21 Sep Top 5 Fall Hikes in Yosemite
It’s that time of the year again! The air is cool & crisp, the leaves are changing their shade and the crowds have slowly, but surely started to vacate Yosemite Valley. It’s Fall!
While the summer months may be behind us the upcoming fall season presents a whole new Yosemite you’ve never seen before. Not sure though where to head in the park on your off season visit? We’ve got you covered. Check out our top 5 Fall hikes in Yosemite and book your adventure today!
- This hike presents a few “choose your own challenge” options depending on your level of desire for a strenuous hike. Climb roughly 1,000ft in the 1st mile to take in the view from Columbia Rock. You’ll be able to over to Half Dome and the Valley below. Continue further on the trail to see upper Yosemite falls cascading down. As fall inevitably brings with it rain and snow, Yosemite Falls gains back it’s glory. With increased water levels this is a hike you won’t want to miss!
- One of our personal favorites, this hike has just enough challenge to get your blood flowing, but doesn’t wind you with steep ascents. A top Sentinel Dome you’ll be awed by a 360 view of the now snow capped Sierra Nevadas and unobstructed views of Half Dome & Yosemite Falls. Follow the trail to Taft Point and enjoy an across the valley view of El Captain. Finally it’s a quick jaunt back to the cars at the trail head to warm up and head home for hot chocolate!
- Ascend to Depression era granite steps of the Mist Trail to be awed by the power and beauty of not only one, but two of Yosemite’s largest waterfalls! With countless dramatic kodak moments, this hike is sure to Instagram worthy. Once at the top of Nevada (again challenge by choice!) you will soak in the views before heading down the famous John Muir Trail back to the Valley. Again, Fall = rain, rain = bigger waterfalls!
- One of our specialities, let us show you the beauty Yosemite Valley has to offer. Along the way, your professional and knowledgeable guide will share with you the history of Yosemite as well as information about flora and fauna common in the area. Get up close to the deciduous Black Oak as it’s large leaves change to shades of yellow and orange. Enjoy a gentle stroll through the Valley meadows, taking in views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and the iconic Valley Chapel. This is a great hike for families and hikers of all skill levels.
- Our largest grove of Giant Sequoias will be re-opening THIS fall! After being closed for a few years due to restoration projects, this season will be the best time to come explore the revitalized area. Home to hundreds of 1,000+ year old giant trees, you won’ want to miss this sight on your next visit to the park!
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