If your ideal vacation involves strapping on your hiking boots at the crack of dawn and packing a backpack of essentials, Yosemite National Park may as well be on your list of dream vacation locales. With countless options for breathtaking hikes, Yosemite offers options for those seeking a tranquil stroll to those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime challenge. Here are just a few of the trails that may tempt you to book your next getaway to Yosemite.
- Half Dome
Yosemite’s most prestigious hike, the Half Dome hike covers a grueling 17 miles of terrain, and take hikers up over 4,800 feet of elevation. You’ll pass Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, eventually arriving at the granite face of Half Dome, where you’ll find cables and planks to assist you. This hike is not for the rookie hiker – each year, several hikers have to be rescued off of this route. You’ll need a permit to hike this desirable trail, so make sure to apply when booking your stay.
- Lower Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is perfect for the hiker with physical limitations or those who just fancy an easy, stunning stroll. This path is wheelchair-accessible, stroller-accessible, and open to leashed pets. Although this trek is physically easier than many in the park, you’ll still have a fantastic experience. This lower part of the tallest waterfall in North America offers incredible views, especially in summer.
- Mirror Lake Trail
A paved, scenic trail, Mirror Lake is also a great choice for the novice hiker. Best hiked in the spring for good water levels, hikers have the option to take a shorter or longer route, which takes them along Tenaya Creek. On a nice day, enjoy a dip in the lake during your hike.
- El Capitan
Experienced hikers should allow between 9 and 12 hours to hike El Capitan, an arduous hike with an elevation of over 5,000 feet. With uneven terrain and constant uphill slogs, El Capitan is not for beginners. Even incredibly fit, seasoned hikers will find this route challenging. The astonishing views on this trail aren’t reserved for the summit. You’ll be treated to views throughout your hike including North Dome and Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the panoramic view from Eagle Peak.
This hike is just as taxing on the way down as it is on the way up, so make sure you plan ahead.
- Panorama Trail
This hike begins with the Mist Trail and continues on past Vernal Falls. You’ll get to see Ilillouette Creek, the Panorama Cliffs, and Nevada Fall. Prepare to get wet under the falls, and don’t forget about the way back – this is a very steep downgrade that will require a lot of energy!
Whether you’ve hiked world-famous trails, or this will be your first expedition, hiking is meant for everyone to enjoy! Whichever trail you choose, enjoy the one-of-a-kind views Yosemite has to offer.
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