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TOP 5 BEGINNER HIKES IN YOSEMITE

You can’t go to Yosemite without doing one hike. Even if you aren’t a hiker, there is something for everyone. Here are some great hikes for beginners.

  1. Taft Point 

    Made famous from Instagram sunset shots, Taft Point gives you the opportunity to stand on the edge of the great cliffs of Yosemite. Beautiful any time of day, but as the Instagram Gods know, magical at sunset.

  • Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation: 200 feet
  • Time: 1 – 2 hours
  • Trailhead: 13 miles up Glacier Point Road
  1. Bottom of Vernal Falls 

    Perhaps the most scenic and the most crowded on this list. You will take the famous Mist Trail, stopping before the elevation gets too difficult. You can choose to go to the footbridge, the natural turn around point, or continue a little further to some unobstructed views of Vernal Falls.

  • Distance: 2 miles round trip to the footbridge, 3 miles round trip to viewpoint
  • Elevation: 300 feet
  • Time: 1 – 2 hours
  • Trailhead: Happy Isles
  1. Mirror Lake 

    More of a walk than a hike, Mirror Lake is probably the easiest on the list. The trail will take you around Yosemite Valley and get you up close and personal with Half Dome from the bottom up.

  • Distance: 2.4 miles round trip
  • Elevation: 100 feet
  • Time: 1 – 3 hours
  • Trailhead: East end of Yosemite Valley
  1. Sentinel Dome 

    Sentinel Dome will give you 360 views of the valley below complete with views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, El Cap, and Nevada Falls. This is a great sunset alternative to Glacier Point.

  • Distance: 2.2 miles round trip
  • Elevation: 400 feet
  • Time: 1 – 2 hours
  • Trailhead: 13 miles up Glacier Point Road
  1. Columbia Rock 

    This is the most difficult hike on the list, so only go for it if you are feeling able. While it is around the same mileage as the others, it is quite a bit steeper, but also more rewarding. Columbia Rock is just off the trail to Upper Yosemite Falls. The rock itself offers beautiful views of the valley and Half Dome, and just a little past it, still on the Yosemite Falls trail, you will get a fantastic view of the massive waterfall that can only be seen from this hike.

  • Distance: 2 miles round trip
  • Elevation: 1,000 FT
  • Time: 2- 3 hours
  • Trailhead: Camp 4 Area

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