by Alex Gugel , all rights reserved
Valley hiking map
Map of hiking trails in the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park (NP) with trail descriptions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).
Yosemite National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Yosemite Valley Hiking Map k alve ( I.7 Do el mi in nt C km ) I i( m 2 Te na mi ( 2 .7 ) km .4 ble s) To Clouds Rest 4.2 mi 6.8 km I.2 m (summer only) rs e e s ( 1 . 9 km ) tr ai l o n ly il Mist Tra 2 I . 5 mi l e s ( 2 . 4 in t e r Clark Point C lo P an 4. Liberty Cap 7076 ft 2I57 m 5044 ft I538 m C lo se d i n w o r am ) km Mt. 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Road open ONLY to bicycles and cars with valid disability placards 17 15 [Formerly Curry Village] Cl Fo er 18 1. 2 ced 2 km Cathedral Rocks Leaning Tower nt 19 ) er m i ( 4. El Capitan Bridge I .2 m Inspiration Point 5450 ft I66I m wi Campground Reservation Offce I. 6 0k Staircase Falls 20 14 i( (I . I . 2 mi 4k 13 0. North Pines Lower Pines m M Bridalveil Fall Pohono Bridge [Formerly LeConte Memorial Lodge] Cre 4409 ft I343m il ya i 9m .0 2. 6 one-way m) el Tunnel View Yosemite Conservation Heritage Center 7038 ft 2145 m k Tunne l To Glacier Point and Wawona (7. Sentinel Rock ee Wawo na a Tr Royal Arches (4. 0 km ) 12 4 . 8 mi ) mi Washington Column ed le Cr To Big Oak Flat Road and Tuolumne Meadows Housekeeping Camp i (2 m I. 3 Ribbon To El Portal i I .8 m km 5 1 Yosemite Valley Lodge Sentinel Beach Horsetail Fall (spring only) N o r t hs id e D r i v e k (2 .9 on Cree km) 6 11 rce d [Formerly The Ahwahnee] 2. m) 2k ( 3. mi 2.0 0 . 2 mi ( Me 4094 ft I248 m The Majestic Yosemite Hotel 2. ) I. Mirror Lake m i ( 1 . 4 k m) Lower Brother 7525 ft 2294 m 3 km 0.9 Swinging Bridge 0.3 k ) 10 2 6 ) 7569 ft 2307 m (I. 4 m El Capitan mi 9 8 7 Middle Brother m 5 .9 ) I.0 North Dome Royal Arch Cascade Snow Creek Falls m Columbia Rock Camp 4 Ribbon Fall Medical Clinic Lower Yosemite Fall Trail 7779 ft 237I m m Eagle Peak ) ) Wilderness Center/ Bookstore/ Museum/ Theater km ) km k (5 .I 2. i( 2m 5 3. m) 0. 3 m i (0. 5 k Ribbon Meadow m Yosemite Valley Visitor Center Lower Yosemite Fall m i Yosemite Falls Trail ) .I Yosemite Point 6936 ft 2II4 m I Mile To Tamarack Flat Campground 3.5 mi 5.6 km m i k ) Upper Yosemite Fall 3. 2 To Tioga Road 5.0 mi 8.0 km (2 ee km I Kilometer Store To Tioga Road 3.6 mi 5.9 km .6 k I .0 Waterfall I.3 Cr te i( Some trail mileages are approximate. Hiking Trail i Yose m 0.6 m (paved) I ndi an C a ny North Campground Bicycle / Foot Path Creek m) 7k ( 4. Walk-in Campground (may be closed seasonally due to snow and ice) mi Shuttle Route / Stop 2.9 18 (year round) To Tioga Road 3.I mi 5.0 km w Cr eek Day Use Parking Sno Shuttle Route / Stop i (2 I.6 m To Tioga Road 6.9 mi II.I km 10 Crocker Point I.3 mi (2 . 9 k m P o h ono ) Dewey Point 7385 ft 2250 m Po Glacier Point Road (Closed in winter) For Glacier Point Area trails and information, please request a Glacier Point Area Hiking Map. To Taft Point 5.5 mi hon 8.9 km oT ra i l B r i dal v ei l To Glacier Pt. Road 1.7 mi 2.7 km Creek Mt. Starr King 9092 ft 277I m Hiking ValleyPark YosemiteNational Yosemite Map Easy (fat and short) Bridalveil Fall 0.5 miles/0.8 km round-trip; 20 minutes Begin at the Bridalveil Fall parking area A paved trail leads from the parking area to the base of the waterfall, which fows all year. Walk back to the parking area via the same trail. Expect lots of spray in spring and early summer. Trail is icy in winter. Lower Yosemite Fall 1.1 miles/1.7 km loop trail; 30 minutes Begin at the Lower Yosemite Fall Trailhead (shuttle stop #6) This short, easy walk rewards visitors with spectacular views of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. This waterfall may be dry in late summer and early fall. Expect lots of spray in spring and early summer. Cook’s Meadow Loop 1 mile/1.6 km; 30 minutes Begin at shuttle stop #6 This short walk offers stunning views of Half Dome, Glacier Point, and the Royal Arches. At shuttle bus stop #6, cross the street (watch for traffc!) and follow the bike path, bearing left as the path forks. At the Sentinel Bridge parking area, walk out onto the bridge to enjoy a classic view of Half Dome (photographed by Ansel Adams) before returning to the parking area. Follow the boardwalk back across the meadow, cross the street, and turn right to get to the Visitor Center (stop #5). Mirror Lake/Meadow (dry in summer and fall) 2 miles/3.2 km round-trip to lake; 1 hour 5 miles/8 km loop around the lake; 2 hours (Full loop is moderately diffcult; fat and long.) Begin at Mirror Lake Trailhead (shuttle stop #17). From the shuttle stop, a paved trail leads directly to Mirror Lake. Hikers may access a loop trail from the paved path. This loop follows Tenaya Creek beyond the lake, crosses two bridges beyond the Snow Creek intersection, and returns past Mirror Lake. When flled in winter and spring, the lake offers beautiful refections of surrounding cliffs. This is a great place to see wildlife. Exhibits detail the story of the area’s lake-to-meadow succession. Hiking Safety and Etiquette • Wading and/or swimming upstream from waterfalls is extremely dangerous. • • • • • • • • • Yosemite National Park National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior Each year, unsuspecting visitors drown or are swept over to their deaths. Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion–and is both dangerous and illegal. Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water before drinking. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and conditions. Bears and other wildlife can be present on trails at any time of the day or night. Feeding and approaching wildlife is dangerous and illegal! Keep food within arm’s reach. Rocks in and around waterways are often slippery. Use caution when crossing streams. Pets and bicycles are only permitted on paved bike paths. Horses and mules have the right of way on trails. Pack out what you pack in, including toilet paper. Trails are often rocky and steep. Travel carefully and at your own risk. Moderate (fat & long) Valley Loop Trail Full loop: 13 miles/20.9 km; 5 to 7 hours. Half loop: 6.5 miles/10.5 km; 2.5 to 3.5 hours Begin at the Lower Yosemite Fall Trailhead (shuttle stop #6) This trail follows many of the Valley’s frst east-west trails and wagon roads. The half-loop trail crosses the Valley on El Capitan Bridge. Continue on to Bridalveil Fall for the full loop. The Valley Loop Trail provides solitude with occasional route-fnding diffculty. Hike through meadows, forests, and along the Merced River. Along the way, enjoy striking views of Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Three Brothers, and Yosemite Falls. Bikes and pets not permitted on the Valley Loop Trail. Strenuous (steep and long) Strenuous trails may be considered moderate if a only a portion of the trail is hiked. Four Mile Trail 9.6 miles/15.5 km round-trip. 6 to 8 hours; 3,200 ft/975 m elevation gain Begin at the Four Mile Trailhead along Southside Drive in Yosemite Valley In summer months, take the El Capitan Shuttle to the trailhead. Trail can also be accessed from year-round shuttle stop #7, adding about ½ mile to the total distance. This trail begins near the base of Sentinel Rock and climbs to the top of Yosemite Valley at Glacier Point. To makes this a one-way trip, make a reservation (required) at any tour desk for a one-way ticket on the Glacier Point Tour ($), then hike down. Do not expect to return to Glacier Point or the Valley by bus without reservation. Panorama Trail 8.5 miles/13.7 km one-way to Valley foor (via Mist Trail); 6 hours for 3,200 ft/975 m descent Begin at the Panorama Trailhead, Glacier Point As its name implies, this trail offers some incredible panoramic views of Yosemite Valley. The trail crosses Illilouette Fall after 2 miles (3.2 km) and continues partially uphill along the Panorama Cliff. At the top of Nevada Fall, the trail joins the Mist and John Muir Trails to Happy Isles. You can make a reservation (required) at any tour desk for a one-way ticket on the Glacier Point Tour ($), then hike down. Upper Yosemite Fall 7.2 miles/11.6 km round-trip; 6 to 8 hours; 2,700 ft/823 m elevation gain Begin at the Upper Yosemite Fall Trailhead, Camp 4 (shuttle stop #7) One of Yosemite’s 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 foor. Do not stray off the marked path, as you will fnd steep drops adjacent to the trail. Enjoy spectacular views from Columbia Rock located one mile (and dozens of switchbacks) from the trailhead. Vernal & Nevada Falls Vernal Fall footbridge: 1.6 miles/2.6 km round-trip;1.5 hours with 400 ft./122 m elevation gain Vernal Fall: 2.4 miles/3.9km round-trip; 3 hours with 1,000 ft./366 m. elevation gain (via Mist Trail) Nevada Fall: 5.4 miles/8.7km round-trip; 5 to 6 hours with 2,000 ft./610 m. elevation gain (via Mist Trail) Begin at Happy Isles (shuttle stop #16) You can see Vernal Fall from the footbridge at 0.8 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. The top of Nevada Fall may be reached by continuing 1.3 miles (2.1 km) along the Mist Trail. Nevada Fall may also be reached via the John Muir Trail (bypassing Vernal Fall). Portions of the John Muir and Mist Trails are closed in winter due to hazardous conditions. Half Dome (Cables typically up from late May to early October) via Mist Trail 14 mi/22.5 km round-trip; via John Muir Trail 16.3 mi/26.3 km round-trip; via Mist and John Muir Trails 15.2 mi/24.4 km round-trip; 10 to 12 hours; 4,800 ft./1,463 m. elevation gain. Begin at Happy Isles (shuttle stop #16) DO NOT BEGIN THIS ASCENT IF: 1) the cables are down, 2) there is any chance of rain (moisture makes the granite too slick for safety), or 3) there is any chance of lightning. Follow the Mist Trail or John Muir Trail to Nevada Fall. Continue on the trail, following the signs to Half Dome. The last 900 feet (275 m) of trail is a very steep climb up the east side of Half Dome. Cables assist hikers on the fnal 400 feet (122 m). They consist of two steel cables, about 3 feet apart and suspended waist high from pipes set in the rock. The top of Half Dome is a fairly large and level open surface. Camping is not permitted on top of Half Dome. A permit is required to summit Half Dome 4/2018