Beloved for its natural beauty and stunning hikes, Yosemite National Park ranks among the top hiking destinations in the United States. The park is America's second oldest, and its many miles of trails, spread over one thousand mikes of California wild, makes backpacking Yosemite a treat for hikers of every stripe. Millions of tourists flock to Yosemite every year, eager to discover the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountains' natural beauty for themselves. But most Yosemite hikers venture no further than Yosemite Valley, home to iconic sites like El Capitan, Sentinel Dome and Half Dome. Beyond the valley floor lies a wilderness wonderland jam-packed with hundreds of lesser known trails perfect for more adventurous backpackers. Even so, if you're looking to hike the world-famous Yosemite Valley, plan your trip for the off-season to avoid long lines and packed trails.