Sierra Day Hikes

Yosemite   Lake Tahoe   Mammoth Lakes
Sequoia   Kings Canyon

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite     Lake Tahoe     Sequoia     Kings Canyon     Mammoth Lakes

Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Wildflowers

Mirror Lake trail, Yosemite National Park

Sierra Day Hikes

Enjoy scenic Day Hikes at the most popular recreation areas in the Sierra Nevada, from Lake Tahoe and Yosemite to Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Find just the trail to suit your interests, whether it's an easy stroll among giant sequoias or an invigorating hike to the top of Yosemite Falls.

Discover special places such as Wawona's swinging bridge and tranquil meadow loop. Hike up the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall or along the shore of Emerald Bay. Picnic at Mammoth's Crystal Lake or visit Sequoia's generals - the two largest trees in the world.

For Every Sierra Day Hike Find . . .

  • Trail Descriptions, including mileage, elevation changes, and key route details
  • Maps, showing trailheads, trails, and nearby features
  • Trailhead Information, including location, parking, restrooms and drinking water
  • Images of the surrounding area and destination
  • Things to Know such as regulations for pets, locations of nearest restrooms and drinking water
  • Nearby Hikes with links and trail highlights

Mammoth Lakes

Lake George, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Magnificent scenery awaits day hikers around Mammoth Lakes in California's Eastern Sierra. Short trails lead to hidden lakes tucked against surrounding peaks or to the fascinating ruins of the Mammoth Consolidated Gold Mine.

Nearby Reds Meadow, Devils Postpile, and the June Lake Loop also have wonderful places to explore on Sierra Day Hikes. In Devil's Postpile visit beautiful Rainbow Falls and near the June Lake Loop take the trail to picturesque Parker Lake.

Bring Your Camera

Wherever you wander on your Sierra Day Hikes, don't forget your camera for those great memories of your explorations.

Sierra Day Hikes

Yosemite National Park

Lower Cathedral Lake, Yosemite National Park

Spectacular Yosemite day hikes abound in the valley as well as at Wawona and in the high country around Tuolumne Meadows. Visitors can choose gentle paths around the valley floor, scenic loop trails to Mirror Lake, or an exhilarating climb to the top of Half Dome.

In Wawona the amazing Mariposa Grove has opened once again after a renovation project. Stroll through the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Find wonderful day hikes all around Lake Tahoe. At South Lake Tahoe explore Van Sickle Park or on the Nevada side tour pretty Spooner Lake. Enjoy waterfalls, meadows, and mountain vistas. Hike along the shore of Emerald Bay.

For spectacular panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding peaks, set out for the summits of Mount Rose and Mount Tallac.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

General Sherman Tree, Sequoia National Park

Day hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks include a short trek to the top of Moro Rock, rambles among the world's largest trees, gushing waterfalls, scenic meadows, and spectacular panoramic vistas.

Rating the Difficulty of the Hikes

Trailhead for Mount Tallac hike, Lake Tahoe, CA

Many factors contribute to the difficulty of a particular hike. Among them are starting elevation, elevation gain, miles, and the condition of the trail. What might be a moderate hike for one person could be strenuous for another. Use the ratings as a general guide, but also read the details of the hike to help you decide if it is right for you.

  • Easy - generally ½ - 2 miles with only moderate uphill.
  • Moderate - either short mileage with some steep uphill, or longer mileage with a gentle grade.
  • Strenuous - a half-day or full-day of difficult uphill hiking over extended miles such as hiking to the summit of Mount Tallac or the top of Yosemite Falls.