Looking for the best hikes in Yosemite National Park? You've come to the right place. Beloved for its natural beauty and stunning trails, Yosemite 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 miles 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.
It's hard to find an ugly spot in the national parks. But these eight hikes take it to the next level, with gorgeous scenery and wildlife. Go for a walk.
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.
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.
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.
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.