Valley Loop Trail


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Valley Loop Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Mariposa
Length: 7.5 miles
Trail end points: Northside Dr. and Southside Dr.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7234993

Valley Loop Trail Description

Nestled within Yosemite National Park, this paved trail system offers an easy way to explore the incredibly scenic Yosemite Valley. See such famous landmarks as the Swinging Bridge, Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Chapel, Royal Arches and Washington Column. This bike ride is especially recommended during the spring months, when Yosemite Fall is roaring with snowmelt.

The trail is completely flat and runs along both banks of the Merced River. Several sections of it traverse scenic meadows, with the remainder following the main park roads.

In addition to this paved bike path, the park also has multiple hiking trails. Please note that bikes are prohibited from any non-pavement trail.

Parking and Trail Access

There are many different parking lots along the route, but the best place to start is at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, so that you'll have access to detailed park information. However, if you are staying in Yosemite overnight, you may want to begin your bike journey directly from your campground.

Valley Loop Trail Reviews

Riding a bike is the best way to see the sites.

Wide bike paths, easy for kids and bike trailers.

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