Yosemite National Park is a true dream world. From the moment you drive into this park everything is picturesque and breathtaking. We had an amazing time while visiting Yosemite and we were able to hike a lot of the trails. Yosemite is a large park and there is A LOT to see! Here are three ideas if you are looking for short hikes with beautiful views.
1. Day Hike on the John Muir/Pacific Crest Trail
This was a highlight of my trip. The trail was much less crowded than most of the other trails we hiked, and we crossed paths with so many interesting people who were hiking the full John Muir Trail (211 miles) and the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles). I would love to hike more of both these trails someday but for now this was a really neat experience. It was very inspiring to see the hardcore hikers. We accessed the trail near the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center. Choose your own distance, the options are basically endless.
2. Glacier Point by car
This was AWESOME. I really would have liked to hike to Glacier Point but we only had a couple days at the park and had a lot to fit in so we opted to drive to Glacier Point. Right on Glacier Point there is a visitor center complete with a snack bar. We enjoyed lunch with a spectacular view. This isn’t even technically a hike but if you drive up to the top there is plenty of hiking and exploring to do! I think we spent nearly an hour hiking around the area. Truly amazing sights for every photography lover. Everywhere you turn there is a new amazing view. You can’t ask for a better lookout.
3. Tuolumne Grove
The big trees! A must see! I had been to Redwood National Park before this trip so I had a good idea of what I was going to see, but WOW. This was a fun hike. You follow a long, semi steep hill down into the grove. As we walked my husband kept saying “think this is one?” and knowing from my experience at the redwoods I said “I think we will know when we see one” and boy did we ever! A sequoia is undeniable! We took some time just to stand and stare, they are truly a wonder of nature. Super cool! This was a short and lovely hike. We went at sunset at it was beautiful, but we were racing the sun on our way out. So perhaps bring a flashlight if you choose to go in the evening 😉
Much love and Happy Travels,
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