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Yosemite National Park Hiking {Trails To Discover}

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Yosemite National Park Hiking
Post Last Modified – November 27, 2023 ¦
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One 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 National Park, located in the State of California. Below, my guest collaborating author, helps you find some excellent …

🥾 Yosemite National Park Hiking 🥾

trails for all levels of experience. Some great suggestions and trails to enjoy when visiting this beautiful National Park.

There’s Outstanding Hiking Trails 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 offers 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 & 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 typically 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. 

Be sure to call Redwoods for more detailed information.

Consider Taking 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 special hikes.

Many visitors come 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 as well.

Backpacking For Novice Hikers

Yosemite National Park Hiking

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Even if you are a novice at 🎒 backpacking, there are some great 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 types of adventures, all supplies including; backpacks, sleeping bags, and tents will be provided.

What a great way to learn and experience backpacking as a family!

Excellent 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 the many famous areas the Park has to offer, in just a short time.

Yosemite 101

Yosemite National Park Hiking

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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;
✔ 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 snow pack 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 the very famous; “🏔 El Capitan.”

Yosemite National Park Hiking

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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!



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I’ve also listed 🏞 The Official National Park Service link below to their official website for your convenience. I’ve directed the link to their page on; Yosemite.

It’s filled with excellent information on everything you need to know about this beautiful National Park in the United States. 🗺 Be sure to check out the {Google Map} box at the bottom of this post for the Parks exact location. 🗺

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Contributing Guest Author:

This guest post was featured by Redwoods in Yosemite, operating 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 and Healthy Travels!

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