This hike starts at the historic Glacier Point Trailhead, with sweeping panoramic views of the Yosemite Valley surrounding you for nearly the entirety of the hike. After 21 miles and three days we should end up at Happy Isles at the Yosemite Valley floor. Trail: Mist Trail + John Muir Trail to Little Yosemite Valley Trailhead Begin: Trailhead Parking Lot -> Happy Isles TH Trailhead Elevation: 4,035 ft. Nevada Falls Elevation: 5,920 ft. Little Yosemite Valley Elevation: 6,120 ft. Look for the Happy Isles Trail head and begin your trek towards Little Yosemite Valley (3.8 miles). We joked about a rather passionate couple from the night before who seemed to either not remember or not care about the close proximity of tents in the campground. This map details our journey from Happy Isles to the Little Yosemite Valley campground. At the top of our little climb from the Merced River Bridge to Happy Isles we got one last long view before formally walking through the John Muir Trailhead at Happy Isles into Yosemite Valley. The Trail-Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley The Lip of Nevada Falls. At 6:52 pm on July 10, 1996, two rockfalls detached in quick succession from the rim of Yosemite Valley east of Glacier Point. After crossing the bridge on top of the Nevada Falls you will reach a junction with the Panorama Trail (2.7 miles) that leads to Illilouette Fall and Glacier Point. In 2015, the Yosemite Conservancy provided funding to restore the existing exhibits and create new interactive panels and displays. The description below is for the longer hike starting at the Yosemite Valley. I had heard her walk right past our tent! Little Yosemite Valley is the most popular area in the Yosemite Wilderness, mainly because it provides easy access to Half Dome.Wilderness permits for the trails leading to Little Yosemite Valley are the most difficult to obtain, and a wilderness permit reservation is strongly recommended. What I’ve found works best is to face downhill and “walk” down Half Dome using my gloved hands as brakes. My first choice on my wilderness permit application, Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley, was denied, so I had to go with an alternate route, Happy Isles to Sunrise. While along this portion of trail JMT hikers will pass through part of the area burned in the 2014 Meadow Fire. The views throughout the Merced River Valley are phenomenal and the Lost Valley and Little Yosemite Valley are also quite interesting. This trail goes by North Pines Campground, Valley Horse Stables, Nature Center at Happy Isles, Sierra Point, Vernal Fall Footbridge, Vernal Fall, Emerald Pool, Silver Apron, Clark Point, and Nevada Fall. Little Yosemite Valley - Key Facts. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. While along this portion of trail JMT hikers will pass through part of the area burned in the 2014 Meadow Fire. But the real amenity of Little Yosemite Valley was a short stroll down a dirt path, past the campground, past the restrooms, and into the crystal clear waters of the Merced River. Although the hike is mostly downhill, the 13 mile length makes this hike reasonably tough. Start: Parking near Lower Pines @ 14:00. The Mist Trail can be wet in the early season.. Others choose the official JMT, which diverges to the south just beyond the Vernal Fall bridge and offers wonderful panoramic views from its switchbacks. The crowds start off thick, though you’ll find that as you hike farther, and climb higher, less and less people will be seen on the trail. My first day featured 7 miles and 3,200ft of elevation gain from the car to my campsite, which was right at the junction to the Clouds Rest trail. Hey there I will be in Yosemite National Park May 23-28, 2015 and got a trailhead permit reservation for entry at Glacier Point--> Little Yosemite Valley on May 25, 2015 and exit from Little Yosemite --> Happy Isles on May 27, 2015. Length 21 mi Elevation gain 3917 ft Route type Out & back. Please note: Little Yosemite Valley is a backpacker’s campground at mile 4.5 on the trail. You’ll have company on the Mist Trail as you descend beside 594-foot Nevada Fall and 317-foot Vernal Fall to Happy Isles, but you won’t blame anyone for wanting a look at some of America’s finest miles. Yosemite National Park charges an entrance fee, but no permit is needed to visit Happy Isles, so get out and enjoy! Martin and Dorothy drove up to Yosemite with us. Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley. Junction. My cell phone was far easier to access, and that's all I used until getting situated at Sunrise Creek. This scenic spot is the starting point for the Mist Trail, and is also the northern trailhead for the John Muir Trail. This is a moderate one way trail to Little Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park. Dogs and bikes are not allowed. Going down the cables, a lot of people get really uptight and nervous. Hi All, My girlfriend and I have a backcountry permit for Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley in a few weeks. Hike Elevation Total: 2,085 feet Hike Mileage Total: 4.72 miles TRIP REPORT: You can continue on to any campsite along the JMT the following night. I stored my DSLR in my pack, and at that time I wasn't keen on taking it off to reach for the camera, then putting it back on. At GP, the Panorama Trail eventually joins up with the JMT near Nevada Falls and then heads via a relatively flat trail about 1 mile