Buena Vista Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain4,457ft
Trailhead Elevation6,379ft
Elevation Min/Max6057/9020ft
Elevation Start/End6379/6379ft

Buena Vista Trail

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.

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Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"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."
100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books)
Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall
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"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."

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Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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Yosemite National Park
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