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Hidden Gems in Yosemite National Park

One of the most famous national parks in the United States, Yosemite is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. From granite cliffs to giant sequoia trees, it’s no question why this national park is so popular. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, you’ll want to visit some of Yosemite’s off the beaten path destinations.

Tuolumne Grove

A quieter alternative to popular Mariposa Grove, Tuolumne Grove offers a peaceful place to wander among giant sequoias undisturbed. Experience these ancient redwoods firsthand with a visit to this unique grove, and walk through the tunnel formed inside the base of one of these massive trees.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Created by the Tuolumne River’s O’Shaughnessy Dam, the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is a stunning body of water framed by breathtaking granite rock faces. The dam famously provides some of the cleanest water in the United States. This beautiful reservoir is a hidden gem certainly worth visiting!

May Lake

Scenic May Lake is located in the heart of Yosemite and is often overlooked by park visitors. A steep but quick hike, you’ll be rewarded with fantastic views and a picnic lunch if you decide to make the trek.

Olmsted Point

A short and picturesque quarter-mile hike, Olmsted Point provides magnificent views over Tenaya Canyon and Yosemite Valley. This low-effort trek is well worth it to see unique glacial erratics and dramatic panoramic views. 

Rancheria Falls

These lesser-known waterfalls are absolutely stunning, and can be reached via a hike beginning along the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. These impressive falls are a string of cascades instead of a single vertical drop, making their power overwhelmingly beautiful. 

Soda Springs

Located in Tuolumne Meadows, you’ll find these rare mineral springs enclosed by a wooden structure. The carbonated waters will bubble before your eyes in the heart of Yosemite’s lush green meadows. Soda Springs are an interesting and worthwhile hidden gem to explore.