Yosemite, CA Trails and Parks

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 most popular trails are Half Dome, Cathedral Lakes and Mariposa Grove. Trails.com member Harriet M. recently completed Yosemite National Park: The Mist Trail.
  • Half DomeView Trail Details

    34 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    •  1-2 days
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    Half Dome is the symbol of Yosemite; its summit the goal of just about everybody who has ever donned a pair of hiking boots. It is a grueling ...

  • Cathedral LakesView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4 to 8 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The hike to the two Cathedral Lakes is probably the most popular of any in the Tuolumne area (not counting the High Sierra Camp Loop) so wilderness ...

  • Virginia Lakes BasinView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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, but is a convenient ...

  • The Pohono TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 route takes you to ...

  • Young LakesView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    •  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 hike starts out steeply, ...

  • Sentinel DomeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Here's your chance to climb one of Yosemite's famous domes with minimal expenditure of time and effort. The view from the summit is everything ...

  • Lukens LakeView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 lovers.

  • Happy Isles to the Top of Nevada FallView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours to all day
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    If you have time for only one hike in Yosemite, whether you want to spend the day on the trail or take only a short stroll, this loop (or part ...

  • Glacier Point via the Four Mile TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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, steady uphill-and-back ...

  • Saddlebag Lake and 20 Lakes BasinView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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. It is also a backdoor ...

  • Benson Pass–Northeast Yosemite Grand TourView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    •  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 in elevation extreme ...

  • McCabe LakesView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    •  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 Peak by way of Green ...

  • The Panorama Trail - Glacier Point to Nevada FallView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Creek at the ...

  • Mirror Lake - Tenaya Canyon LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 spot. If you head ...

  • The North RimView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    •  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 Flat Road, skirting ...

  • Yosemite National Park / Valley Floor and Mirror LakeView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Mountain Biking  
    •  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, it is some of the ...

  • Glacier PointView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 trail ...

  • Taft Point and The FissuresView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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. Don?t miss it, even ...

  • May Lake High Sierra CampView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 to 4 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the High Sierra Camp most easily reached from the road (not counting Tuolumne Meadows Lodge) so you are bound to have plenty of company ...

  • Sunrise High Sierra CampView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Sunrise Mountain, then ...

  • Chain LakesView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 a glacial moraine, then ...

  • Tenaya LakeView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2 hours
    •  3.4 miles
    •  Guide

    By Yosemite standards, Tenaya is a very big lake, and a very popular one, too, because of its wide sandy beach and proximity to the Tioga Road. ...

  • Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne RiverView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 Pass junction. It's ...

  • Soda Springs and Parsons LodgeView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1 hour
    •  1.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easy exploration of the largest subalpine meadow in the Sierra with wildflowers galore, a good chance of seeing wildlife, and a taste ...

  • Wapama FallsView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Yosemite, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  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 past the base ...