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Staff Picks

Yosemite Conservancy Staff love to share our favorite park tips

Staff Picks

Most of our staff works in Yosemite, and we have a deep love for the park. We also love to share our passion with visitors. After all, when your work involves hiking some of the world’s most beautiful trails, bonding (from a distance) with bears and singing with songbirds, you are bound to uncover some great secrets. These are a few of our favorite things.

Yosemite Conservancy staff member Claire Meyler recommends the Mirror Lake Loop

“Mirror Lake is a beautiful, peaceful place to explore at any time of year.”

Yosemite Conservancy staff member Jaime Henion recommends The Ahwahnee Hotel.

"Every season at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel displays a new element of beauty to behold."

Yosemite Conservancy staff member Carolyn Botell recommends the hike to Chinualna Falls for beautiful views.

“Chilnualna Falls is a great hike, with views well-worth the effort.”

Enjoy great views at Yosemite's Inspiration point.

"The view from Inspiration Point is one of the planet’s more astounding sights. It’s much like the Tunnel View panorama but you’re way above the noise of cars and buses and quite likely to have it all to yourself."

Explore Yosemite Valley's west end.

"Leave the crowds behind and explore the many cultural and natural wonders of Yosemite Valley's west end."

Cook’s Meadow to the East Valley Loop Trail

“At dawn or dusk, you feel like the Valley is your own private wonderland.“