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First time, advice on trails

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First time, advice on trails

So me and my brother will be visiting Yosemite for our first times on August 15th for 4 days and will be hiking 3 of the days. We are staying in coursegold at a casino which according to google maps is 55 miles and 1 hour 30 minutes away from Yosemite Valley.

We want to arrive around 7 to avoid traffic and find good parking. I was told to park at Yosemite Valley Lodge (the hotel) and take the shuttle around to the trailheads.

Me and my brother could probably do the moderate hikes but only a strenous hike if its only a couple of miles. I dont think we want to hike for more than 7 hours or so and hope to end around 2 or so.

So my question is if anyone has some advice to help me plan out the trails. I did as much research online as I could but only got a rough outline and I dont really know which trails lead into which ones.

So what are your favorite trails from Yosemite Valley? Also we could stop at Wowana if anyone has good experience there.

Thanks! :)

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1. Re: First time, advice on trails

I would recommend hiking the Mist trail up to the top of Vernal fall (or all the way up to Nevada falls if you're up for it). My girlfriend and I (age 35 and 33) started around 9 am when we did it last year, and got to the top of Vernal fall and back down around 3 pm. I would recommend taking the Mist trail up and the Muir trail down. The mist trail is right next to the falls and a lot of it is steep staircases, which is hard on the knees going down. The Muir trail is slightly longer, and is mostly switchbacks instead of stairs.

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2. Re: First time, advice on trails

Hi Zac

Chuckchansi is further than 1 1/2 hours from Yosemite Valley. It's at least 1 3/4 hours assuming absolutely no traffic. Any chance you'd be willing to stay in the Valley, even if just for a night?

>>We want to arrive around 7<<

So you leave at 5:15 am. Every day you go to the Valley. 5:15 am.

>>I was told to park at Yosemite Valley Lodge (the hotel)<<

I disagree. Park at the Yosemite Falls parking lot, just past the hotel. It's on the shuttle route.

https:/…valleyshuttle.pdf

>>we could stop at Wawona<<

wah WOH nuh

Stop there one afternoon after you've completed some hikes. Maybe get a picnic dinner at the Wawona Store and take it to the South Fork of the Merced River. I think the swimming hole down from the Community Center would be a good idea. www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g61000-c196037

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The most popular hike is the Mist Trail. This will be your challenging one. Ride the shuttle to Happy Isles and hike up. Carry your water & picnic lunch. Continue past the top of Vernal Fall to the top of Nevada Fall, then down the John Muir Trail. Or go to the top of Vernal Fall, over to the Clark Point Cutoff, then down the JMT.

On a more leisurely day in the Valley, walk up Bridalveil Fall and up Lower Yosemite Fall. Maybe walk the Valley Loop Trail from near the Lower Yosemite Fall to the Majestic Ahwahnee and on to Mirror 'lake'/Meadow.

https:/…hiking.htm

www.YosemiteHikes.com

One day, perhaps your afternoon-in-Wawona-day, drive up to Glacier Point. Hike Sentinel Dome, of if you're up for it, hike the Taft Point - Pohono Trail - Sentinel Dome loop.

Tuolumne Meadows is a highlight in August, but you are staying too far away to make a day hike practical. Let us know if you're able / willing to change a night in Coarsegold to a night in Yosemite Valley.

The Top Questions on the right side of this page (full TA website, not the app) has many suggestions for you and includes maps.

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3. Re: First time, advice on trails

It does sound like Mist Trail to Vernal Falls, or optional Nevada Fall, may fit what you are looking for. Strenuous, scenic, and not too long.

Or you can consider: Four Mile Trail just up to Union Point only. You have a birdeye view of the Yosemite Valley. On the opposite side of the U shape valley: Upper Yosemite Falls Trail, up to Columbia Rock only. Also have a birdeye view of the Yosemite Valley from the other side. If you are energetic, you can even hike all the way up to the top of Yosemite Falls.

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4. Re: First time, advice on trails

Ok so the Mist Trail up and the John Muir trail down sounds like something to plan on for the day then. I like that, it's simple. Thanks! Any advice on parking in yosemite valley or taking the yarts bus?

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5. Re: First time, advice on trails

I love your idea about Glacier Point and was even thinking about making a trip out there one of the three days and doing some hikes in that area. I would love to stay closer into Yosemite valley but it is all booked up unfortunately :/

Do you by chance know if the Yarts is significantly better than driving in?

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6. Re: First time, advice on trails

You have to decide what is 'better' for you.

YARTS bus ~ someone else driving, slower, entrance fee included in ticket price, no worries about parking, only goes to Yosemite Valley (not Glacier Point)

Personal car ~ you drive, faster way to get to your destination, $30 fee for 7 days of entrance, arrive early enough for parking, go to the destination of your choice

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Parking in Yosemite Valley: I still recommend Yosemite Falls parking lot ~ easiest to exit from the Valley at the end of your tourism day.

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