15 Of The Best Kept Secrets In Yosemite National Park

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National park lovers: vote up the best lesser-known places and activities.

There's definitely something about Yosemite that feels almost magical. This very intriguing national park has a lot of Yosemite hidden gems, and these nature lovers are about to reveal them. Check out the Yosemite secrets and vote up your favorites! 


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    The Clearest Water Ever Witnessed

    From Redditor u/chadridesabike:

    Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Cleanest, clearest water I have ever seen cascading over seemingly endless waterfalls.

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    Evelyn Lake In June

    From Redditor u/alido2boord:

    If you want a hidden gem, you need to go off-trail. My suggestion is to look at a map and look for a random lake away from trails to visit. And perhaps Google the lake to see if it is worth hiking to.

    Otherwise, if you don't mind snow and Tioga Road is open, you can try visiting Evelyn Lake. I went there last June and no other groups were around because there [was] still a good amount of snow.

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    Glacier Point In May

    From Redditor u/robbbbb:

    If you've never been to Yosemite before, May is the PERFECT time for waterfalls. The Mist Trail/John Muir Trail loop is not "underrated," but [they are] popular for a reason (and that reason is... waterfalls!).

    If you want a longer hike and are able to do a car shuttle, park one car in the valley and drive everyone to Glacier Point, and hike the Panorama Trail one-way from Glacier Point to the Valley.

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    The Secret Pools At Chilnualna Falls

    From Redditor u/UplineLove:

    Chilnualna Falls. But if you climb off-trail above the falls, you get a fantastic view and a couple of deep, deep pools hidden in the mountainside.

    Also, North Dome and Ostrander Lake.

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    The Whoa Nellie Deli

    From Redditor u/somedude456:

    On my prior trip, I went to the high country for the first time. I asked others for ideas. Someone said the Whoa Nellie Deli. If you're up in the Tuolumne Meadows area and have a car, it is a MUST for dinner. It's about a 10- to 15-minute very scenic drive to a gas station just off the property. Yes, a gas station, but with a fancy, gourmet-style restaurant inside.

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    Wawona's Golf Course

    From Redditor u/yosemitesquint:

    Hetch Hetchy can be miserably hot and buggy (depending on the time of year), but it's beautiful.

    The hiking around Wawona is idyllic. It's a bonus if you play golf. There's a nine-hole course there. Chilnualna Falls is a great day hike in Wawona.

    Hidden Lake is pretty awesome too. It's near Olmsted Point. Lots of bears there, though. Like, not f*cking around amounts; I wouldn't recommend camping there. Less than a mile walk, though. And rather worth it.