Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Trails in Yosemite

Lyell Canyon via the John Muir Trail

To access Lyell Canyon via the John Muir Trail, begin across the road from the Dog Lake parking area (Tuolumne Meadows Shuttle Stop #2) This nearly flat trail wanders through Lyell Canyon, mostly alongside the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne river. It is a route well traveled by those ...

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May Lake Trail

The trail to May Lake is an easy, short ascent. It is suitable for children and overnight stays. The hike begins at the May Lake Trailhead at the end of May Lake Road or Old Tioga Road. From the parking area hike north through the forest and past a ...

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McGurk Meadow, Bridalveil Creek, and Dewey Point

To see McGurk Meadow and Bidalveil Creek, begin at McGurk Meadow trailhead (0.2 miles west of Bridalveil Creek Campground turnoff) The trail leads downhill 0.8 miles to McGurk Meadow and the site of an old cabin that belonged to John McGurk. One mile beyond the cabin are trails west ...

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Merced Lake Trail

The trail leading to Merced Lake begins at the Happy Isles Trailhead in the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. Backpackers can parking in the backpackers parking area immediately east of Curry Village Day-Use Parking Area. This trek can be completed in two nights and three days, but more time ...

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Mirror Lake Interpretive Trail

The trail that leads to Mirror Lake begins from Mirror Lake Junction, shuttle stop 17, in Yosemite Village. It is a paved, half mile walk to the lower pool of the lake. A small, man-made rock dam separates this smaller pool from the larger pool of Mirror Lake. This ...

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Mirror Lake/Meadow

To get to Mirror Lake and meadown, 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 ...

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Mist (to Vernal Falls) Trail

This trail begins from the Happy Isles area of the Yosemite Valley. In winter, when the shuttle bus isn't working, hikers can begin from the Curry Village Day-Use Parking Area and walk eastward to Happy Isles. This will add two miles to your trip. From Happy Isles the trail ...

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Miwok in Yosemite Trail

The Miwok in Yosemite is a short loop trail that winds through the Indian Village of Ahwahnee, a reconstructed Miwok-Paiute village. A booklet is available at the trailhead and in the Visitor Center. Large-print materials are available in the Visitor Center for the visually impaired. The trail begins behind ...

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Mono Meadow to view of Mount Starr King

To view Mount Starr King from Mono Meadow, begin at Mono Meadow parking area (2.5 miles each of Bridalveil Creek Campground turnoff). The trail descends steeply to Mono Meadow--an area that is very wet throughout the summer. Expect log crossings over creeks and lots of mud. Follow the trail ...

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Mono Meadow Trail

This trail begins from the Mono Meadow Trailhead on a spur road south of Glacier Point Road. The trail leads into the Illilouette Creek drainage. There are several campsites along the route and options for longer backcountry treks or loop hikes through the area. Begin your hike by walking ...

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Mono Pass

To get to mono pass, begin at Mono Pass trailhead, on the Tioga Road six miles east of Tuolumne Meadows This historic trans-sierra route has been used for hundreds--maybe even thousands--of years. The trail climbs gently at first from the trailhead through wet meadows and rushing creeks. At the ...

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Mono Pass Trail

The Mono Pass Trail begins in Dana Meadows along Tioga Road. The trailhead consists of a parking area on the south side of the road approximately a mile and a half west from Tioga Pass. The trail follows a path established by Native Americans, that was later used for ...

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Nevada Falls Loop

The Nevada Falls Loop begins from the Happy Isles area of the Yosemite Valley. In winter, when the shuttle bus isn't working, hikers can begin from the Curry Village Day-Use Parking Area and walk eastward to Happy Isles. This will add two miles to your trip. Nevada Falls can be ...

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North Dome (via Yosemite Falls) Trail

The North Dome (via Yosemite Falls) trail leads along the northern rim of Yosemite Valley. It begins from the Sunnyside Campground or the Yosemite Lodge parking area and ends at the Mirror Lake Trailhead. It is a steep route climbing and descending the valley walls. The very ambitious can ...

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Ostrander Lake

To access Ostrander Lake, begin at Ostrander Lake trailhead (1.3 miles east of Bridalveil Creek Campground turnoff) The first half of this trail inclines gently through forest and meadow. Observe severe scars and regrowth from a 1987 lodgepole pine forest fire. A steep 1,500 foot (450 m) elevation gain ...

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