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    Best Trails in Yosemite National Park- chosen by experts



    By Perry Miller., 

    Ready for the most epic hike?

    Yosemite, is one of the few places on earth located in California where we can be really close to nature and enjoy the fresh mountain breeze. Nowadays, you will rarely find a place to explore without any distractions from the modern world and problems. Actually, it gives us a small glimpse of what the earth was before we built our large cities.

    Yosemite was established at 1890 as a National Park and it is almost 1200 square miles surrounded by extremely high granite walls and incredible waterfalls. If you are looking for adventure and picturesque views, this is the right place to visit.

    This park has the best hiking trails all around the country for every hiker. It has simple trails, crowded trails and even wheelchair accessible trails. In the valley you will find a shuttle which will take you on a nice tour all the way over to a trail of your choice. If you cannot decide which is the best trail for you, you should read our guide with the best hikes.
    Grab your hiking equipment and let the journey begin. Before the trip, we recommend you to take a look at the Outdoor Stuff Guides, where you will find handy guides and tips for every outdoor enthusiast.

    A short reminder to all hikers. The park is open and you will have to make a reservation due to Covid-19 before visiting it.

    1. Mariposa Grove

    Mariposa is the Spanish word for butterfly and as its name says, this trail is very easy and recommended for beginner hikers. You will need almost 4 hours to explore this trail with the giant Sequoias. The unique landscape is breathtaking and the shuttle can bring you near the edge of the grove. The highest elevation is 6800 feet and you will see there the huge Grizzly Tree. Fall is the best time to hike and we would recommend to avoid hiking during the summer because you will have to deal with lots of mosquitoes.

    2. Wapama Falls

    The outstanding waterfalls in Hetch Hetchy Valley are located in the northwest of Yosemite. Exploring a place with unique rock formations and natural waterfalls is definitely a “once-in-lifetime” experience. Spring is the best time to visit this trail, because the trails are usually flooded during the winter. It is not considered to be an easy walk, so you will have to be prepared! Good hiking shoes are extremely important to protect your feet, ankles, and enjoy the hike as well.


    3. Lower Yosemite Falls

    The most part of this trail is paved and it is considered to be the easiest trail of Yosemite. Wandering through extraordinary trees, passing over picturesque bridges, enjoying the nice fresh air.. What is not to love? This trail ends up at a spot where you can see the Lower Falls and the Upper Falls. It is one of the best trails in Yosemite National Park and it is usually crowded, but totally worth it. Additionally, this is the top family-friendly hike and ideal for toddles and kids. Just be careful around the rocks and always look at the signs.

    4. May Lake
    (picture by Yosemite hikes)

    Another great hiking trail is the May Lake which is a short hike (2.5 miles) and it is quite easy except for some parts like Mt. Hoffmann where some climbing skills are required. Once you reach the end of the trail, you will see the stunning blue May Lake at the base of the mountain. There are several campsites around the lake so do not forget to bring your tent. If you need ultralight tents, you can take a look here.

    5. Glen Aulin Trail

    The last one is a difficult one! The hike starts from the spectacular Tuolumne Meadows and ends at Glen Aulin while following the Tuolumne River. You will pass through the Soda Springs (don’t forget to try the water which is high in minerals) and cross multiple granite rock formations. The first waterfalls that you will see are the Tuolumne Falls and be aware that the steepest part is almost 1.1 miles and has lots of ascents and descents throughout the trail.

    You can stay at the Glen Aulin Campsite. The relaxing waterfall sounds will south your soul.

    Let’s Hike!

    “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space” – Ansel Adams –

    Summarizing, the best trails in Yosemite National Park are a challenge for everyone. Yosemite has the best heart-starting views that will inspire you. People from all around the world come to visit the stunning granite cliffs and subalpine lakes. Don’t miss out the opportunity to explore one of the best parts of nature.

    Perry Miller is founder of, 
    Smarter Outdoor Guides for All

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