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Hiking and Climbing in Yosemite

Yosemite Day Hikes

Day hiking is one of the most popular activities in Yosemite National Park. For the casual visitor, Yosemite Valley offers a variety of trails ranging from easy to strenuous. For example you can go hiking from the Lower Yosemite Falls bus stop to the bottom of Lower Yosemite Falls on a 0.5 mi. paved trail. Or perhaps you would like to take in more of the Valley itself. For you the 6.5 mi. Valley Loop trail would be a good choice. For those in good shape, the very strenuous Half Dome Hike is a wonderful choice. Hiking to Half Dome includes a climb up the back face of this enormous granite rock using cables that are in place from May to October. These are just a small sampling of the hiking opportunities available in Yosemite Valley. Many more hiking trails are available in Tuolumne Meadows, from Glacier Point Road, in Wawona and Mariposa Grove, Hetch Hetchy and Crane Flat.

Rock climbing in Yosemite is definitely not for beginners. The rocks in Yosemite are glacier polished granite with smooth cracks and sleek slabs so you must know proper climbing techniques. The best times of the year for climbing in the Yosemite Valley are mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to mid-November.

It doesn’t matter if you like a leisurely stroll across a meadow, a heart pumping trek up the Four Mile Trail or the endurance challenge of climbing the face of El Capitan, there is something for everyone in Yosemite.

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