Located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in eastern central California, Yosemite National Park is one of the most visited parks in the national park system. Famous for its towering glacier-sculpted granite formations like the iconic Half Dome and El Capitan, majestic seasonal waterfalls, and beautiful high-altitude forests and meadows, Yosemite inspires hikers, climbers, photographers, and casual tourists alike.
While most tourists flock to the crowded Yosemite Valley and get caught in city-like gridlock conditions, Yosemite National Park is almost 1200 square miles in size and is also surrounded by designated wilderness areas and national forests. Despite Yosemite's epic popularity, it actually is still possible to hit the trail and enjoy some wilderness scenery if you're willing to work hard enough...
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This site is stocked with several route descriptions for hikes around Yosemite National Park, ranging from the easiest family-friendly trails and viewpoints to some more difficult and strenuous routes. Each description includes information on logistics, navigation, and includes maps and a lot of photographs.
This site is mostly concerned with routes that average hikers can enjoy, but some outdoor experience and common sense are assumed. If there are significant obstacles or possible dangers in any particular route, I try to describe them as vividly as possible so you can determine if a hike is appropriate for you or not. But remember: safety is your responsibility in the outdoors. Be as prepared as possible and do not push yourself beyond your limit.