Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • Riding among the Ponderosa pines in Yosemite Valley.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Heading west on the valley floor bike path near Yosemite Village.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Quick glimpse of Upper Yosemite Falls from the bike path.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Lower Yosemite Falls.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Biker's view of Upper Yosemite Falls.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Sentinel Rock from Northside Drive.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Riding alongside Leidig Meadow.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Leidig Meadow as seen from Northside Drive.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Fall colors along Northside Drive.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • El Captian towering above the trees along Northside Drive.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • A tranquil Merced River as seen from Northside Drive.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Sentinel Rock reflections.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • The big walls of El Capitan as seen from El Capitan Meadow.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Climbers' portaledges hanging off El Capitan.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • The Merced River from El Capitan Bridge.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Heading east along Southside Drive.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Upper Yosemite Falls, Sentinel Meadow and the Merced River share the autum afternoon light.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Riding through Cook Meadow with Half Dome above.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • An American elm (Ulmus americana) standing proudly in Cook Meadow.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
  • Fall colors below Upper Yosemite Falls.- Yosemite Valley Bicycle Loop
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great way to sightsee and cover the valley landmarks. Don't have to deal with parking.
Cons: 
Bike path network is limited. Must share roads with cars.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
20.50 mi (32.99 km)
Terrain Difficulty: 
GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 
4,000 ft (1,219 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
50 ft (15 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed?: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Exploring Yosemite Valley by bicycle opens a world of possibilities that aren't afforded by car. In addition to having an endless supply of bike parking (you can pull off just about anywhere), you have the open air freedom to take in the scenery while cruising and can stop on a whim to tour an a magnificent meadow, gaze up at granite monoliths, or warm up in front of a fire at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.

The heart of the floor of Yosemite Valley, from Bridalveil Meadow in the west to Mirror Lake below Half Dome in the east, is over 7 miles one way connected by  roads, bike paths and walking paths. It's a daunting round trip by foot but a cinch on a bike. Views to most of Yosemite Valley's famous granite landmarks fall within this area, as does access to many of the waterfalls, meadows, and the scenic Merced River banks and bridges. Touring by bike makes access to all of this easy and feasible within a portion of a day. Consider side trips to Mirror Lake, The Ahwahnee, Lower Yosemite Falls, Leidig Meadow, Sentinel Bridge, Hanging Bridge, Bridalveil Meadow and El Capitan Meadow. And you are sure to be drawn in elsewhere for worthwhile detours!

The eastern third of the valley is setup to be very biker friendly with a network of bike and walking paths separate from the roads. As you head west, the bike paths end and cyclists share Northside and Southside Drive with automobiles. If you are not already staying in the valley and parked at a campground or lodge/hotel, there is central parking at Yosemite Village, Yosemite Lodge and at the Happy Isles Trail Parking area from which you can begin your bike tour. Many variations of loops exist. Don’t forget to bring a lock to leave your bike for side excursions.

If you didn't bring a bike of your own, not to worry. Bikes can be rented at multiple locations throughout the valley including Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge.

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