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Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

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Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

We will be in staying at the YVL next week on Tuesday and Wednesday night. We are bringing our electric bikes with us. I know there is a bike path in the Valley. I keep reading that without the shuttle system parking spaces will be limited and difficult to find. So I am wondering if there are any easy trail heads we can bike to? Are there bike racks to lock up the our bikes? Is it safe to leaved a locked bike? Any advice thoughts on what we can do with the bikes is appreciated.

We are 70 year old and hope to do some easy hikes and see some water falls. Would like to try to do Mist trail to the bridge and wonder how difficult that really is. I have trekking poles that helped a lot last month at Arches NP! Suggestions please.

Last question - where is a good place to see the sunset in the Valley? where is good place to see sunrise?

thanks for the help, Linda

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1. Re: Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

Here is some info and bike map for Yosemite


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2. Re: Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

Here is the bike path map provided by Yosemite National Park:


The thicker, dark-brown colored curves are the main roads. The thinner, lighter-green colored, solid curves are the bike paths. The park said:


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E-bikes with two or three wheels, fully operable pedals, and electric motors less than 750 watts (1 horsepower) are allowed everywhere bicycles are allowed.

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There may be bike racks available at major trailheads. Not sure if everyone of them has one.

The bike racks will probably look something like this (link below). This one is outside the Nature Center at Happy Isles. I think you can park here and walk to the Vernal Falls footbridge. From Happy Isle, it is about 1 mile. Slightly uphill. Just slightly.


I can't advise if parking bikes there is safe. I think it would be all right if you do this during day time where lots of visitors are around and you won't be away for too long. It is for you to evaluate.

You can also e-bike to Mirror Lake, and crosses a couple of footbridges too.

e.g. Swinging Bridge near Yosemite Valley Lodge:


Using the main roads, you can also e-bike to The Ahwahnee Hotel, and a couple of picnic areas by the Merced River and have a picnic.

Sentinel Beach Picnic Area: (Map Location and Pictures)


Cathedral Beach Picnic Area: (Map Location and Pictures)


But note that the South Side Drive (going into Yosemite Village) and North Side Drive (leaving Yosemite Village) are one-way roads.

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3. Re: Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

If you are choosing to ride your personal bikes on the road, be very aware of traffic. Drivers around you might be

- distracted by the amazing views

- driving a big RV for the first time

- unaware of how close they are to bikes

- unaware that cyclists are allowed on the roads on their own bikes


The first part of the Mist Trail / JMT from the road to the Vernal Fall Footbridge is paved and about 400' elevation gain. As the Valley Floor is 4,000' elevation, this elevation gain in 0.8 mile is challenging for some folks.

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4. Re: Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

I do not recommend this but when we were once visiting and I was out at night (~ 2 to 4 am) at the Ahwahnee Meadow imaging the Milky Way people were out riding their bikes in the pitch black on Northside Drive. The only other traffic I saw that night was a ranger who keep circling around the valley in his truck. It was nice to know he was out there working in the park when people were out and about.

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5. Re: Bicycling in Yosemite Valley

Fyi there has been an uptick in bike theft in Yosemite valley over time. It's not super common but it does happen from time to time so make sure you have a good lock on your bike. (This doesn't apply to rentals cause...that's not typically a problem)

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