|Day Hikes In Yosemite
There are several day
hikes that are worth doing.
http://www.yosemitetrailsdvd.com/ Great DVD on backpacking and hiking
trails all over the park!
http://www.hikehalfdome.com/ Great book on hiking Half Dome from a guy
who's done it 20 times!
Best Time To Visit Yosemite
Thinking of climbing Half Dome?
Read this article appearing in
Saturday's (7/7/07) San Francisco Chronicle:
Half Dome cables are up
cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open
for the season on Friday, May 24, 2013, weather permitting. The cables
provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite’s most
Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend
the Half Dome cables seven days per week. The majority of the permits
were distributed through a lottery system that ended in March.
However, approximately 50 permits per day are available through a two
day in advance lottery. Visitors without a Half Dome permit wishing to
hike the cables may enter the lottery two days in advance of their
planned day hike by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling
1-877-444-6777. For more information regarding the lottery and the
Half Dome cables, please visit
The trail to Half
Dome from Yosemite Valley is an extremely strenuous hike covering over
17 miles. Hikers gain 4,800 feet of elevation along the trail that
passes highlights such as Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, before reaching
the cables on Half Dome’s steep granite shoulder. Metal cables and
wooden planks are placed along the steep shoulder of the dome to assist
hikers to the summit.
Visitors are advised to take appropriate
precautions when planning a hike of this length and difficulty, and to
be prepared for changing weather and trail conditions. Thunder and
lightning are common occurrences in the High Sierra during the summer
and fall seasons. Hikers should not attempt to summit Half Dome when
rain or thunderstorms are forecasted and are advised to use extreme
caution when the rocks are wet.
|#1 Taft Point and Sentinel
(1 to 2 miles total)
Here for details on a very easy, short hike in the Glacier Point
area. The scenery is awesome, but be VERY careful with small
children in those areas where the cliffs are accessible.
I consider this the number one day-hike
in Yosemite due to the easy walk and mind-bending vistas you will witness
especially at sunrise or sunset. Great, great reward for very little
For a speechless view of
the stars, try Sentinel Dome at night. It's the best 360 unobstructed
view of the heavens I've ever seen, especially during the Persied meteor
showers in August (8/11 is the peak viewing time.)
|#2 Half Dome (Vernal Falls;
1.5 miles and Nevada Falls; 2.5 miles) Go Here
People insist on calling this a
day-hike, but I disagree. It is very long, (8 miles one way to the
top of Half Dome) very steep and uphill every step of the way. But,
for those who insist on doing it, here's what you can expect. Half
Dome has a permit system; all permits for 2011 have been taken!!
For truly religion-changing vistas atop
Half Dome, and for the incredibly demanding and unique physical challenge
it entails, I rank this one #2. It stops short of being #1 due to
this trail's extreme physical demands. I've never spoken with anyone
who completed the hike in one day that wasn't totally 100% exhausted when
they got back, and vowed never again, and generally regretted going.
It kicked my a** just going from Little Yosemite Valley.
|#3 Vernal Falls
Very popular trail; and for good
reason. It's short, you get within arms length of a gorgeous
waterfall, and you get a good cool-down on a hot day! Ridiculously
crowded, but worth it.
|#4 Yosemite Falls Trail
This trail comes in two distinct
sections. You can go all the way to the top; and yes, the view is
fine, but not worth the effort to get all the way. It's worth it to
go to the base of Upper Yosemite Falls, but no further in my opinion.
Due to the ridiculously steep and rocky
trail (this upper part of the trail needs work) in the upper section, and
the views that are good, but not as good as on the Taft Point trail or
from Glacier Point, which you can drive to, this trail rates a 4.
||I do not have a page for
this hike as I did not take any pictures when I did it... click on the
thumbnail version on your left for a full-sized view.
Panorama Trail Go Here
This is a spectacular trail whose name says it
all. Starting (or ending, depending on how you want to do it,) at
Glacier Point, and ending at Happy Isle, nearly every step of the way you
get a great vista of the valley.
the views are great, but it's a long trail, and one you should begin as
early as possible. Not because it is difficult, but because you will pause
and take in the views frequently.
|Honorable Mention; The
Four Mile Trail
Originally built in 1872 in only 4
months, it was originally 4 miles long, but after the realignment was
lengthened to 4.6 miles but retained it's original name.
Views of the valley and Yosemite Falls are
spectacular, but it's NOT for those with a fear of heights. There are
stretches where total concentration is required. I do not have a fear
of heights, but even I was very careful in these parts.