Non-Strenuous Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on earth, but some of the hikes can be really hard for someone who has limited mobility or isn't in great shape. We've had some family come out and be intimidated at the idea of going because they feel like they wont be able to see a lot, so here's a list for anyone who wants a less strenuous Yosemite trip.

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Glacier Point

Very busy, but it's for a reason. Some of the best views of the valley. Truly incredible to stand up here and look at the landscape. Close parking (fills up early) and accessible, flat trails to most views (about 10ish minutes from parking lot). Easy for anyone to enjoy.

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Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove has a series of accessible trails that lets you walk around some of the largest living things on earth: Giant Sequoias. Look up the free guided tour, which takes you from the welcome lot to the Grizzly Giant. Totally accessibly for people of all abilities, and about 90 minute tour. I’d recommend doing this on your last morning, as it’s near the south exit of the park.

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Sentinel Dome

My favorite place to watch the sunset in the park. Drive up towards glacier point and you’ll see cars pulled off the road about 25 minutes from the bottom of the road. The walk to Sentinel is about 15-20 mins and moderate, but doable for most people. Actually climbing the dome is steep but quick. If you can't climb the dome, there are great places to sit near it with spectacular views. Take a picnic for sunset. The views are worth it.

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Starry Night Skies Tour

On a clear night, this $10 tour is incredible. You meet at a bus stop near Yosemite Valley Lodge and walk into a field, where they provide tarps and blankets, and lie down as a guide tells stories about how the stars are connected to Yosemite. We loved it. Very easy, wonderful tour.

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Tenaya Lake

This lake is so gorgeous it looks fake. Very accessible (basically park right next to it) and easy to walk around and even walk in. It's very shallow for a while. If you head over to Tuolumne Meadows, it's a must stop.

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Tuolumne Meadows

The biggest issue with Tuolumne Meadows is the drive. If you're staying in the valley, it can take hours to get over here. But, once you do, it's gorgeous, all flat, and very easy to walk around.

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Valley Floor Tour

A 2-3 hour open-air tram tour of Yosemite Valley and up to Tunnel View. I've done this twice with different groups and always loved it. Easy for anyone because the majority of the time, you're sitting on the open air bus. If you're going during the hotter months, wear sunscreen and avoid the mid day tours.

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Yosemite Falls Trailhead

This is a short, simple "hike" (more of a walk) that has a nice payoff. If you're in the valley when the falls are flowing, this hike gets you a great view of the waterfall. Easy for anyone.

Glacier Point

Very busy, but it's for a reason. Some of the best views of the valley. Truly incredible to stand up here and look at the landscape. Close parking (fills up early) and accessible, flat trails to most views (about 10ish minutes from parking lot). Easy for anyone to enjoy.

Mariposa Grove

Mariposa Grove has a series of accessible trails that lets you walk around some of the largest living things on earth: Giant Sequoias. Look up the free guided tour, which takes you from the welcome lot to the Grizzly Giant. Totally accessibly for people of all abilities, and about 90 minute tour. I’d recommend doing this on your last morning, as it’s near the south exit of the park.

Sentinel Dome

My favorite place to watch the sunset in the park. Drive up towards glacier point and you’ll see cars pulled off the road about 25 minutes from the bottom of the road. The walk to Sentinel is about 15-20 mins and moderate, but doable for most people. Actually climbing the dome is steep but quick. If you can't climb the dome, there are great places to sit near it with spectacular views. Take a picnic for sunset. The views are worth it.

Starry Night Skies Tour

On a clear night, this $10 tour is incredible. You meet at a bus stop near Yosemite Valley Lodge and walk into a field, where they provide tarps and blankets, and lie down as a guide tells stories about how the stars are connected to Yosemite. We loved it. Very easy, wonderful tour.

Tenaya Lake

This lake is so gorgeous it looks fake. Very accessible (basically park right next to it) and easy to walk around and even walk in. It's very shallow for a while. If you head over to Tuolumne Meadows, it's a must stop.

Tuolumne Meadows

The biggest issue with Tuolumne Meadows is the drive. If you're staying in the valley, it can take hours to get over here. But, once you do, it's gorgeous, all flat, and very easy to walk around.

Valley Floor Tour

A 2-3 hour open-air tram tour of Yosemite Valley and up to Tunnel View. I've done this twice with different groups and always loved it. Easy for anyone because the majority of the time, you're sitting on the open air bus. If you're going during the hotter months, wear sunscreen and avoid the mid day tours.

Yosemite Falls Trailhead

This is a short, simple "hike" (more of a walk) that has a nice payoff. If you're in the valley when the falls are flowing, this hike gets you a great view of the waterfall. Easy for anyone.