Hiking Trails

In Yosemite you can traipse beside meadows on a glacier-carved valley floor or in the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, then clamber beside thunderous waterfalls. How do you know which trail to hike? Start with our Trail Chart that asks you two simple questions.

Family-friendly trail to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls.

6 Easy to Moderate Yosemite Valley Hiking Trails

Hit the trail during your Yosemite vacation! Choose Yosemite National Park trails based on how easy or family-friendly they are.


Backcountry Tips and Tricks

Want to be a better hiker? Look no further. Here are some backcountry secrets that separate average campers from true wilderness experts.

Kings Canyon Dusy Basin.

Day Hiking in Nearby Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Just a half day's drive south of Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are rewarding destinations for hikers of all ages and abilities.

Autumn in the mountains. Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Geotourism

Day Hiking in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains

East of Yosemite's high country, on the other side of the Sierra Nevada, lies a wonderland of lakes and waterfalls, alpine meadows, and geological oddities.

At the base of Wapama Falls. Photo by David Krause

Easy Hike to Wapama Falls in Hetch Hetchy Valley

The valley has an iconic rock formation called Kolana Rock, and Wapama Falls which flows year-round, yet relatively few people visit this area of the park.


Explore Yosemite Trails

Whether you want to get out of the car and do a little exploring, or you're planning a backcountry adventure on foot or horseback, we've got just the thing for you and your family.

Cathedral Peak Tent View. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Hike the John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park

JMT hikers will walk past a plethora of photogenic scenes - Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Cathedral Peak, Trissider Peak and Columbia Finger.


Hiking and Trail Safety

Yosemite National Park is home to many tall mountains, trails are often loose, steep and dangerous (with little or no room for error).

John Muir in Yosemite

John Muir Geotourism Center

The John Muir Geotourism Center, now closed, had a mission to enrich the natural and rural communities by inspiring people to explore, learn, share and preserve the values of the John Muir Legacy through innovative and creative programs.

Crossing a creek on a log

Leave No Trace in Yosemite

Even if you live by the phrase “take only photos; leave only footprints” when you’re outdoors, it still might seem counterintuitive to pack out food scraps and toilet paper.

Hiking past Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail in Yosemite.

Mist Trail, Yosemite's Most Popular Waterfall Hike

Starting from the Happy Isles on the valley floor, the challenging Mist Trail climbs a granite staircase beside Vernal Fall and on to Nevada Fall.

Illilouette Fall and Illilouette Gorge from the Panorama Trail

Panorama Trail Hike in Yosemite

Few trails offer more eye candy than the Panorama Trail, which earns its name with unprecedented views of Yosemite's most famous landmarks.


Scramble Up a Granite Dome in Yosemite

Head to these granite gems for big vistas and easy treks across rock that is full of geology lessons.

View from Taft Point in Yosemite

Top 7 Yosemite Hikes with a View

Stroll past Yosemite Falls, Tenaya Lake, and the Half Dome on these "bucket list" hikes in Yosemite National Park.

The John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail join together in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

Understanding Trailhead Talk

Before you hit the trail, become familiar with these hiking terms.

Hiking down from Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail in Yosemite.

Which Yosemite Hiking Trail Should I Hike?

Find your perfect Yosemite Hiking Trail by answering a few questions, then see the Trail Guide for details.

Reese Witherspoon in the movie "Wild." Photo YouTube

Wild Pacific Crest Trail Hike Through Yosemite

The popular book and soon to be movie "Wild" takes a hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. 70 miles of the trail winds through the park including Tuolumne Meadows.

Snowshoeing in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias with Wildland Trekking

Wildland Trekking Guided Hiking Vacations

Go on an unforgettable hiking vacation. Wildland Trekking has a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes.

The end of the Half Dome Trail in Yosemite with cables to help hikers.

Yosemite's Half Dome Hiking Survival Guide

Permits for climbing Half Dome can only be obtained via lottery from March 1-31, so early planning is essential.