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Trail for the whole family

This trail is mostly for all shapes, sizes, ages, & abilities. There are places that some could... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2018
Placitas, New Mexico
Easy trail that gives amazing views

Went the first week of October and was not disappointed. I don't think anywhere in the park can... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
Michael S
Gulfport, Mississippi
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Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
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All reviews el capitan mirror lake merced river nice walk fall colors majestic lodge easy hike yosemite valley pack a lunch starting point amazing views parts sights bridge half park highlights
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

This trail is mostly for all shapes, sizes, ages, & abilities. There are places that some could find hard, but not so much. Not wheelchair accessible. Great fall colors in mid Oct., less crowded, but as always get an early start.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank CavemanHHH
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Went the first week of October and was not disappointed. I don't think anywhere in the park can disappoint! Great views of El Capitan and Half Dome. This late in the year everything was dried up so it made for less water photo shots of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Michael S
Reviewed 14 October 2018

This trail gives you the opportunity to see the valley sights from close up and yet still be close to road access. Views of El Capitan were spectacular. Despite the park being crowded the trail was amazingly quiet. After passing El Capitan don’t take the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David A
Reviewed 5 October 2018

We went October 1-4 to avoid most of the busy season and because of the fall colors and we weren’t disappointed! The park was still busy but very pleasant and not to crowded. The weather was cloudy but no rain and visibility was great. We...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank bobbief747
Reviewed 16 August 2018

The Loop takes you past some of the best landmarks in the valley. The path is pretty flat and one of the best ways to see some of the big landmarks in the valley. We did parts of it due to time constraints. We did...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Frank D
Reviewed 28 July 2018

If you want to see some of the park’s great views but can’t hike or want to stay away from the crowds then walk the Valley View loop trail. It is a nice walk with awesome views. I saw people driving and stopping at different...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Jen C
Reviewed 26 July 2018

decent hike - flat, long, with lots to see in the first half - we did the whole loop and regretted it, really not much to see towards the outer edges, wish we'd done the half-loop and then climbed the falls or something instead. lucky...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank lpincher94
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

My 10 year old daughter and I hiked the loop. It was so nice to get away from the buzz of the more popular trails. We found it was marked just fine and had a map. We loved the tranquil time by the Merced River...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank AllyG99
Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

We hiked this trail after having done Upper Yellowstone Falls and the Panoramic Trail. This was our easy day. The trail is not nearly as interesting, though you can detour to Lower Yosemite Falls Trail and get nice views to El Captain. The trail is...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank kuznitz2
Reviewed 9 May 2018

This is an easy trail that you can use to connect different trails or a s trail of its own. It goes from being a bit plain to quite beatiful and it's ideal for people who don't feel like taking harder trails. We only walked...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Alessandra L
19 January 2018|
Response from ThomasTCat | Reviewed this property |
You can park at Yosemite Village and either walk the half mile to lower Yosemite Falls where the trail begins, or you can hop on the shuttle (it runs year round) and get off at Stop #6 at Lower Yosemite Falls and begin your... More
22 May 2017|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Evergreen Lodge is OUTSIDE of Yosemite National Park. It's about an hour drive to Yosemite Valley. Ask your questions on the Yosemite forum where many folks will be able to reply.
Melissa B
31 March 2017|
Response from PacificNWFamily |
Yes. The trail currently has some deep puddles.