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Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The valley is about 7.5 miles long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. It is not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.

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Yosemite Valley Day Hikes

Bridalveil Fall Trail, easy, 0.5 mi / 0.8 km (round trip

Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, easy, 1 mi / 1.6 km (entire loop)

Cook's Meadow Loop, easy, 1 mi / 1.6 km (entire loop)

Mirror Lake Loop, easy to moderate, 2 mi / 3.2 km (lake & back)
5 mi / 8 km (entire loop)

Valley Loop Trail, moderate, 6.5 mi / 10.5 km (half loop)

Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall Trails, moderate to strenuous,1.6 mi-8 mi /
2.5 km-13 km (round trip)

Yosemite Falls Trail, moderate to strenuous, 2.0 mi / 3.2 km (round trip)
7.2 mi / 11.6 km (round trip)

Snow Creek Trail, strenuous, 9.4 mi / 15.1 km (round trip)

Four Mile Trail, strenuous, 4.8 mi / 7.7 km (one way)

Half Dome Trail, strenuous, 14 mi-16.4 mi
22.4 km-26.2 km (round trip)

Yosemite Valley

PO Box 577

Yosemite National Park, California


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