Moderate To Difficult Yosemite Hiking Trails

There are oodles of Yosemite hiking trails. So which one do you pick to walk? Well, my years of coming and hiking in Yosemite has led me to share with you the best day hikes in Yosemite that I know about. Each of these trails will take you on a moderate to difficult hike in Yosemite National Park. I will tell you that these hikes are physically demanding, but very fun. Each one will give you stunning views as you hike.

You will make tons of memories and be very rewarded if you decide to hit any of these trails :)


Yosemite Falls Trail

This hike will take you to the very tip of Yosemite Falls. I have found this to be an incredible experience to watch the water flow off of the top of the falls to the rocks below. This is a strenuous hike that will take you up 2,700 feet. It is 3.6 miles, straight up! There are railings at the top to keep you from falling over the edge. Allow yourself 6 to 8 hours to complete the hike. If you are in great shape and want more, then keep walking to Eagle Peak.

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Panorama Trail

The Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park walks you over three waterfalls in Yosemite. This particular Yosemite hiking trail gives you several nice views of Yosemite Valley. It can be done in one long day of hiking. A California hiking trail not to be missed! This hike is a favorite with my family. Kids and adults like the shaded trail and views. Of all the hikes in Yosemite, this Yosemite hiking trail is my absolute favorite.



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Eagle Peak

Hiking to Eagle Peak will give you great views of Yosemite Valley, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and on a clear day you can see the California Coast! It is the highest rock that you can climb to of the Three Brothers formation.

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Yosemite Point Lost Arrow Spire

First you hike to Yosemite Falls and then you just go one more mile to a place called Yosemite Point. Yosemite Point is a perfect viewing spot of the Lost Arrow Spire. This free standing piece of granite is loved by the pro rock climbers. Sit in the shade and watch them climb or tight rope across the deep gorge.

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Vernal Falls And Nevada Falls

Happy Isles is one trail that leads you to two waterfalls. This is the most hiked trail in Yosemite National Park. Vernal Falls comes into view once you get to the foot bridge after only 1.5 miles of hiking. Continue hiking to get to the top. Go beyond that to see Nevada Falls which is a few more miles above Vernal Falls.

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Half Dome

One of the most popular Yosemite hiking trails. This 10 hour hike is 17 miles round trip. You will have a 4,900 feet of elevation gain on this hike. You must get a permit to climb the cables. The permits makes sure that not more than 400 people a day climb Half Dome. The last 200 feet will be climbing up steel cables. This is a great Yosemite hike for those who are in shape.

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North Dome

This hike is said to give you the very best view of Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon. There are three different Yosemite trails to get to the North Dome. Each one will give you good views of not only Yosemite Valley but of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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Tenaya Zigzags And Snow Creek Trail

I find this is a fun hike and it's a bonus that trail is not crowded. You'll get some nice views of Clouds Rest and Quarter Dome. There are 108 switchbacks on your way to North Dome. Just over 12 miles, you begin this hike just on the other side of Mirror Lake.

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Glacier Point


Ok, I will start off not knowing why anyone wants to hike this trail when you can drive to Glacier Point! But yes, you can hike up to Glacier Point. It is a 5 mile hike, each way. You will climb 3,200 feet in elevation. This trail begins just below Sentinel Rock on Southside Drive one mile from Yosemite Village. Give yourself 8 hours to complete this hike (but only a couple of hours if you drive your car!)

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Indian Ridge Rock

Indian Ridge Rock is the only natural rock arch in all of Yosemite National Park. If your hiking to North Dome or Clouds Rest, this is just a detour from those trails to get to.

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Yosemite Hiking Trail To Dewey Point

To get to Dewey Point, you will walk through a couple of meadows. The views off of the point are excellent for see El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall. This is a Yosemite hiking trail that is typically not crowded and worth hiking.

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Tuolumne Meadows Above The Valley

Above Yosemite's Valley is the Yosemite High Country. Tuolumne Meadows has lots of hiking trails, horseback riding, lakes filled with fish and rock domes for rock climbing. Here are some of the best California hiking trails. There are several tough hikes to choose from here.

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John Muir's 212 Mile Trail

This is a 212 mile trek that has you walking through three National Parks. The hike begins in Yosemite Valley and ends at the highest point in the United States, Mount Whitney. The trail leads you from the low elevation of 4,000 feet to the top of Mount Whitney at 14,496 feet. You will go over six passes that are over 11,000 feet each. My personal opinion is this is the ultimate Yosemite hiking experience!

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High Sierra Camps

This is a unique Yosemite hiking trail that is a 51.2 mile loop. Most people take about a week to complete the loop. Walk 6-10 miles each day. Stay the night at a camp that provides all your food and lodging and sends you off after breakfast will a sack lunch for you to eat on the trail. This loop can also be done on horseback or mules.

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Happy Isles To Merced Lake

This is a 28.4 mile round trip hike. A Yosemite hiking trail that takes two to three days to complete. You're going find yourself hiking up two waterfalls, through deep forested areas and breakout up on top of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. Fish for your dinner and get away from the crowds in the valley.


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Clouds Rest

This is a 14 mile round trip hike from Tenaya Lake. Clouds Rest is taller than Half Dome. It has less park visitors hiking to it than Half Dome and the views are nothing short of spectacular! This makes a great one or two day hike.

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Four Mile Hike

The four mile hike (it is really 4.8 miles each way!) is a strenuous hike that will take you from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point. This hike has a 2,200 elevation gain with plenty of switchbacks.

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