Hike the Valley Loop Trail

Short on time or funds? Using the Yosemite Area Rapid Transit System (YARTS) and the free Park shuttles, it’s possible to experience Yosemite in a day for under $100 per adult. This is one of five single-day "Yosemite on a Shoestring" excursions featured on this map that is accessible from the Merced area. Link them together for a multi-day adventure, or check out the longer Trip Ideas for more options.

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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
Natural Area | National Park or Monument
Ride YARTS from Merced Transpo (7am) or Merced Amtrak (7:10am), and arrive at Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 9:47am

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is a regularly scheduled, fixed route, public transit system that operates year-round in the Yosemite region. YARTS provides service into Yosemite National…

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Yosemite Valley Loop
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Yosemite Valley Loop
Outdoor Adventures | Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Hike the Yosemite Valley Loop. The trailhead begins at Lower Yosemite Fall, just behind the Valley Visitor Center. The full loop is 11.5 miles, taking 5-7 hours, and the half loop is 7.2 miles, taking 2.5-3.5 hours. The trail is mostly level for the entire loop, but route-finding can be difficult in places, so it is best to bring a map with you (even a simple day hiking brochure from the visitor center) as it will orient you with the various landforms in the Valley, which are often listed on the trail/directional signs. Restrooms are available at the trailhead near the start of the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail. Vault toilets are also available at the Bridalveil Fall parking area and Swinging Bridge Picnic Area. Eat your packed lunch along the trail wherever you find your perfect lunch spot.

This trail loops across the Valley floor of Yosemite National Park taking in some of it’s most famous sights whilst getting away from the crowds. This is an excellent hike for those wanting to appreciate the beauty of Yosemite without having to…

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Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
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Both the full and half loop will take you back to the Valley Visitor Center, where you can pick up a quick dinner before the journey home from one of the several budget-friendly restaurants such as Degnan’s Deli.

Degnans Deli, Cafe and Loft are located in the centre of Yosemite Village. These conveniently located restaurants provide reasonably priced snacks and meals for visitors to the Valley.

Dengan's Deli serves sandwiches prepared on site,…

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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
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Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
Natural Area | National Park or Monument
Hop back on the YARTS bus at the Valley Visitor Center at 5:55pm, and return to the Merced Amtrak station at 8:27pm or the Merced Transpo station at 8:37pm.

The Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) is a regularly scheduled, fixed route, public transit system that operates year-round in the Yosemite region. YARTS provides service into Yosemite National…

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1 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)
2 Yosemite Valley Loop
3 Degnan's Deli, Cafe and Loft Yosemite Village
4 Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)