Great Yosemite Hikes

 “Walk slowly and take a look around once in a while.” ~Randy Morgenson

Gaylor Lakes Hike, Yosemite 2009.

Gaylor Lakes Hike, Yosemite 2009.

I love to hike in Yosemite!  Hiking is one of the best activities the park has to offer and there are close to 800 miles of trails to choose from.

Here is a list of great hikes I have done– several of which I have hiked multiple times. Keep checking back because I will be adding links to a description of WHAT TO REALLY EXPECT for each hike along with personal notes and recommendations.

Yosemite Valley

  • Curry Village to Yosemite Falls and Lodge via the paved bike path
  • Curry Village to Happy Isles
  • Yosemite Lodge to Curry Village via Swinging Bridge and LeConte Memorial
  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Lower Yosemite Falls to Yosemite Village via the Valley Loop Trail
  • Top of Yosemite Falls
  • Mirror Lake + partial loop
  • Vernal Fall Footbridge
  • Top of Vernal Fall
  • Half Dome (Including Nevada Fall)


  • Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, partial loops

Tioga Road

  • Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

Glacier Point Road

  • Sentinel Dome
  • Taft Point and the Fissures
  • Glacier Point
  • 4 mile Trail to Valley Floor

Tuolumne Meadows

  • Pothole Dome and the Tuolumne River
  • Lembert Dome
  • Elizabeth Lake
  • Lower Cathedral Lake
  • Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp
  • Gaylor Lakes
  • Soda Springs and Parson’s Lodge
  • Loop Trail from Campground to Lodge to Store and back to Campground
  • Aimlessly roaming the meadows

Backpacking Routes

  • Tuolumne Backpackers camp to Nelson Lake
  • Tuolumne Backpackers camp up Lyell Canyon via the John Muir Trail, over to Vogelsang High Sierra Camp, back to Tuolumne via Rafferty Creek Trail
  • Cathedral Lakes Trailhead via the John Muir Trail to Sunrise High Sierra Camp (Upper Cathedral Lake), to Little Yosemite Valley, to Yosemite Valley via the Mist Trail

Randy Morgenson was a backcountry ranger in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks for 28 seasons.  He could be considered the John Muir of our time.  You can read his story in The Last Season by Eric Blehm.

Happy Trails,


Originally posted on February 2, 2014 by Ginger.

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