In the world of hiking, rock climbing and just generally outdoor adventure, it doesn't get more bucket list than Yosemite, which draws upwards of 4.5 million visitors annually. Consistently ranked among the ten best national parks in the United States, this 759,620-acre expanse in Northern California is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Golden State. For those keen on pitching a tent and snoozing under the stars, it’s also home to some incredible camping sites. Extraordinary scenery truly exists at every turn—from waterfalls, glaciers and granite walls to flower-filled meadows, sequoia trees and verdant valleys. Don’t forget about the wildlife-peeping opportunities. All this adds up to Yosemite having a preternatural ability to make even the least outdoorsy travelers tap into their rugged side. Whether you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkie who thrives off a challenge or prefers something a bit more low-key and scenic, you’ll find something to love.
Wondering which trails are better suited for you based on your experience level, comfort with scrambling and desired distance? We’ve rounded up the best hikes in Yosemite—a mix of easy, moderate and tough treks—to ensure you strike out on the perfect path.