Featured: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is California’s most visited park for good reason. Huge landscapes, valleys, canyons, waterfalls and activities to suit every ability.

The truth that everybody should visit Yosemite National Park is marred by one point of fact - everybody visits Yosemite National Park. Meaning that this top-tier park is practically heaving with people year round. In summer months you’ll even find hour-long traffic jams in the middle of Yosemite Valley.

With a little planning you can avoid many of the crowds, either by timing your visit, taking a summer moonlit Half-Dome hike, or by checking out some great less-traveled hikes that we list in the Yosemite area outside of the valley.

Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley is where the crowds head, and sometime it’s worth embracing that fact with a friendly smile as you join like-minded hikers on some great trails:

Four Mile Trail – 4 star hike | 9 miles | Medium
Half Dome – 5 star hike | 16 miles | Hard
Inspiration Point – 4 star hike | 2.5 miles | Easy
Mist Trail to Vernal Falls – 5 star hike | 3.7 miles | Medium
Yosemite Falls (Lower) – 4 star hike | 1 mile | Easy
Yosemite Falls (Upper) – 4 star hike | 7 miles | Medium

Admiring the valley views atop Half Dome

Vernal Falls on the Mist Trail

Beyond The Valley:
Cathedral Lakes Trail – 4 star hike | 8 miles | Medium
Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve – 4 star hike | 1 mile | Easy
Mount Dana – 4 star hike | 5 miles | Hard

Wildflowers on the trail to summit Mount Dana

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