50 Best Short Hikes Yosemite National Park and Vicinity  by Elizabeth Wenk

50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity Guide Book

by Elizabeth Wenk (Wilderness Press)
50 Best Short Hikes Yosemite National Park and Vicinity  by Elizabeth Wenk
50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity serves up an abundance of diverse routes in California’s showpiece national park and the nearby Mono Basin. With this book as guidance, you will know where to  nd acres of wild owers, majestic waterfalls, and panoramic mountain vistas while you roam one of America’s  nest parks.  e hikes range in distance from 1 mile (or less) to 8 miles, covering terrain from easy to strenuous.

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Trails from the "50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity" Guide Book
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The unmarked use trail to the base of El Capitan gives you an unusual panorama of the imposing granite face—straight up and up and up. From the base you lack the perspective gained from standing in a ...
Yosemite, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
If you can look past the crowds of people sharing the trail, you will discover yourself in a special corner of Yosemite Valley where the waterfalls and steep walls are in a very enclosed setting, maki ...
Yosemite National Park, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
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The walk past the Great Sierra Tunnel and onto Bennettville takes you back to the 1880s and Tioga Pass’s brief mining boom. The subalpine setting is spectacular, with wonderful views of Mount Dana, th ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
The short walk to Bridalveil Falls is a must-do for every Yosemite tourist. The lighting is best in the late afternoon, beautifully illuminating the stream of water and U-shaped hanging valley at the ...
Yosemite Village, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
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Cathedral Peak, a steep horn rising to the south of the meadow, is one of the icons of Tuolumne Meadows. A well-worn climber’s trail to the base of the peak allows hikers to ascend to the remarkably f ...
Yosemite Village, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
This is another of the region’s striking destinations. One can spend a long lunch staring at the intense glacial aqua color of Conness Lakes set against smooth granite slabs. And the walk from Saddleb ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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The historic Crane Flat Fire Station is open to visitors and accessible by a very short walk. From the tower you will enjoy impressive views of western Yosemite and get a feel for the expansive forest ...
El Portal, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
The enormous diversity of flowers has long made the unglaciated Dana Plateau a favorite location for Yosemite’s natural history buffs, but its charm is more wide-ranging. A spring-fed trickle flows th ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
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Dog Lake is often selected as a destination simply because it is one of Tuolumne Meadows’s shorter walks—an unfair depiction of a beautiful forest-ringed lake with some of the region’s best swimming b ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
Name aside, Elizabeth Lake has always been a favorite family walk, for it is not too long and not too steep, and it departs directly from the Tuolumne Meadows Campground, eliminating the hassle of fir ...
Yosemite Village, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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Yosemite Valley’s features change appearance with elevation above the valley floor and are best absorbed by viewing them from above, below, and straight on. Unless you are a rock climber, the Four Mil ...
Yosemite National Park, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
On my many trips to Gardisky Lake, it is immediately clear that this is a hike Tuolumne area lovers return to again and again—a woman recently commented to me that she always comes here to see the wil ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.8
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This is a walk that has it all—as long as you are willing to ascend the steep 600 feet to the initial pass. The view across the middle Gaylor Lake to the Cathedral Range is striking: an expanse of dar ...
Yosemite, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The vista point is simply phenomenal. You can look straight down on the eastern half of Yosemite Valley (and Yosemite Falls) or east to Half Dome and the amphitheater containing Nevada and Vernal fall ...
Yosemite, CA - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 0.6
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If you wish to see Mono Lake from a new perspective, this is a wonderful little walk, especially when the aspens are colorful or on a winter day when you wish to look down upon Mono Lake from above. T ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
This easy walk boasts beautiful views of Mono Lake, a cold tufa cave you can enter, and a boardwalk leading through wetlands to the shores of Mono Lake. Placards provide background information of the ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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If you have time for just one Tuolumne Meadows walk, it should be an ascent of Lembert Dome (or Pothole Dome, Hike 29, if you are uneasy about scrambling up steep slabs). From the summit you can enjoy ...
Lee Vining, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.4
This short hike leads to the summit of a small granite dome from which you can view Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and its surroundings—one of the few at this elevation that provides an expansive vista. Take ...
Mather, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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One of Yosemite’s ultimate destination hikes, this walk takes you through dense forest to reach a spectacular lake—a large, deep glacial-carved (cirque) lake mostly encircled by smooth, polished grani ...
Yosemite Village, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.4
In spring and early summer lower Chilnualna Falls is a collection of many churning 15- to 30-foot waterfalls flowing along fractures in steep granite walls. The walk is up the old trail, now for foot ...
Wawona, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7
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