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March 9, 2011 at 03:01 PM

Terrific Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park

National Parks, Video, Yosemite

Below is embedded another terrific video from the Yosemite National Park YouTube channel.  You can visit the channel directly here

The Ranger in this video highlights three of the more popular "strenuous" day hikes in Yosemite Valley.  The quotes here are simply an attribution, and I would agree these are strenuous, but not nearly as strenuous as doing Half Dome.  I've done two of these three many times. They are: 

1. The Mist Trail: this hike is about 2/3 the way to the top of Half Dome and travels to Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. That its called the Mist Trail becomes obvious as you hike along a thundering waterfall and get soaked in the process.

Here we are hiking up the Mist Trail and getting soaked in the process (photo by Bryan Rogowski). 



2. The Panorama Trail: This hike I wasn't familiar with, but goes from Glacier Point to the valley floor and covers about 3,000 feet of descent along the way.  You can take the free park shuttle to Glacier Point, and later choose between the Mist Trail or the John Muir trail to reach the bottom.  

Even Suki enjoyed the view form the top of Glacier Point (I can only assume).



3. The Upper Yosemite Falls Trail. This is a terrific hike that follows the path of the Upper Yosemite Falls to the top of valley rim. At 2,425 feet, this is the tallest waterfall in North America. The last third of this hike is pretty brutal; very steep and in direct sun, but the view from the top, of both the falls and the valley, make it very worth while.  

A much younger me on the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail in 2003.



If you're planning on coming to Yosemite this July, these are some great options for a rigorous day out.  They're challenging, but very doable and each affords incredible views of the park.  I would allot 5-6 hours for each of these hikes, and always bring more than enough water.  If you're feeling super hardcore, join Team Half Dome for this year's ascent to the top!

My last Half Dome ascent in 1999



Watch the video below, and if you're interested in joining us this year, mark July 8-10 on your calendar! 




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