Yosemite Loop – Snow Creek to North Dome to Yosemite Point and Upper Yosemite Falls
This route is largely just about Half Dome and the views of the valley below. It’s a relatively short route, but scenic enough to hold your interest for a day or two. We took 3 days to cover the 26 mile journey, which afforded some time for catch and release fly fishing and bonus routes to North Dome, Yosemite Point, etc. It can be performed as a point-to-point like we did (we easily hitch hiked to retrieve the cars), or it can be made into a loop by taking portions of Tioga Road and Old Tioga Road (which will get you off the busy road. If you’re going to do it as a Point to Point, you can plan ahead by taking the shuttle bus. This route does not feel like a true back country adventure, but it should be satisfactory for people seeking easy trails and a great campsite with views of Half Dome. One advantage to this route in the high season is that it is easier to get permits for this trailhead.