National Parks

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is located in the central eastern portion of California and encompasses the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain. Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, there are deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Most visitors spend the majority of their time in Yosemite Valley. All of the roads in Yosemite are scenic, but the most famous is the Tioga Road, typically open from late May or early June through November.

Yosemite has a Mediterranean climate, meaning most precipitation falls during the mild winter, and the other seasons are nearly dry. Temperatures vary greatly throughout the park due to the dramatic elevation changes. In Yosemite Valley, summer brings average highs of 89°F and lows of 57°F whereas winter brings highs of 48°F and lows of 29°F.

Park Map

Yosemite Village Multi-use Path

12 mile paved path  MAP

Over 12 miles of paved bike and walking paths are available in Yosemite Valley. This multi-use path takes you through scenic meadows and the beautiful pine forests of the valley. Parking is available at Yosemite Village and Curry Village. You can begin your run from here or use the shuttle bus to access your desired starting location. Or, do a one-way run and use the shuttle bus for the return. The Village is a conveniently located, perfect for a post-run lunch or ice cream cone.

Yosemite Valley Loop Trail

11.5 mi (18.5 km) full loop; 7.2 mi (11.6 km) half loop. Start: Lower Yosemite Fall (shuttle stop #6) . More detailed directions

This is a great, relatively gentle trail running option in Yosemite. Mostly level, gravel following many of the Valley’s first east-west trails and wagon roads. While some of the trail passes near roads, much of it takes you through meadows, talus slopes at the base of the granite cliffs, and near the Merced River. You can access the trail from many places throughout the Valley; however, the mileage and description used here starts at the Lower Yosemite Fall area. Route description from NPS here.

Tuolumne Meadows

5.2 mile loop Start: Lembert Dome parking area MAP

Tuolumne Meadows is the other hub of Yosemite National Park. Within Tuolumne Meadows, visitors see the Tuolumne River meandering quietly through its meadow channel and cascading over the granite river bottom against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. Park in the Lembert Dome parking area and run along the gravel road and pass the locked gate (signed Glen Aulin and Soda Springs). Soda Springs — carbonated, cold water bubbling out of the ground — is protected within a log enclosure. The path continues across the bridge to the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center. From the Visitors Center, follow the John Muir trail toward Lyell Canyon. Take a left onto the Pacific Crest Trail and run across “Twin Bridges”. Pass the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center then cross Tioga Road to return to the start.

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