Yosemite Valley–Happy Isles Trailhead

Fish Camp, California 93623

Yosemite Valley–Happy Isles Trailhead

Yosemite Valley–Happy Isles Trailhead Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This route traverses some of the finer forest stands in Yosemite, crosses the Buena Vista Crest, and concludes via the famous Panorama Trail and JMT into the Valley. On this trip, you get close-up views of many world-famous Yosemite landmarks."

Yosemite Valley–Happy Isles Trailhead Trip Reports

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I started on theJohn Muir trail from Happy Isles trailhead through Little Yosemite Valley to a branch trail going to Merced Lake 13 miles in from the trailhead. Spectacular scenery! The Vernal and Nevada falls are the first points. After that come Moraine Dome and climbing in elevation to Merced Lake along the river. Spectacular viewing all along. I saw two bears also. The crowds were thick at Vernal and Nevada but quickly thinned out after passing Nevada and getting into the backcountry. The ascents were demanding but the scenery made it worth it.

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Trail Information

Fish Camp
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 days
Late May - Late August
6,942 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,500 feet
Top Elevation
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Yosemite, Merced Peak, Half Dome, Mariposa Grove
Local Maps

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