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Columbia Rock Hike

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Yosemite Valley.- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Half Dome.- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Yosemite Valley.- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Upper Yosemite Falls (1,430').- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Upper Yosemite Falls (1,430').- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Yosemite Valley Chapel.- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: View of Half Dome.- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: Half Dome's base.- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: Distant view of Mount Clark (11,522')- Columbia Rock Hike
  • Columbia Rock Hike: Middle Brother at sunset.- Columbia Rock Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views of Yosemite Valley.
Cons: 
Arduous and steep switchback trail.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
3,967 ft (1,209 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,000 ft (305 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Departing from the north edge of Yosemite Valley, the hike up to Columbia Rock ends at the ideal location to sit, catch your breath, unwind from the day, and take in the impressive views of the valley at sunset.

Short and steep, the hike up to Columbia Rock offers a less time consuming and less strenuous option than to climb the entire route to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls (with 2,600 feet of elevation gain), and you can get high enough above the valley floor to get an extensive view of Yosemite National Park's incredible geography. However, this short hike shouldn't be taken too casually. The trail has over three dozen switchbacks along the 1,000-foot ascent, and it's significantly steeper than Glacier Point's Four Mile Trail.

Once you've reached Columbia Rock, with sufficient time and ambition it's an additional 2.3 miles to the top of 1,430-foot Upper Yosemite Falls, and in our view going the full distance is worth the effort.

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(8 within a 30 mile radius)

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