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Yosemite National Park Trails

Yosemite National Park: Breeze Lake Backpacking Loop

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.

Yosemite National Park: Hetch Hetchy-Vernon Lake Loop

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.

Yosemite National Park: Sentinel Dome Loop

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.

Mammoth Lakes, CA: Sadler Lake

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.

Live from the Sierra High Route

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.

Yosemite National Park: Nevada Falls Loop

This 6.2-mile loop leads into a land of rainbows and big waterfalls among the granite faces of Yosemite Valley.

Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 21

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).

Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 20

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.

Pacific Crest Trail: Best Month – High Sierra, CA

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.

Yosemite National Park: Half Dome

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.

Yosemite National Park: Dewey Point Snowshoe (Winter Route)

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.

Sierras, CA: Sierra High Route

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.

Yosemite National Park: Panorama Trail

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.

Yosemite National Park: Mist Trail

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.

Yosemite National Park: Half Dome at Full Moon

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.

Yosemite National Park: Lyell Canyon to Yosemite Valley

Escape front-country crowds on a trek to the park’s idyllic interior.

Yosemite National Park: Mariposa Grove Loop

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.

Yosemite National Park: Clouds Rest

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.

Yosemite National Park: The North Rim

Savor Yosemite’s icons in solitude on this 4-day exploration.

Yosemite National Park: South Rim Traverse

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.

Yosemite National Park: Glacier Point to Four Mile Trail

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.

Yosemite National Park: Clark Range Traverse

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.

Yosemite National Park: Elizabeth Lake

Climb through deep lodgepole forest toward the foot of the Cathedral Range on this 4-mile out-and-back to the peaceful Elizabeth Lake.

Yosemite National Park: Lembert Dome

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.

Yosemite National Park: Young Lakes Loop

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.

Yosemite National Park: Merced Grove

Visit some of the world’s oldest and largest trees on this peaceful stroll to Yosemite’s most remote giant sequoia grove.

Yosemite National Park: Mount Hoffman and May Lake

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.

Yosemite National Park: Pohono Trail

Wander along Yosemite’s towering South Rim for unbeatable Valley panoramas from a series of high-country, cliff-edge vantage points.

Yosemite National Park: Tuolumne Grove And Hodgdon Meadow

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.

Yosemite National Park: Sentinel Dome

Savor can’t-miss Yosemite panoramas from the Valley’s second-highest vantage point on this easy hike to the legendary Sentinel Dome.

John Muir Trail: Tuolumne Meadows to Devils Postpile

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.

Yosemite National Park: Mount Conness

Walk a scary-narrow rock fin to an airy summit.

Yosemite National Park: High Sierra Camps Loop

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.

California Kings Canyon National Park Yosemite National Park

Live from the Sierra High Route

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.

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