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.


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.


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.

Sequoia Grizzly Giant. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Hike: 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.


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).


Hiking Half Dome

Directions and waypoints to help hikers find their way to Yosemite's renown Half Dome. This hike is 15.7 miles roundtrip.

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.

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.

Cables assist hikers on the final 400 feet up Half Dome in Yosemite.

Permits Make Half Dome Trek Safer

New regulations aim to make Yosemite National Park’s famous hike up to Half Dome safer by using permits to limit the number of people allowed on the hike per day.