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.”

Tuolumne Fall in Yosemite’s Glen Aulin area.

“The Eastern Sierra has it all; beautiful granite mountains, countless falls formed by the Tuolumne River and gorgeous alpine lakes.”

Travel with your dog to Yosemite by planning ahead

"Yosemite Valley is a lovely place to visit with a dog in tow."

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.“

challenge yourself to climb Yosemite's panorama trail

“Heart pumping, muscle burning, hump up above Yosemite Valley with the reward of beautiful views all the way”

Hike Yosemite Falls

“Hike this Yosemite icon when the water is flowing!”