Yosemite National Park has many hiking trails for one to explore and conquer. This well groomed hiking trail will take you to the top of Yosemite Falls and it makes for a great day hike. Yosemite Falls is a waterfall that is one of the tallest in the world. It is a moderate to strenuous hike that will take about 3-4 hours to make it to the top.
The trail head begins near Yosemite Loge and the 7.2 mile (round trip) trail is full of switchbacks that puts the trail in shade and sunny areas. There are several lookout points along the way that will give you memorable views of Yosemite Valley and many of its known landmarks. It is 3.6 miles of hiking trail that is pretty vertical, but worth the effort. Even a child, who is in good health and shape, will enjoy hiking this trail.
Once you make it to the top, you can stand at a guard rail that is right at the very edge of the water spilling over the granite cliff. You can look down the 2,700 foot sheer drop and feel the mist of the water that is pouring over. You can sit for hours at the lake that holds the snow melted water at the top.
In the spring or summer months you may be lucky enough to look across the top of Yosemite Falls and see professional rock climbers repelling or climbing the famous Lost Arrow Spire.
Yosemite gets about 4 million visitors a year. However, 90% of visitors never even attempt to hike one of its 800 miles of hiking trails. Meaning that you can avoid the crowds just by taking a hike! Besides, the views from above are more spectacular that the views from the valley floor 🙂
Kathy Medina is the creator of See Yosemite and long-time passionate visitor to Yosemite National Park. She loves to share her intimate knowledge of the area. Visit her site for more tips on Yosemite National Park and read about the many trails there are to hike in Yosemite.