The Mist Trail in Yosemite National Park is the most popular trail in the park and with good reason. You get up close with two HUGE waterfalls and have marvelous views of the Merced River the whole way up.
This hike is entirely uphill but not to worry if you aren't much of a hiker... you can still enjoy excellent views of Vernal Falls from the footbridge at 0.8 miles in.
Even though this hike can be very crowded (especially in peak season) it is well worth the effort as you will not find a another hike quite like this. Keep reading to see why you need to hike the Mist Trail.
The Upper Yosemite Falls trail is our favorite hike in Yosemite National Park...so much so we considered doing it twice during our most recent trip! If you've ever done this hike you might be thinking that's a little insane. Especially in the middle of summer. But even though this is a strenuous and steep hike the effort is well worth it. You get some great views of the Yosemite Valley floor even if you only make it up to Columbia Rock and if you persist a little further you will be able to view the bottom of the Upper Falls too. But the effort really pays off if you make it to the top!
So you didn't win the pre-season permit lottery for Half Dome in March or you didn't even know you had to enter a lottery to hike up Half Dome. Now what? You can't visit Yosemite National Park and not bag Half Dome right?! Relax. Depending on when you are planning your visit to Yosemite or how long you plan to spend there you have a few options to help achieve your travel/hiking goals.
We love the Malibu area! It's so close to the city, but yet feels so far away... especially when you're out hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Today we decided to spend our Sunday hiking the Solstice Canyon Loop Trail. We couldn't believe we hadn't done this hike sooner as we regularly hang out and watch the sunset from the nearby lookout AND have lived in the area for 9 months!
Anyway, this is a gorgeous trail and one of the best we've done in Malibu. Perfect for the summer months because you can take a dip in the refreshing waterfall at the end of your hike.
You can view a video we made of our hike and see how pretty the trail really was. I had no idea there would be a waterfall that was worth getting into at the end and therefore did not plan for it! Make sure you pack your swimwear!!
A couple of weeks ago we climbed Mt Whitney. At 14,508ft, Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. The trail itself is 21 miles (33km) with 6000ft elevation gain and is not to be taken lightly.
I had wanted to climb Whitney ever since I was seventeen when I had stumbled across Galen Rowell's 'The Art of Adventure' at a second hand bookstore back in Australia, where nobody even knows where the Eastern Sierra's even are.