further to the Little Yosemite Valley campsite. Junction to Sapphire Lake, Day 12: Marie Lake to King's Canyon N.P. End: Little Yosemite Valley (LYV) @ 18:00. On the last day of our trek we hiked out of wilderness from Echo Valley to the Happy Isles Trailhead in Yosemite Valley. The campground has a bathroom and food storage boxes. Hikers with other permits are not permitted to camp here. A bathroom is located next to the Happy Isles Shuttle Stop. (^This is how Augie's writings will appear throughout the JMT Diary). The first trail day began with hiking out of the valley from Happy Isles. She came back three  times that night to inspect bear boxes containing backpackers' precious food. About a mile and a half in you will find yourself at the top of Vernal Falls. We had about a liter each, and wished we could’ve had just a bit more. Once you reach the saddle, you’ll have a lot of sun exposure and with the elevation and climbing, it’s easy to get dehydrated. it looks like we have to stay in LYV the first night but there are no rules after that -- you could continue to stay in LYV for the … Below is a Panorama at Clark Point of Broderick Peak, Diving Board, Half Dome, Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls from left to right. Once off the cables (and after kissing the granite), the prospect of a hot dinner and rest put some pep in our step and we ran back to the Little Yosemite Valley campground. The hike ends at the Happy Isles Trailhead where you can pick up the Yosemite Valley shuttle bus or walk the road to your next destination. Happy Isles is a group of small isles in the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley. You’ll have company on the Mist Trail as you descend beside 594-foot Nevada Fall and 317-foot Vernal Fall to Happy Isles, but you won’t blame anyone for wanting a look at some of America’s finest miles. We drove down into the Yosemite Valley midday and finally started the short hike up to Little Yosemite Valley campground in the late afternoon. We set out in unseasonably warm weather, giving us the thought we might not hit much snow. Take it to Little Yosemite Valley, where hordes of Half Dome hopefuls gather for a shot at peak views similar to the ones you just earned (join them if your backcountry permit allows it). To the right, it runs close to the river through coarsely ground granite — difficult to hike in. Highlights: Waterfalls, Valley Views. Shortly, you'll come to a fork and have to pick between the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail. Distance: 5 miles . My first day featured 7 miles and 3,200ft of elevation gain from the car to my campsite, which was right at the junction to the Clouds Rest trail. 7/21 – Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley 3.8 miles. Hey there I will be in Yosemite National Park May 23-28, 2015 and got a trailhead permit reservation for entry at Glacier Point--> Little Yosemite Valley on May 25, 2015 and exit from Little Yosemite --> Happy Isles on May 27, 2015. Augie has a tendency to wax-poetic in writing and in person which made him a great companion for the poetic JMT. Little Yosemite Valley - Key Facts. We followed scores of day hikers up Vernal Falls. While the avalanche danger had decreased significantly, more weather was approaching quickly. it looks like we have to stay in LYV the first night but there are no rules after that -- you could continue to stay in LYV for the duration of your permit or move on as well plan to do. The first trail day began with hiking out of the valley from Happy Isles. Each time rangers scared her off with spotlights and a paintball gun. The trail heading out from Happy Isles. Trailhead: Happy Isles. Yeah - I was pretty terrified, but I did the damn thing. You can catch free shuttle buses from either of these to the Yosemite Lodge. Segment One: Happy Isle to Little Yosemite Valley – Mileage: 4.7 mi. If you’re unfamiliar with this location, it’s an alternate start point to Happy Isles, the more popular trailhead and official start of the JMT. Happy Isles. This option requires you to camp at Little Yosemite Valley on your first night, which is 4.7 miles from the trailhead and 3.5 miles from the Half Dome Junction. The Trail-Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley The Lip of Nevada Falls. Little Yosemite Valley. Looking back, the hike from Little Yosemite Valley was relatively easy. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Try parking at one of the two large lots in the valley - the day-use lot next to Yosemite Village or the Curry Village parking lot. Rangers sprang to action and scared away a large female black bear. I also used to think I could hike just fine without a pair of hiking poles, which I considered the requisite sign of bad knees and getting old. We use to go to Camp Mather on the edge of the park many times when I was a kid, but they never made it into the valley. I lucked out on the full trailhead report and was able to grab a "Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley" permit in the 9-14 day window before my trip. Segment One: Happy Isle to Little Yosemite Valley – Mileage: 4.7 mi. Starting at Happy Isles, most hikers prefer the Mist Trail which leads up the river to the top of Vernal Fall and then to Nevada Fall. My girlfriend and I have a backcountry permit for Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley in a few weeks. To the left, it gets more sun exposure. The scenic hike to Glacier point from Yosemite Valley is over 9.6 miles/15.5 Km round trip. RECOMMENDED ROUTE Yosemit…, CA. Better yet, show up a little earlier and walk; Yosemite Valley is one of the world's best places for a stroll. After finishing the soon-to-be familiar routine of filtering water, cooking, cleaning then packing the bear canister, I attempted to sleep. We had spent the preceding two nights prepping for the trip at Wawona (now known as Big Trees Lodge) on the edge of Yosemite. 