Yosemite National Park The North Rim Trail

Yosemite, California

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Piece together several trails and spurs for the best views and remote campsites in and above Yosemite Valley. Despite Yosemite’s belle-of-the-ball status among national parks, backpackers willing to put in an extra mile (or 20) can still find triple-A views and surprising solitude. This 31-mile shuttle hike is one of the best ways to do just that. From the Rockslides trailhead, follow the now defunct roadbed of Old Big Oak Flat Road Trail. In the first few minutes, you’ll see the shaved granite wall of El Capitan piercing the skyline. At mile 1.7, where a massive rockslide blocks the road, follow cairns uphill to the next intact section of roadbed. The upcoming 2.5 miles pass through dense manzanita; peek out at Bridalveil Falls, and end at a campsite near Cascade Creek.
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Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast

by Ted Alvarez (Falcon Guides)

Piece together several trails and spurs for the best views and remote campsites in and above Yosemite Valley.

Despite Yosemite’s belle-of-the-ball status among national parks, backpackers willing to put in an extra mile (or 20) can still find triple-A views and surprising solitude. This 31-mile shuttle hike is one of the best ways to do just that.

From the Rockslides trailhead, follow the now defunct roadbed of Old Big Oak Flat Road Trail. In the first few minutes, you’ll see the shaved granite wall of El Capitan piercing the skyline. At mile 1.7, where a massive rockslide blocks the road, follow cairns uphill to the next intact section of roadbed. The upcoming 2.5 miles pass through dense manzanita; peek out at Bridalveil Falls, and end at a campsite near Cascade Creek.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 31
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 days
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-020; nps.gov/yose
Driving Directions: Directions to Yosemite National Park: The North Rim Trail

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