Buena Vista Trail

Yosemite National Park, California

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Buena Vista Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County and Madera County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 10.8 miles long and begins at 6,379 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,457 feet.
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Buena Vista Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County and Madera County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 10.8 miles long and begins at 6,379 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,457 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mono Meadow Trail, Merced Pass Trail and Panorama Trail.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Yosemite National Park
Distance: 10.8
Elevation Gain: 4,457 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,379 feet
Top Elevation: 9,020 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Buena Vista Trail
Parks: Yosemite National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6057/9020 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6379/6379 ft

Buena Vista Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This area returns lots of rewards for little effort. Elevations are low so it is accessible when the higher country is still under snow, yet there is plenty of glacially sculpted scenery and lots of lakes, including Royal Arch Lake, one of the prettiest in the park. You can hike this lollipop-shaped loop in either direction, but the elevation gain is more gradual if you travel clockwise."

"This rambling forest walk explores six of the lesser-known lakes along the southern border of Yosemite National Park. While there are a few magnificent vistas, and two of the lakes are subalpine gems, it is the flowers that cover the meadows and forest floor that make this an outstanding hike. Water is the chief problem on this loop. In early season, the streams flood and are miserable to ford. By mid-September, these same creeks dry up and the lakes are the only reliable sources of water."

"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 five of the peak’s lakes. Although this route is slightly longer than a start from Wawona’s Chilnualna Falls trailhead, it requires 20 percent less climbing effort. While it can be done at a moderate pace in three days, I recommend a more relaxed pace in four or more days so that you can savor the lakes you meet along this relatively easy route."

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May 2018