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. 

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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)

2.4 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~485 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Bridalveil Falls Trail (YNP)

0.5 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~80 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Lower Yosemite Falls Trail

1 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

~50 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

1 (miles)

 Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

1.5 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Vernal Falls Footbridge

1.6 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

1.6 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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)

2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

2 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Gaylor Lakes Trail

2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

2.2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Taft Point

2.2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~250 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Dog Lake Trail (YNP)

2.8 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~600 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Vernal Falls

3 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1000 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Lembert Dome Trail

3.2 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~850 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Mono Meadow to Mount Starr King

3 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~325 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

3.5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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

Poopenaut Valley Trail

3 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1300 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

California

Yosemite

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!