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El Captain from 4 Mile Trail

Trail Guide: Hiking Yosemite’s 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point (3,250′ / 9.6 miles / 5-8 hours)

Trail Guides

I’ll admit it, the idea of hiking up a trail you can drive to the top of at times is a little strange but beyond the solid workout and sense of accomplishment, there’s something to be said for taking the scenic route– that something of course being the scenery. Yosemite Valley is home to many incredible hikes: There’s the Mist Trail, Half Dome Hike, The Upper Falls and on and on but don’t underestimate 4 mile. In winter (also early…

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Vernal Falls Rainbow

Spring is the time for waterfalls! Photos from hiking the Mist Trail and Upper Yosemite Falls

Outdoor Adventures

Yosemite has something to offer in every season but when it comes to its waterfalls, nothing compares to Spring. This year, winter rolled in late and while the overall snow-pack in the high country is sadly well under average (67% as of 4/1/2018), the final storms have made for plenty of snow to melt on down and fill the rivers below. They even had to close the Valley for a few days as it flooded over. With less snow up…

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View from 4 Mile trail in Winter

Nothing Routine About It: A Winter Visit to Yosemite’s 4 Mile Trail

Trail Guides

Yosemite is magical any time of year but if you’re lucky enough to make a visit when winter hits the park, you’ll find that the magic rises to a whole other level. Of course, the stunning effects of winter bring a few new challenges to any visit, especially on the trails… and certainly those that climb out of the valley floor like 4-mile! I’ve hiked 4-mile trail to Glacier Point a couple times and while it’s a solid climb in…

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Half Dome from Yosemite Point

Trail Guide: Hiking to Yosemite Point (8.4 miles / 4,200′ / 6-8+ hours)

Trail Guides

Hike details last updated June 2017.  If you’re searching for an incredible view of the Yosemite Valley, its peaks and especially Half Dome and are also willing to put some work in for it, I can’t recommend Yosemite Point enough. Climbing over 4,200′ (2,969′ elevation change + ups and downs) in 8.4 miles, the trail to the Point is a nearly direct path out of the heart of the valley. Along the way you’ll pass Yosemite Falls and enter into the high…

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Yosemite Falls View from the Top

Trail Guide: Hiking to Upper Yosemite Falls (7.2 miles / 3,700′ / 6+ hours)

Trail Guides

Hike details last updated May 2017.  Yosemite! The mere mention of the park should conjure up images of epic vistas, Half Dome, El Captain and of course, Yosemite Falls. Dropping down 2,425 (per Wikipedia), there are three sections to Yosemite Falls combining to make it one of the tallest in the world and arguably the winner for all of North America. While it seems like most of the park’s 5 million annual visitors all make the short walk to the…

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Half Dome Cables at Sunrise

[Trail Guide] Yosemite Half Dome Cable Hike (14-16.5 miles, 4,800′, 10-14 hours) (2018)

Adventures Trail Guides

Trail details last updated 6/11/2018. At 8,842′, Half Dome is hardly the tallest peak in Yosemite National Park. Heck, if you drive in through Tioga Pass you’ll be near 10,000′ just passing by the ranger station (it’s well worth exploring the northern part of the park FYI. But what Half Dome lacks in prominence superiority it more than makes up for in visual dominance, iconic status and potentially fear factor. It is one of those wonders you can’t just see once so no surprise that hiking…

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Yosemite's Half Dome in the Snow

A Guide to All things Yosemite – In Winter

Places to Visit

Yosemite is without a doubt my favorite place in the world. Where else can you climb granite peaks, raft down a roaring river, catch some sun in a meadow surrounded by 300 year-old trees, explore American history and roast s’mores all in the same weekend? But, I’ve always gone in the summer (or fall) and apparently that’s pretty common because aside from a fancy dinner at the Ahwahnee or a ski trip, the place is about empty. That’s a shame…

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