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8 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)

~200 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Yosemite National Park Topo Map

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Lyell Canyon via the John Muir Trail

California | Yosemite

  • John Muir Trail leading into Lyell Canyon.
  • Along the John Muir Trail into Lyell Canyon.

Activities & Features


The trail through Lyell Canyon in Yosemite is a wonderful trek along the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River. The trail is relatively flat, making it an easy day hike that knocks off a section of both the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. It can be muddy in places, especially early in the season. There is camping available in Yosemite National Park.


Lyell Canyon and Mount Lyell which is the highest peak in Yosemite National Park are both named after Charles Lyell, who was an influential Scottish Geologist. His best know work "Principles of Geology" is famous for the principle "the present is the key to the past. He was also a close friend of Charles Darwin.

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Contact: Public Information Office PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389

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