Hiking Yosemite Valley Loop Trail In California

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in California and it offers visitors plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and adventuring.

If you want to enjoy the classic Yosemite views without the painful elevation gains that most Yosemite trails entail, the Yosemite Valley Loop is for you! Let’s get started!

In this guide, we share information on one of the simplest day hikes in Yosemite – the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail.

Location & Parking

Parking in Yosemite can be a limiting factor so sometimes it’s easier to walk to the trailhead from where you’re staying, whether that be a campsite, a hotel inside Yosemite, or Curry Village.

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Quick Trail Highlights

Here are a few quick Yosemite Valley Loop Trail highlights before we go into more details: Length: 6.5-miles for the half-loop or 13 miles for the full loop Elevation Gain: 200 feet Time Needed: 3 hours for the half loop, 6 hours for the full loop Difficulty: Moderate (due to its length) Cost: $35 per vehicle to enter Yosemite National Park Dogs allowed?: Only on paved roads and sidewalks.

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About Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail is a great hike for first-time Yosemite visitors that want to get an overall sense of Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite Valley Loop Trail is different than other hikes in this park because it connects many of the top highlights into one single loop.

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Photography Tips

Yosemite National Park is one of my favorite places for photography in California as it offers many unique locations and landscapes. Here are a few photography tips to help you capture memories of a lifetime from your trip.

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What To Expect

I’ve been to Yosemite many times and usually, I’ll try to tackle one of the more challenging hikes. On this trip, we decided to hike the easier half Valley Loop Trail instead.

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