Best Hikes in Yosemite National Park | Traveler by Unique

But with so much that Yosemite National Park has to offer to the adventure-seeking travelers, picking the perfect hiking spot could be puzzling. Hence we have curated a list of some of the best hikes you can choose from to make the most of the trip.


1. Cathedral Lakes

Cathedral Lakes

If you are visiting Cathedral Lakes, be prepared for a magnificent view from the Cathedral peaks. The lakes comprise of the upper Lake and Lower Lake and it takes an eight-mile round trip to experience the beauty of the Cathedrals. The hike can be completed in 3-5 hours, depending on your speed, and the difficulty level the hike offers is quite moderate. But if you reach the top, you are in for a treat! The beautiful lake with turquoise waters, surrounded by rich green fauna, huge rocks and mountains. All the natural elements of Cathedral Lakes make them a true embodiment of the scenic beauty.


2. Sentinel Dome

Sentinel Dome

Sentinel Dome is perfect for someone who is looking for an easy hike. Located few miles away from the Glacier Point, the elevation of this dome is 350 feet and it takes approximately 15-20 minutes to hike. Sentinel Dome renders an exceptional and outstanding 360-degree view of all the Yosemite's marvels. You can easily spot the northern Falls, Clark Range and El Capitan from Sentinel Dome. The view from Sentinel Dome is jaw-dropping. The late-season snowy mountains beautifully tucked between Cathedral Rocks with lush green trees paint a peaceful picture that feels like right out of a travel calendar.


3. Half Dome

Half Dome

Half Dome renders one of the best views of Yosemite National Park. Not only the hikers catch a glimpse of the breezy Nevada and Vernal waterfalls but also hike on one the tranquil trail full of dense green Sequoia trees. A dream destination for every passionate hiker who is aware of the beauty of Yosemite, Half Dome renders a challenge with a prize. The trail begins from Yosemite Valley and after reaching to the Dome's backside, the hikers get to climb metal cables which can be an outstanding experience for all the adrenaline junkies. The prize after all the work? The view from the Dome. We are sure your jaws will drop. The lush greenery beautifully surrounded by the mountains and humongous rocks that render the perfect contrast will surely leave you awe.


4. Mist trail

Mist trail

Want to witness a beautiful waterfall and feel the fresh breeze? Then you must visit the Mist Trail. The trail begins at Shuttle stop 16 and the elevation of this trail is 4000 feet. The difficulty level of this trail is moderate and the hike takes approximately 2-5 hours to reach to the top. The trail comprises of a granite stairway which is steep and can also be slippery (better watch your step). Hikers will catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing Falls from many spots during the hike. The best time to visit Mist trail is from April to June, and if you are planning to visit the trails during the weekends, the best time to get started would be early in the morning.


5. Glacier Point

Glacier Point

One of the hikes that render multiple options for conquering itself. Glacier Point can be reached via, car, bus, free shuttle and of course by foot. People who reach this point can enjoy a lot of activities like bird watching, stargazing and even snowboarding. It takes only 20 minutes to reach this point and it is one of the easiest hikes Yosemite National Park has to offer, which makes the Glacier Point ideal if you've got kids on board.