Discover Yosemite National Park Hiking

Yosemite National Park Hiking

Write for Gr8 Travel TipsOne of the great things our family has enjoyed over the years is exploring and camping in some of North America’s beautiful Provincial, State and National Parks.There are some outstanding parks just waiting for you and your family to experience.

One of these is Yosemite located in the State of California. Below you will find some excellent family hiking ideas for all levels of experience for you to take part in during your stay. A great way to enjoy and experience the great outdoors!


There’s Great Hiking in Yosemite National Park

Hiking Yosemite National Park

Hiking Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a premier destination for many travelers and vacationers. It boasts some of the world’s most iconic landmarks and sights. It also boasts more than 800 miles of trails. A great way to truly enjoy the Park’s trails and hiking destinations is to go on guided hikes.

The whole family will be able to enjoy the Park’s beauty.

Yosemite National Park Hiking and Exploring the Spectacular Scenery

Companies such as Redwoods in Yosemite offer guided tours that can be enjoyed by the whole family. These guided hikes will let you explore and see the sights, while learning about area history, wildlife habitats, riparian meadows and much more.

Yosemite National Park Hiking

Guide tours from Redwoods are easy to moderate in difficulty, with moderate elevation gains. These hikes can be easy done by anyone in good physical shape. The hikes last between two and four hours, and include:

The Wawona Meadow Loop hike that covers 3-1/2 miles in about 2-1/2 hours. The hike starts at the trailhead, just next to the Wawona Hotel.

Wawona Historic Swing Bridge

Family Friendly Hikes in Yosemite National Park


The Wawona Historic Swing Bridge hike is a moderate two-mile adventure, lasting about two hours.

Hikers meet at the Redwoods in Yosemite registration meeting and events center. You and your family can even combine both hikes for a day’s adventure.  Call Redwoods for more information.

Ranger-Guided Hikes

Ranger Guide Hike Yosemite

What better way to learn about the National Park than from Park Rangers? Multi-day hikes are offered to let you explore such areas as …

  • May Lake
  • Vogelsang, Sunrise
  • Merced Lake

All of your meals and lodging, as well as friendly guide services are included in these hikes.

Many visitors want to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome. It has become such a popular hike that the Park Services instigated a permit system for this trip. These permits are available through the Park Service. Many area guide services will provide assistance in obtaining a permit.

Backpacking for Novices

Even if you are a novice at backpacking, there are trips designed just for you. Enjoy a two-day guided adventure that will introduce you to the ins and outs of backpacking through the wilderness. When you go on one of these adventures, all supplies included backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents will be provided. What a great way to learn backpacking as a family!

One-Day Hikes

Yosemite National Park Hiking

Perhaps you only have a short time to spend in Yosemite — maybe even only a single day. There are many short day hikes that you can go on that can give you the opportunity to explore many famous areas in just a short time.

Yosemite 101

The Yosemite 101 hike will take you to Yosemite’s most famous sights. This hike will take a full day and you will have to do some driving. You will get to see such iconic landmarks such as …

  • Tunnel View
  • Bridalveil Falls
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Mariposa Grove
  • and Glacier Point

You can mix up the order of these hikes, but many people enjoy making Glacier Point the last stop to sit and watch the sun set over the peaks.

World of Waterfalls

This trip will take you to the four most famous waterfalls of Yosemite. If you can go on this trip during the spring or early summer while the snowpack is still melting, you will see waterfalls at their peak.  You will visit The Tunnel View that will let you see your first glimpse of Bridalveil Falls.

Waterfalls of Yosemite

Yosemite National Park Waterfalls

This is followed by actually getting to see Bridalveil falls after a short walk. The Swinging Bridge and Lower Yosemite Falls are the next two spectacular falls on the itinerary. The trip is completed at the Mist Trail where you will see Vernal Fall Bridge and Emerald Pool.

Glacier Point Trio

Glacier Point Yosemite National Park

On this tour, you will be gazing down from high atop many landmark glaciers where you will get to view the expansive areas of the Park. While you can complete the tour in an afternoon, it will be more fun for the family when you pack a lunch and take your time enjoying the sights.

On this tour you will stop first at Taft Point and the Fissures where you will find yourself at an overlook with a sheer drop off. You will also be looking down on El Capitan.

The next stop will be Sentinel Dome where you will have 360-degree views that go on for miles. The final stop on this hiking adventure is Glacier Point. This is a wonderful place to experience the sunset. While the views are actually to the east, you will see Half Dome, Clouds Rest and the Eastern Peaks turn colors with the setting sun.

Yosemite National Park Vintage Sign

Whether you want to take just a simple day hike or go on a multi-day adventure, you are sure to find the perfect hike for the entire family. Just do not forget to bring along those cameras to record those fantastic sights!  Redwoods in Yosemite operates over 130 vacation home rentals located inside of Yosemite National Park in the town of Wawona. Choose an intimate log cabin for your romantic get-a-way or bring the entire family to stay in one of our spacious vacation homes.

The Redwoods in Yosemite is the perfect choice for a family vacation, reunion, wedding or business retreat.

Safe travels!

Have you done any hiking in Yosemite? If so, where was your favorite destination? Do you plan of visiting Yosemite National Park?

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Did You Know …

“A presidential camping trip led to Yosemite National Park’s expansion.”