Yosemite Hiking trail tips. Three easy trails for a day hike.

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Yosemite Hiking trail tips. Three easy trails for a day hike.

To enjoy the beauty of Yosemite, you don’t need to be climbing the Half Dome cable or backpacking in the high country. There are very easy hikes right in the valley that will provide you with scenery to delight your eyes.

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And always when you go for any kind of hike in Yosemite be sure you have plenty of water, and  that you are wearing comfortable shoes.

"In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."  John Muir

Click here for a map of Yosemite Valley hiking trails http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/valleyhikes.pdf

1.  Yosemite easy hike:  Bridalveil Falls

This hike is very easy and short as it is only about ½ mile from the parking area. But just because it is a short hike it does not mean it lacks any beauty. The primary source of water for the falls is Ostrander Lake which is over 9 miles away. Bridalveil is 617 feet, and the water flows all year round.

From warm to cold and misty!

As you start out it may be sunny and warm by your car, but as you make your way up to the falls you will begin to feel a mist of water. The closer you get the thicker the mist becomes and you will get wet…sometimes very wet. It really is one of the most beautiful hikes in the Valley. If you have small children be sure to watch for slippery rocks and it is a good idea to wear a hat.

2. Yosemite easy hike: Mirror Lake

The destination of this hike is Mirror Lake. The name describes just what it is. The beauty of the reflection of its granite surroundings is amazing.  Mirror Lake is restful and peaceful.  Mirror Lake is located on Tenaya Creek. As you hike you will see and hear Tenaya Creek which is very soothing.


The lake is slowly shrinking due to sediment accumulation. This hike is very popular, so it can be very busy with campers and hikers. The walk is one mile long on a paved pathway.

This hike is very easy and you will enjoy this one.

3. Yosemite easy hike: Lower Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls is an easy hike and a good starting point is Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley. The hike is about 1 mile and takes only about 30 minutes. It is a very gentle walk, and wheelchair accessible. As you walk up to the Lower Yosemite Falls, you will have a grand view of Yosemite Falls. If you are visiting in the springtime, you will experience the sound of rushing water coming down the mighty Yosemite Falls.

One of the biggest falls in the world

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. From the top of Yosemite Falls to the base of the lower falls is over 2,400 feet. This makes Yosemite Falls in the top ten of all waterfalls in the world.

Spring is my favorite season of the year to hike in Yosemite and to see and hear all the waterfalls.

But you will enjoy hiking any time of the year because Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

"To Sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness."  ~ John Muir