Top Trails Yosemite Guide Book

by Jeffrey P. Schaffer (Wilderness Press)
Top Trails Yosemite  by Jeffrey P. Schaffer

383pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0899974252

With its towering granite cliffs, leaping waterfalls, and lush meadows, Yosemite National Park offers an overwhelming number of outdoor adventures. Top Trails Yosemite describes the best the Park has to offer in 45 "must-do" hikes, including those to the base of Yosemite Falls, the top of Half Dome, and across remote wilderness high in the Sierra Nevada. The trails range from short, paved routes such as the path to spectacular Glacier Point to a multi-day trek through the High Sierra camps. Whether you're looking for a scenic half-mile stroll, a full-day adventure, or a challenging backpacking trip, you'll find it here.

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Trails from the "Top Trails Yosemite" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 45.
... Preview: 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 ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Bridgeport, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 16.4
... Preview: The hike to a view of Bridalveil Fall is one of three extremely popular, wheelchair-accessible trails in the park, the other two being to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall and out to Glacier Point . In ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
... Preview: The subalpine lakes nestled around Buena Vista Peak can be reached from North Wawona or from three trailheads along the Glacier Point Road. This hike starts from one of these trailheads and visits fiv ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Wawona, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 30.4
... Preview: Although 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 popular, often overcrowded Half Dome. Except for its last 300 yar ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 14
... Preview: This is the easier of two routes to scenic Dewey Point, and it requires less than half the climbing effort of a start up the Pohono Trail, which begins at Discovery View at the east end of Wawona Tunn ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.2
... Preview: The vertical walls of 3000-foot-high 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 much ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 17
... Preview: Due to its accessibility, Elizabeth Lake ranks with Dog Lake in popularity. Dog Lake is certainly better for swimming, Elizabeth Lake for scenery. From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5
... Preview: This trail provides a very scenic descent to Yosemite Valley—a descent that will acquaint you with the valley’s main features. This knee-knocking descent also gives you a feel for the valley’s 3000-fo ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
... Preview: Five subalpine lakes and sweeping panoramas await those who take this hike and its optional side trip, although most visitors probably visit only Middle and Upper Gaylor Lake and perhaps the mining ca ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Bridgeport, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: This is the most scenic of all trails descending to the floor of Yosemite Valley, passing three waterfalls and offering spectacular views along the way. Either take a bus up to Glacier Point or have s ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 9.2
... Preview: From the early 1870s until January 1968, a large pile of embers was pushed off Glacier Point at evening darkness to create the renowned Firefall—a glowing “waterfall.” Quite a spectacle. Then from the ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
... Preview: This trail comprises the easiest section of the High Sierra Camps Loop Trail. It is also a section of both the Pacific Crest and Tahoe–Yosemite trails. Scenically, this popular hike to Glen Aulin is n ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: Large, attractive Green Lake is one of the most easily reached backpacker lakes in the North Yosemite area, and the hike up to it is memorable because of the diverse vegetation and the impressive view ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Bridgeport, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.2
... Preview: Many a backpacker has spent his or her first night in the “wilderness” of Little Yosemite Valley. Indeed, more backpackers camp in it than in any other Yosemite backcountry area. Perhaps too, more bea ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 15.5
... Preview: Only about an hour’s hike from White Wolf Campground, this lake attracts quite a number of summer visitors, virtually all of them dayhikers, although one could camp near Harden Lake. From mid-June thr ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.6
... Preview: The High Sierra Camps Loop hike became very popular years ago, not surprisingly, since the five backcountry camps are spaced about 6 to 10 miles apart, distances that are about right for most backpack ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Lee Vining, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 17.6
... Preview: The High Sierra Camps Loop hike became very popular years ago, not surprisingly, since the five backcountry camps are spaced about 6 to 10 miles apart, distances that are about right for most backpack ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Lee Vining, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 33
... Preview: 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 ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: 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 8.4 ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
El Portal, CA - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 24.8
... Preview: This is perhaps the finest dayhike you can take in the Tuolumne Meadows area. If you have only an hour or two to spare, then hike only to the top of Lembert Dome or Dog Dome. However, don’t overexert ... From the guidebook "Top Trails Yosemite"
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4.6