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Lower Yosemite Fall
Caterorized by the National Park Service as: easy
Length: 1 mile/1.6 km loop; 30 minutes - half of loop wheelchair accessible. Leashed pets allowed.
Begin at the Lower Yosemite Fall Trailhead (shuttle stop #6).
This short, easy walk rewards with spectacular views of Upper and Lower Yosemite Fall. This waterfall is often dry from late July or August through October. However, expect spray in spring and early summer.

Cook's Meadow Loop
Caterorized by the National Park Service as: easy
1 mile/1.6 km loop; 30 minutes [wheelchair accessible] [leashed pets allowed]
Begin at Valley Visitor Center (shuttle stop #5 or #9)
This short, easy walk offers stunning views of Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Royal Arches. From the visitor center, walk west along the bike path toward Lower Yosemite Fall. At shuttle stop #6, cross the street and follow the bike path, bearing left as the path forks. At Sentinel Bridge parking area, walk out onto the bridge to enjoy a class view of Half Dome before returning to the parking area. Follow the boardwalk back across the meadow, cross the two streets, and turn right to return to the visitor center.

Mirror Lake/Meadow
Caterorized by the National Park Service as: easy
2 miles/3.2 km round-trip; 1 hour [wheelchair accessible] [leashed pets allowed]
5 miles/8 km loop around the lake; 2 hours [pets not allowed on full loop]
Begin at Mirror Lake Trailhead (shuttle stop #17)
From the shuttle stop, a paved trail leads directly to Mirror Lake. At the stone bridge, you can turn right to take the five-mile loop or remain on the paved trail to continue to Mirror Lake. Mirror Lake has little water much of the year, but in spring and early summer it can grow in size. When water is calm, the lake offers beautiful reflections of surrounding cliffs. Exhibits detail the story of the area's lake-to-meadow succession. This can be a good place to spot wildlife.

Valley Floor Loop
Caterorized by the National Park Service as: moderate
Full loop: 13 miles/20.9 km loop; 5 to 7 hours
Half loop: 6.5 miles/10.5 km; 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Begin at Camp 4 (shuttle stop #7)
This trail follows many of the Valley's first east-west trails and wagon raods. The half-loop trail crosses the Merced River on El Capitan Bridge. Continue on to Bridalveil Fall for the full loop. The Valley Floor Loop provides solitude with occasoinal route-finding difficulty. Hike through meadows, forests, and along the Merced River. Along the way, enjoy views of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, El Capitan, Three Brothers, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Falls.

Upper Yosemite Fall
Caterorized by the National Park Service as: strenuous
7.2 miles/11.6 km round-trip; 6 to 8 hours; 2,700 feet/823 m elevation gain
Begin at the Yosemite Falls Trailhead, Camp 4 (shuttle stop #7)
One of Yosemite oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall 2,425 feet (739 m) above the Valley floor. Do not stray off the marked path, as you will find steep drops adjacent to the trail. Enjoy spectacular views from Columbia Rock located one mile (and dozens of switchbacks) from the trailhead.

Vernal Fall
Caterorized by the National Park Service as: moderate to strenuous
Vernal Fall footbridge: 1.6 miles/2.6 km round-trip; 1.5 hours with 400 feet/122 m elevation gain
Vernal Fall: 3 miles/4.8 km round-trip; 3 hours with 1,000 feet/366 m elevation gain (via Mist Trail)
Begin at Happy Isles (shuttle stop #16)
You'll find an excellent view of Vernal Fall from the footbridge at 0.75 miles (1.3 km). Beyond the bridge, at 0.2 miles, the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail diverge. To proceed directly to the top of Vernal Fall, follow the Mist Trail 0.5 mile (0.8 km) up a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. Prepare for slippery footing and a tremendous amount of waterfall spray in spring and early summer. This portion of trail is closed in winter due to risk of falling ice and rock.

More of the many hikes in the Yosemite Valley can be found on the National Park Service Website, see our Data & Facts page for the weblink to Yosemite National Park.

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Upper Yosemite Fall as seen from the Yosemite Falls Trail (about halfway up the trail)
Upper Yosemite Fall as seen from the Yosemite Falls Trail (about halfway up the trail)

Mount Watkins reflected in Mirror Lake
Mount Watkins reflected in Mirror Lake

   
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