37.732575 -119.558716 Photo: Glenn Scofield Williams, CC BY 2.0. Variations for Hikes: While the best and easiest way to hike the Panorama Trail is from Glacier Point down to Happy Isles, you could also do a shorter hike from Glacier Point to Illilouette Fall or Panorama Point and back up again. The trail leading out from Yosemite Valley was paved and somewhat steep. The crowds start off thick, though you’ll find that as you hike farther, and climb higher, less and less people will be seen on the trail. It travels near steep granite cliffs and past both Vernal and Nevada Falls. Permits dictate where to sleep on the first night; for instance, Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley means you must camp in Little Yosemite Valley at established campsites. Log in, Final adjustments before leaving backpacker’s campground, Headwaters of the Merced at Little Yosemite Valley, The tree gives you a taste of how steep this is, Learn about the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Jul 25, 2018 - A recap and guide to the first day on the John Muir Trail, hiking from Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley with a side-trip up Half Dome. View fullsize. Shortly, you'll come to a fork … Little Yosemite Valley is a smaller glacial valley upstream in the Merced River drainage from the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park.The Merced River meanders through the 3.5 mi (5.6 km) long flat valley, draining out over Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall before emptying into the main Yosemite Valley. Elevation Gain: 2,150 feet (655 m) Permit Demand: Very High. We were all excited to start the adventure with a hike up to Nevada Falls from the Happy Isles Trailhead. It will take about six to eight hours and goes up to an elevation of over 3200 feet. Jul 28, 2013 - A recap and guide to the first day on the John Muir Trail, hiking from Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley with a side-trip up Half Dome. Panorama Trail to Little Yosemite Valley is a 21 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. There were lots of people already out hiking although it was only a little after 7 in the morning. AllTrails map of our day: Day 1: Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley. If somehow you manage to become unhappy in Yosemite Valley, Happy Isles should lift your spirits. This scenic spot is the starting point for the Mist Trail, and is also the northern trailhead for the John Muir Trail. I cursed like a sailor the whole way, only biting my tongue when a woman quickly passed me. Reviews. Happy Isles is a group of small isles in the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California, USA.They are located at the easternmost end of the Yosemite Valley floor. Jul 28, 2013 - A recap and guide to the first day on the John Muir Trail, hiking from Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley with a side-trip up Half Dome. Distance: 0.5 miles (0.8 km) round trip from trailhead; 2.5 miles (4 km) round trip starting from Curry Village Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) Elevation Gain: Practically none What's Happy Isles? Take it to Little Yosemite Valley, where hordes of Half Dome hopefuls gather for a shot at peak views similar to the ones you just earned (join them if your backcountry permit allows it). Both lead the final mile to the campground at Little Yosemite Valley. The description below is for the longer hike starting at the Yosemite Valley. In reviewing the permit rules, etc. There’s no reliable water source between Little Yosemite Valley and Half Dome, so plan accordingly. Recent fire in Little Yosemite Valley so very little shade all day. Visiting Glacier Point in Yosemite Valley. We ascended Half Dome in the late afternoon and enjoyed an hour or so on the summit before returning down the cables. Lot's of action on Day 1 of the John Muir Trail. Permits dictate where to sleep on the first night; for instance, Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley means you must camp in Little Yosemite Valley at established campsites. (I must've gotten someone else's cancellation.) To Little Yosemite Valley: Begin your hike at the official starting point of the JMT. Start at Happy Isles trailhead (1232m high) To Vernal Falls: 30 minutes (2.4 kms, 300m elevation gain) To the steps: 15 minutes To Nevada Falls: 30 minutes (5.6 kms, 570m elevation gain, end of the Mist trail) To Little Yosemite Valley: 15 minutes To the Half Dome fork: 1 hour (10kms) Clouds Rest 5h Video from the top of Clouds Rest Little Yosemite Valley, situated between Half Dome, Liberty Cap and the Cascade Cliffs, and straddling the Merced River, is within close proximity of the national park's main valley. 28-mrt-2015 - A recap and guide to the first day on the John Muir Trail, hiking from Happy Isles to Little Yosemite Valley with a side-trip up Half Dome. 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