow ...
    •  8 to 12 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a perfect weekend hike into the classic glacial scenery that is the hallmark of Yosemite. The route takes you up ...

  • Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The first part of this hike is a beautiful, easy ramble along the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River as far as the Vogelsang Pass junction. It's an 11.2-mile round-trip journey from Tuolumne Meadows ...
    •  4 to 8 hours
    •  11.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The first part of this hike is a beautiful, easy ramble along the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River as far as the Vogelsang ...

  • Rancheria Falls

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    Lots of flowers, birds, bears, and reptiles are likely company on this popular springtime backpack. The route runs along the north shore of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, past Tueeulala and Wapama Falls, ...
    •  6 hours to 2 days
    •  13.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Lots of flowers, birds, bears, and reptiles are likely company on this popular springtime backpack. The route runs along ...

  • Jack Main Canyon and Tilden Lake

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This multiday loop hike has been included in the Hetch Hetchy section because it begins and ends there, but part of it extends into the remote north boundary country. Spring runoff in early ...
    •  3 to 6 days
    •  46.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This multiday loop hike has been included in the Hetch Hetchy section because it begins and ends there, but part of it extends ...

  • Half Dome

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    A demanding hike; a unique ascent protected by metal cables; spectacular views far down into Yosemite Valley. Come on, it’s Half Dome! A very popular route for trail runners, the standing round-trip ...
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    A demanding hike; a unique ascent protected by metal cables; spectacular views far down into Yosemite Valley. Come on, it’s ...

  • The Clark Range and Red Peak Pass

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The distinctive, finlike shape of Mount Clark dominates southern Yosemite and is recognizable from high points all over the park. This multiday backpack circumnavigates the mountain, crossing ...
    •  4 to 8 days
    •  50.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The distinctive, finlike shape of Mount Clark dominates southern Yosemite and is recognizable from high points all over the ...

  • The John Muir Trail

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    The trail climbs gently on an eroded asphalt path through black oak and ponderosa pine forest among enormous lichen-draped boulders. In about a half mile, across the thundering Merced on your ...
    •  4 to 6 days
    •  34.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail climbs gently on an eroded asphalt path through black oak and ponderosa pine forest among enormous lichen-draped ...

  • Tioga Road to the Top of Yosemite Falls

    0 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    This is an easier, but much longer way to reach the top of Yosemite Falls than climbing straight up from the valley floor. The mostly forested up-and-down trail follows along Yosemite Creek, ...
    •  8 to 14 hours
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easier, but much longer way to reach the top of Yosemite Falls than climbing straight up from the valley floor. ...

  • McGurk Meadow

    0 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    A short out-and-back day hike to one of Yosemite's "bloomingest" wildflower meadows.
    •  1 to 2 hours
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A short out-and-back day hike to one of Yosemite's "bloomingest" wildflower meadows.