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Yosemite National Park

Trail Guide

Foxtail Farm Bed & Breakfast is 26 miles from the South Gate entrance to Yosemite National Park. As such we are closer to  southern end of the park which includes Wawona and Glacier Point Road. Actual drive times into the valley will vary depending on time of day and time of year. With no traffic, time to Yosemite Valley is about 1-1/2 hours using either the Arch Rock Entrance from California Highway 140 or the South Gate Entrance from California Highway 41.

Depending on your length of stay here are some suggestions for destinations/hikes in the park.


Visiting only one day - Glacier Point (early morning) from Glacier Point Road off CA41; Tunnel View on CA41 heading into the valley; Happy Isles to John Muir Trailhead to Vernal Fall Bridge; Lower Yosemite Fall; Mirror Lake; Meadow by El Capitan.


Visiting for three days - (1) Glacier Point; Sentinel Dome; Taft Point and the Fissures. (2) Yosemite Valley - Mist Trail to Nevada Fall (strenuous) or Vernal Fall Bridge (Moderate); Lower Yosemite Fall; Meadow by El Capitan; Mirror Lake; Exit by CA41 to Tunnel View. (3) Chilnualna Fall and Mariposa Grove.

 

Visiting for two days - (1) Mariposa Grove; Glacier Point; Sentinel Dome; Taft Point and the Fissures. (2) Yosemite Valley - Mist Trail to Nevada Fall (strenuous) or Vernal Fall Bridge (Moderate); Lower Yosemite Fall; Meadow by El Capitan; Mirror Lake; Exit by CA41 to Tunnel View.


Visiting for four days - (1) Glacier Point; Sentinel Dome; Taft Point and the Fissures. (2) Yosemite Valley - Mist Trail to Nevada Fall (strenuous) or Vernal Fall Bridge (Moderate); Lower Yosemite Fall; Meadow by El Capitan; Mirror Lake; Exit by CA41 to Tunnel View. (3) Chilnualna Fall and Mariposa Grove. (4) Panorama Trail from Glacier Point to Illilouette Fall to Nevada Fall and back to Glacier Point (Strenuous)


Top 10 Hikes in Yosemite National Park as determined by the Outbound Collective


The Southern Park - Wawona and Mariposa Grove

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Chilnualna Fall

Start: Chilnualna Fall Trailhead off Chilnualna Fall Road in Wawona

Total Distance: 8.2 miles out and back

Hiking Time: 6 to 8 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Change: 2,100 feet (640 meters)

Seasons: Best in spring and early summer

The most spectacular sections and highest waterfalls are found at the beginning and end of the hike. The waterfall is as exciting as any in Yosemite Valley, but few tourists know about it.

The South Rim of Yosemite Valley - Glacier Point Road

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Panorama Trail

Start: Panorama/Pohono Trailhead at Glacier Point

Total Distance: 10.4 miles out and back

Hiking Time : 6 to 8 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

Elevation Change: 1,500 feet (457 meters)

Seasons: Best in early summer when falls are flowing

The trail follows the southeastern portion of the valley rim crossing Illilouette Creek at the top of Illilouette Fall to the sunny flat where Nevada Fall launches itself over the cliff into Yosemite Valley.