Backpacking Backpack- Easy Hikes In Yosemite National Park

Hiking bag trips in Yosemite National Park, known as the Disneyland of National Parks, features 800 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to extreme. Everyone has an opportunity to observe glacier-cut rock formations, unlimited panoramic vistas, and so many waterfalls you couldn't possibly count them all.  Why not consider a day hike of a less strenuous type? Here are five easy hikes for average nature lovers who want to experience a day in the outdoors to witness the beauty and complex structures of Yosemite

Daypack Hiking - Check Out Mirror Lake

Backpack hikers don't have to be the extremist hiker who dons a 70 liter frame backpack to spend days in the deep wilderness. Mirror Lake is easy to reach via a few trails. The most traveled option is a one-mile paved walkway and bike path along Tenaya Creek to the north side of the lake. Additionally, an unpaved trail follows the south side of the lake connecting to a larger loop. A third route to Mirror Lake leaves from Ahwahnee Hotel and crosses below the Royal Arches and North Dome to arrive at the north side of the Lake. Since you can utilize the park shuttle system, this trail can be combined with the popular paved trail to form a 2.8-mile one-direction stroll. Not actually a lake at all, Mirror Lake gets its name from its reflective beauty and is actually a shallow seasonal pool of water with gorgeous surroundings and delivers on serenity and scenery. If you visit early in the summer, there are also tons of wildflowers.

 

Backpack Hiking in Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias

 This hiking backpack trail area is located in the southern portion of Yosemite, this Sequoia grove is the largest in Yosemite and is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias. In 1864 President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for "public use, resort, and recreation." of this area to be protected for the benefit of future generations.  There is an easy .3 mile loop from the trailhead which is about a 30-45 minute hike. It is wheelchair accessible to take loved ones who cannot walk it. For the more adventurous there is the Grizzly Giant Loop Trail which is a two mile hike from the trailhead that winds along the edge of the grove and includes 300 feet of elevation gain taking 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete.  You'll be able to trail hike among gorgeous trees such as the Bachelor and Three Graces, the Grizzly Giant, and California Tunnel Tree. Photo by  Ron Reznick

 

Hiking Day Pack - Bridalveil Falls Day Hike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg3Hz67ZpU4  Beautiful video of Falls

Hiking daypacks provide means to carry your daily essentials of water and food on short hikes such as this one. These stunning falls are known for the way the water shifts with the wind, like a bridal veil in the breeze. This is a 15-30 minute hike that almost anyone can do. There is some incline and the path could be wet near the Falls, but it's truly a sight to behold and well worth some dampness here and there. A large lot at the trailhead often fills up, but if you drive a few hundred meters into the valley, you'll find a trail to the falls running parallel to the road, and you can almost always find a parking spot somewhere along there, with the added bonus of having a view of El Capitan. You may prefer this longer trail since it crosses Bridalveil Creek and some very pretty meadows.  

 Small Daypack - Hike To Turtleback Dome

This 1.2 mile hike is easy for even a beginner. From the top of Turtleback Dome you are treated to views of Half Dome and the Valley below. There are several large granite boulders on the top of Turtleback Dome. This is a fairly easy hike on granite slab from the parking lot that’s directly to the north of Turtleback Dome where you descend via the service road. Some of the trail is slightly bushwacky (the last 1/4 mile on the side of the road) to get back to the starting point. This part has a really nice view and is less crowded. It is fun to scramble up the low-angle granite. Key point to look for is the huge boulder at the top. The summit of Turtleback is a high point with no tree cover and so it gets all day sun. This is a good place if you are new to hiking or as a family outing.

Backpacking Packs - Take Lunch And Enjoy Artists Point

Backpack hiking to the Artists Point trail begins in the parking lot at tunnel view and is 2 miles round trip that is not overly strenuous. If you take a left at Old Stagecoach Road (without going all the way to Inspiration Point since there isn't much of a view there) you can enjoy this hidden gem, which doesn't get much notoriety, but the best part of that is less visitor traffic. Although you might have to climb over some tree branches, the view isn't far away from there. Trails are clearly marked, which helps with confusion.  You can see everything that you see at Tunnel View with the addition of Bridalveil Meadow and a better view of the falls with very little crowds. The view is a lovely down valley view of Yosemite Valley.

There are unlimited awesome trails and nature scenery in Yosemite National Park. You really must visit there one day, although it would take several visits to see everything this park has to offer. Wouldn't you love to go solo, with friends or take your family to observe historical and breathtaking creations of nature over centuries? If you need a new backpack, why not check out our inventory here and get prepared for an incredible hiking trip.  Happy hiking!


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