The Top 5 Hikes at Yosemite National Park

Published on 2019-05-01


Yosemite national park

One of the best national parks in the world sits in California at Yosemite National Park. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, this park is a hiker’s paradise with a number of trails in varying difficulties to explore.

Each trail has their own highlights and while it would likely take more than a week to see them all, some of the best hiking trails at Yosemite National Park are highlighted below.

Yosemite Falls

This top Yosemite National Park hiking trail takes visitors to the tallest waterfall in the United States and one of the tallest in the world. Sitting over 2,400 ft, Yosemite Falls is at its peak in the spring where visitors can see it roaring at its maximum flow.

Hikers can get a close look at Yosemite Falls and the Yosemite Valley along this trail by hiking to the top of the falls or by hiking Colombia Rock for stunning views of the valley. For first-timers to Yosemite National Park, this is a trail you won’t want to miss.

Half Dome

While you’ll need a permit and some nerves to handle the Half Dome, it’s one of Yosemite National Park’s best hiking trails. Regardless of this trail being long and challenging, it’s a favorite amongst hikers since it features the park’s most famous icon.

This exhilarating  hike allows visitors to get up and close and personal with Half Dome and you’ll have a number of viewpoints to marvel at throughout the journey. For rock-climbing enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, the Half Dome is sure to make for some memories.

Mirror Lake Trail

Yosemite National Park’s Mirror Lake hiking trail is easier for hikers, but still offers amazing views of the stunning Half Dome. This trail is perfect for families, beginners, or for those just looking to enjoy an easy day by the lake, taking about an hour in total.

Along with the reflective lake that inspires its name, Mirror Lake gifts visitors with great views of the mountains and is great for cooling off on a hot day.

Glacier Point

For one of the best views of Yosemite National Park, hike Glacier Point to a stunning lookout that stretches over all of Yosemite. While there are shuttles that head to Glacier Point for visitors to nab a view, it can also be accessed by the Four Mile Trail.

Perfect for stargazing or capturing sunrises and sunsets overlooking Half Dome, Glacier Point takes about four hours to hike (or seven hours roundtrip) and really opens up hikers to Yosemite’s stunning landscape with plenty to gawk at.

Mist Trail

The Mist Trail is another favorite trail at Yosemite National Park. This is mostly because it takes you to the famous Vernal and Nevada falls at Yosemite, some of the park’s top landmarks.

These breathtaking waterfalls attract a large number of hikers to this trail, and it’s not as challenging as some other hikes featured at the park. As the name warns, expect things to get a little misty, but it’s a trail that’s perfect for a variety of hikers.


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