Guidebook

Epic Hikes to Yosemite’s Proudest Summits

See it all from above by conquering these highpoints in Yosemite National Park.

Description

Yosemite National Park is nature’s showcase of megalithic sculptures, carved by the hand of time with the tools of ice and water. The formations are so huge that, to a viewer on the valley floor, they stretch seemingly out of reach, blending into an awe-inspiring but intangible backdrop. They are more than just a display, though. For those who dare to venture upward, the granite behemoths become a giant’s playground. Their sides are, in fact, scalable, and their summits are indeed obtainable. The sheerest of cliffs are reserved for expert rock climbers, but even the impossible-looking Half Dome and El Capitan both concede hikers’ routes to the top.

Once you’ve stood in Yosemite Valley and seen it from below, take on these trails and experience it from above. The list includes a range of difficulties, from the family-friendly scamper up Sentinel Dome, to the intimidating Cables of Half Dome, to the technical Mountaineers Route on Cathedral Peak. All are worthy summits that stand out on the skyline, and all of them grant commanding views over much of Yosemite National Park.

Half Dome Day Hike
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Half Dome Day Hike

Yosemite National Park
1 day +
24.0 km
1,711 m
1,711 m
An exciting hike to the summit of one of North America's most iconic peaks.
Extreme
Private
Clouds Rest via Sunrise Lakes Trail
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Clouds Rest via Sunrise Lakes Trail

Yosemite National Park
4 - 5 hrs
18.8 km
973 m
973 m
Wilderness hike to one of the highest and most panoramic viewpoints in Yosemite National Park
Difficult
Private
North Dome Loop
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North Dome Loop

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
15.4 km
670 m
670 m
Forest hike to the rim of Yosemite Valley at one of its greatest viewpoints
Moderate
Private
Eagle Peak via Yosemite Falls
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Eagle Peak via Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park
5 - 6 hrs
17.3 km
1,350 m
1,350 m
Make the arduous climb to Upper Yosemite Falls, then go even farther to find the highest point on this side of Yosemite Valley.
Difficult
Private
Sentinel Dome
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Sentinel Dome

Yosemite National Park
0 - 1 hrs
3.6 km
161 m
161 m
Birds-eye view of the Valley atop one of Yosemite's higher granite domes.
Moderate
Private
Lembert Dome
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Lembert Dome

Yosemite National Park
0 - 1 hrs
3.0 km
217 m
209 m
Hike and short scramble to an impressive granite perch over Tuolumne Meadows.
Severe
Private
El Capitan Summit from Tamarack Flat
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El Capitan Summit from Tamarack Flat

Yosemite National Park
6 - 7 hrs
25.9 km
1,138 m
1,137 m
A little-known trail to a well-known summit on the rim of Yosemite Valley.
Difficult
Private
Smith Peak
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Smith Peak

Yosemite National Park
5 - 6 hrs
20.2 km
1,088 m
1,080 m
Backcountry hike to an impressive but little-known view over Hetch Hetchy Valley.
Difficult
Private
Cathedral Peak Mountaineer's Route
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Cathedral Peak Mountaineer's Route

Yosemite National Park
3 - 4 hrs
9.3 km
681 m
682 m
Hike and rock climb to one of the most impressive summits in Tuolumne Meadows.
Extreme
Private