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Yosemite National Park hike

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Yosemite National Park hike

I want to hike from Tioga road to Yosemite Valley via Yosemite Falls.

Any suggestions on how to plan , what route to take?

Will be in Yosemite Valley July 9 -15 camping.

A group of family wants to hike Yosemite Falls.

I thought hiking from Tioga down would be easier on some of the group.

Any tips , suggestions are appreciated.

Any othe great hike info. would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Yosemite National Park hike

Here's a massive map (don't do this link if your machine is slow) if you don't have one on hand.


The trail from just east of Porcupine Flat is the shortest at about 7 miles distance. I've only done it along Yosemite Creek about 10-12 miles distance. Give yourself about 5 to 8 hours respectively.

Bring lots of water or water filter (to replenish your water supply from the creek).

When you get to the Yosemite Falls, it's slippery (loose sand like path) with rounded rocks because it is so heavily travelled. It's also no fun going down in the dark, so plan your trip accordingly.

Oakland, California
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2. Re: Yosemite National Park hike

What are the ages and skill levels of your family? Because it's still a long and intense hike! Another alternative might be to take the Yosmite Falls trail from the valley floor, but have those who are less athletic stop part way up at the spot affectionately known as "ohmygosh rock", while the others push on upwards.

southern california
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3. Re: Yosemite National Park hike

Mostly teens & up to about 55, about 8 people total. In various conditions. We have done it from the valley floor but thought it might be easier to take the shuttle and get dropped off on Tioga road and hike down. Don't know where to get dropped off(or where would be best) on Tioga road or what to expect on the trail. Just figured it would less strenous, longer but overall less strenous. The elevation gain to Yosemite Falls (the upper falls) is rough.