Yosemite National Park
Camp under sharp peaks and sharper stars on this 4-day, 20-mile tour along the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park. Summits, swimming holes, and trout abound.
Enjoy the quiet trails and scenic views of Yosemite Valley’s less-traveled twin on this 28.7-mile overnighter. Early season is marked by waterfalls surging with spring meltoff.
Hike 5.5 miles into Ansel Adams country to the top of Sentinel Dome and around to Taft Point for fisheye panoramas of Yosemite Valley.
Escape Yosemite Valley crowds on this 21.2-mile, multiday trek to glacial cirques and turquoise lakes deep in the wilds of the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Welcome to the map portion of Steve Howe’s solo thru-hike of the Sierra High Route. Steve is BACKPACKER’s Rocky Mountain editor, and he started this 37-day, 280-mile route on Saturday, August 26, 2006. He’s podcasting once a day from his evening camp, and we’ll be updating this map daily with a new waypoint showing where he’s pitching his tent.
This 6.2-mile loop leads into a land of rainbows and big waterfalls among the granite faces of Yosemite Valley.
TUOLUMNE MEADOWS to SONORA PASS: This 65.8-mile section travels the remote regions of Yosemite. Our advice: Pack a good camera (the scenery is five stars), extra sunscreen (it’s the High Sierra), and water shoes (swift rivers).
KENNEDY MEADOWS to TUOLUMNE MEADOWS: The highlight reel of this 209-mile section includes three national parks, several high passes with heavenly views, two stunning wilderness areas, and not a single road. Option: Detour up Mt. Whitney, the tallest peak in the Lower 48.
Every hiker’s life list should include the 270 miles between Mt. Whitney and Sonora Pass. It may take a month, but it’s a trivial sacrifice to make for the most unrelenting wilderness eye-candy you’ll ever feast on.
Climb 4,800 feet on this classic 15.7-mile route to the top of the park’s most-iconic peak towering above the Valley floor.
This 7.2-mile snowshoe to Dewey Point tops out at one of Yosemite Valley’s most spectacular views–a panorama stretching from El Capitan to Half Dome.
On this burly, 200-plus-mile traverse, which
crosses 33 passes and barely touches
established trails, you can find Alaska-size
scenery, complete solitude, and just
enough risk to keep things interesting.
Don’t worry about the crowds. This classic 8.8-mile dayhike offers plenty for all trailgoers: giant waterfalls, trailside rainbows, and arguably some of the best views in Yosemite.
A short 3-mile out-and-back full of rainbows, waterfalls, and sprawling mountainside views, this Yosemite classic isn’t called the Mist Trail for nothing.
Let the soft light of a full moon guide your way to Yosemite’s most iconic granite peak on this 14.2-mile out-and-back.
Escape front-country crowds on a trek to the park’s idyllic interior.
Check out some of the oldest trees in the world–1,000 year-old sequoias–on this 4-mile loop through southern Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove.
Looking to tag a life-list summit without queuing up? Pass on Half Dome, and opt for the 12-mile climb to Yosemite’s unsung granite peak.
Savor Yosemite’s icons in solitude on this 4-day exploration.
Climb from Yosemite Valley’s forested floor to the cloud-scraping South Rim on this 18-miler featuring trips to Taft Point, Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point.
Notch inimitable panoramas of Yosemite Valley from the soaring Glacier Point before tackling a steep descent from the South Wall on this staggeringly scenic 4.6-miler.
On this four-day trip through the Clark Range, push deep into Yosemite’s backcountry to discover a wonderland of slickrock waterfalls, pristine alpine lakes and jagged peaks.
Climb through deep lodgepole forest toward the foot of the Cathedral Range on this 4-mile out-and-back to the peaceful Elizabeth Lake.
Big on views and short on distance, this out-and-back climbs to the granite-topped Lembert Dome: sprawling panoramas of Tuolumne Meadows and the surrounding mountain country await.
On this 15-mile overnighter in Yosemite National Park, climb through wildflower-dotted meadows and whitebark pine forest en route to three remote lakes circled by towering granite peaks.
Visit some of the world’s oldest and largest trees on this peaceful stroll to Yosemite’s most remote giant sequoia grove.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the postcard-like May Lake before taking on the rugged ascent to the 10,850-foot Mount Hoffmann, which serves up a 360-degree display of every major peak in the park.
Wander along Yosemite’s towering South Rim for unbeatable Valley panoramas from a series of high-country, cliff-edge vantage points.
Attain deep-forest tranquility on this leisurely amble to Yosemite’s Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias, home to some of the largest living organisms on Earth.
Savor can’t-miss Yosemite panoramas from the Valley’s second-highest vantage point on this easy hike to the legendary Sentinel Dome.
Score some of the John Muir Trail’s most classic views on this 31-mile section hike in Yosemite National Park that starts less than two hours from Bishop.
Walk a scary-narrow rock fin to an airy summit.
This weeklong loop in the Cathedral Range is the epitome of Yosemite high country hikes: you’ll climb past craggy granite, listen to babbling streams, and gaze at vibrant summer wildflowers.
Yosemite National Park
Mother was fifth bear killed by a car in the park this year.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act required better trail access for all, Yosemite saw an opportunity.
In the early days of Yosemite, a woman could be anything—including herself
Don't blame the selfie sticks: Tourists have been making poor choices in our wild spaces since long before smartphones.
If you want a predictable family trip, go to Disneyland. Who knows what'll happen on a National Park adventure?
These 21 miles of Yosemite highlights are among the best 100 miles of trail in the whole national park system.
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