Here are some of my favorite books on Yosemite National Park that have a wealth of information for visiting, sightseeing, and hiking in the area:
|National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map
for Yosemite National Park. GET THIS MAP! It is a wonderful resource for orienting yourself in all of the different sections of Yosemite National Park, including the major roads, trails, and a detailed inset map specifically for Yosemite Valley. The UTM grid (NAD27 Zone 11S) is drawn into each of the maps.
|National Geographic Trails Illustrated Detailed Map Set
While the above single NatGeo map provides a good overview, Yosemite is so large in size that this set of more detailed maps is imperative if you are looking to do more in depth exploration. This set includes four separate maps: Yosemite SW (Yosemite Valley and Wawona 306), Yosemite NW (Hetch Hetchy Reservoir 307), Yosemite NE (Tuolumne Meadows and Hoover Wilderness 308), and Yosemite SE (Ansel Adams Wilderness 309).
|Compass American Guides: Yosemite and Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks
Sara Benson (2016), Fodor's. A great book on Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon that covers the history of the parks as well as a great overview to visiting and sightseeing the area. The photographs by Chris Falkenstein and Robert Holmes are phenominal.
|Top Trails: Yosemite: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone
Jeffrey P. Schaffer (2007), Wilderness Press. A great book that is all about hiking, write-ups on many trails and routes throughout the different sections of Yosemite are covered. Maps, mileage, and elevation profiles are included for each hike as well. If you are looking for one book to give you hiking ideas, this is the one to get!
|Best Easy Day Hikes Yosemite National Park
Suzanne Swedo (Fourth Edition, 2015), Falcon Guides. If you're looking just for the short and sweet hikes, this Falcon Guide has a good list of greatest hits in Yosemite that provide good views without too much srenuous work. A convenient map helps show where each hike is located throughout the park.