Best Hiking Trails for Kids in Yosemite National Park


Best Hiking Trails for Kids in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park has served as inspiration to generations of hikers with its tremendous beauty. Hundreds of miles of trails weave through the park.  To truly appreciate its splendor, park the car, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. We’ve selected a few of our favorite easy day hikes below. All of these trails are great choices for visitors hiking with children and will delight everyone with towering sequoias, raging waterfalls and spectacular scenery. For more information on any trail simply give it a click to see more pictures, a detailed trail description and integrated wildlife, wildflower and tree guides. 

Easy Family Friendly Hiking Trails in Yosemite National Park

Easy Family Friendly Hiking Trails in Yosemite National Park

All of these hiking trails are pefect for families. Expect beautiful views for lakes belowing towering granite walls, amazing waterfalls thundering down hundreds of feet and sweeping views of Yosemite Valley. 

May Lake Trail (YNP)

May Lake is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that features a beautiful alpine lake.

Bridalveil Falls Trail (YNP)

Bridalveil Falls is a very easy kid friendly hike in Yosemite National Park that leads to beautiful waterfall.

Lower Yosemite Falls Trail

Lower Yosemite Falls is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite Valley National Park that leads to an incredible waterfall.

Cook’s Meadow Loop Trail

Cook's Meadow Loop is an easy kid friendly and ADA accessible day hike in Yosemite National Park that offers stunning views of Yosemite Valley.

Tuolumne Meadows: Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge Trail

Soda Springs and Parsons Lodge is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows.

Vernal Falls Footbridge

Vernal Falls Footbridge is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that leads to an amazing view of the falls.

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias: Grizzly Giant

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias: Grizzly Giant is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that leads to one of the largest trees in the world.

Mirror Lake Trail (YNP)

Mirror Lake Trail is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that leads to a classic park view.

Columbia Rock via the Yosemite Falls Trail

Columbia Rock via the Yosemite Falls Trail a moderate day hike in Yosemite National Park that incredibly scenic views.

Gaylor Lakes Trail

Expect grand views with the short and steep trail to Gaylor Lake in the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite National Park. This trail short and steep, but should be good for most kids.

Sentinel Dome Trail

Sentinel Dome is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that features incredible panoramic views.

Taft Point

Taft Point is an easy kid friendly day hike along Yosemite National Park's Glacier Point Road.

Dog Lake Trail (YNP)

Dog Lake is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows.

Vernal Falls

Vernal Falls is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that leads to an incredible waterfall.

Lembert Dome Trail

Lembert Dome is a moderate kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows.

Mono Meadow to Mount Starr King

Mono Meadow to view of Mount Starr King is an easy kid friendly day hike along Yosemite National Park's Glacier Point Road.

Wawona Meadow Loop

Wawona Meadow Loop is easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park.

Poopenaut Valley Trail

Poopenaut Valley Trail is a tough hike in Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley. The Tuolumne River is full of trout so bring your fly rod!