Hiking Trails in Yosemite Valley

Very Easy | Merced River - approximately 1 mile.
Note: Cross the road at the Happy Isles Bridge and take the trail that follows the Merced River for about a mile where it meets the paved road. There are some possible swimming areas along this route, and it’s a nice walk from there to the back of the Ahwahnee Hotel.  
Valley Shuttle Stop: 16

Easy | Lower Yosemite Falls - 1 mile.

Note: There is a slight elevation gain on this walk.

Valley Shuttle Stop: 6


Easy | Bridalveil Fall - .50 miles.

Note: There is a slight elevation gain on this walk.


Very Strenuous | Upper Yosemite Falls - 7.6 miles.

Note: Take plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, good hiking shoes (not tennis shoes), use trekking poles if you have them.

Valley Shuttle Stop: 7


Moderate | Mist Trail to Vernal Fall Bridge - 1.6 miles.

Note: Stay away from the river and rocks; watch children carefully. Very dangerous.  Heed signs and do not cross barriers. Most popular trail in the entire park.

Valley Shuttle Stop: 16 


 Moderately Strenuous 
| Mist Trail to top of Vernal Fall - 3 miles.

Note: This trail features approximately 600 stone steps, some up to 1 foot high. Can be slippery in spring/early summer.

Valley Shuttle Stop: 16 


Strenuous | Happy Isles to Nevada Fall - 7 miles

Note: Steep, with stone steps. For an easier return trek, take the John Muir Trail back down to Yosemite Valley.

Valley Shuttle Stop: 16 


Strenuous | Four-Mile Trail - 9.2 miles to Glacier Point.

Note: Closed in winter beyond Union Point.


Strenuous | Half Dome Substitute Hike - 14 miles.
Note: Best hike for panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, plus no need for hikers’ bus or 2 cars. Four-Mile Trail up to Glacier Point, Panorama Trail to Nevada Fall, either Mist Trail or John Muir Trail back to valley.

 Easy
| Mirror Lake - 2 miles.
Note: Slight uphill first half of hike; flat but rocky second half. Great view of the face of Half Dome.
Valley Shuttle Stop: 17

 Strenuou
s | Half Dome - 17 miles.
Note: Permit required to climb the Half Dome cables 7 days a week when cables are up. Permit lottery open Mar 1-31; winners announced mid-April. During season, limited permits may be available two days ahead of the date you wish to hike at www.recreation.gov.
Valley Shuttle Stop: 16

Happy and safe Hiking!

Check with the Yosemite Wilderness Center on current trails: 209/372-0740.

Great information on hikes available at www.yosemitehikes.com

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