Top Trails Yosemite  by Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk

Top Trails Yosemite Guide Book

by Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk (Wilderness Press)
Top Trails Yosemite  by Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk
Though Yellowstone, in 1872, was the first federal land to be set aside as a national park, Yosemite, in 1864, was the first federal land to be set aside as any kind of park. In that year, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill, the Yosemite Grant, that deeded Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees to the State of California as an area to be protected for preservation and public use. Today, visitors from around the world still come to Yosemite National Park to experience Yosemite Valley firsthand. Who can forget his or her first visit to the valley, with its enormous granite cliffs; its leaping, dashing waterfalls; and its domes? The valley’s prominent features, if not etched on the mind, are recorded by camera: the monolith of El Capitan; Bridalveil Fall backdropped by the Cathedral Rocks; the Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls and adjacent Lost Arrow Spire; and the deep, gaping Tenaya Canyon bounded on the north by Basket Dome and Mount Watkins and on the south and east by Half Dome and Clouds Rest.

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Trails from the "Top Trails Yosemite" Guide Book
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The Robinson Creek Trail is the most popular route through the Hoover Wilderness and into the Yosemite north country, and justifiably so. This relatively short, scenic trail leads quickly into breatht ...
Bridgeport, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 16.2
The vast lands of northern Yosemite cannot be reached on a weekend walk, because here the most sought-after destinations are all 15 miles or more from the trailhead. This loop takes you past many high ...
Oakhurst, CA - Backpacking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 50.3
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The hike to a view of Bridalveil Fall is one of four extremely popular, wheelchair-accessible trails in the park, the other three being to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall (Trail 29), out to Glacier Po ...
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
Though Clouds Rest is higher than Half Dome, it is easier and safer to climb, and it provides far better views of the park than does the more popular, crowded Half Dome. Except for its last 0.1 mile, ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 12.6
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Dewey Point provides an aerial view of Yosemite Valley’s landmarks from a western perch. You peer over the Cathedral Rocks as you gaze down the length of Yosemite Valley and up Tenaya Canyon. The hike ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 7.8
The 3,000-foot-high vertical walls of El Capitan attract rock climbers from all over the world, and more than five dozen extremely difficult routes ascend it. For nonclimbers this hike provides a more ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 16.8
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Due to its accessibility, Elizabeth Lake ranks with Dog Lake (Trail 8) in popularity as a day hike. Dog Lake is certainly better for swimming, Elizabeth Lake for scenery. Though Tioga Road usually ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
This trail provides a very scenic descent to Yosemite Valley—a descent that will acquaint you with the valley’s main features, giving you perfect views of the Yosemite Falls sequence and a personally ...
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.7
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Five subalpine lakes and sweeping panoramas await those who take this hike and its optional side trip, though most visitors visit only middle and upper Gaylor Lakes and perhaps the mining cabins above ...
Bridgeport, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.0
This is more of a vista point than a walk, but it is included here because it is simply too phenomenal to miss. The attraction is the enormity of the view, not just the gushing waterfalls in spring, m ...
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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Up to Glen Aulin, this trail coincides with the High Sierra Camps Loop (Trail 15), the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Tahoe–Yosemite Trail. Scenically, this popular hike to Glen Aulin is noted for the p ...
Lee Vining, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 17.6
Large, attractive Green Lake is one of the most easily reached backpacker lakes in the northern Yosemite area, and the hike up to it is enjoyable because of the diverse vegetation and the impressive v ...
Bridgeport, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
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If I as a first-time visitor were allowed to do only one day hike in the park, I would unquestionably choose this hike—the one that I most associate with Yosemite and on whose summit I’ve sat countles ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 14.7
Only a little over an hour’s hike from White Wolf Campground, this lake attracts quite a few summer visitors, virtually all of them day hikers, though there are some nice campsites near Harden Lake, p ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 5.7
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The High Sierra Camps Loop hike is very popular, not surprisingly, because the five backcountry camps are spaced 6–10 miles apart, distances that are about right for most backpackers. If you can g ...
Lee Vining, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding,Trail Running - Trail Length: 16.8
The High Sierra Camps Loop hike is very popular, not surprisingly, because the five backcountry camps are spaced 6–10 miles apart, distances that are about right for most backpackers. If you can get r ...
Lee Vining, CA - Backpacking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 30.1
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Crossing four passes over 44 miles, this loop introduces you to many of southern Yosemite’s highlights. Though well traveled during the summer months, these trails will never be crowded because they a ...
Yosemite National Park, CA - Backpacking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 44.1
Were it not for the long drive to the trailhead, Kibbie Lake would be a popular dayhike. At 4 miles distance and only about 700 feet between its trail’s high and low points, Kibbie Lake is a good choi ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8
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This relatively low-elevation loop, a good early- summer conditioner, visits two fairly large lakes— Laurel and Vernon—both good rainbow trout fisheries. If you hike only to Laurel Lake, you go only 7 ...
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 21.1
I would consider this the most breathtaking short walk in the Tuolumne Meadows area and a mustdo for all visitors who are comfortable scrambling up the slabs near the summit of Lembert Dome. If you ha ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 3.9
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