This small section of the Yosemite Valley Loop Trail brings you out into the valley just east of El Capitan Meadow where you get amazing views of El Capitan directly above you and Half Dome and the rest of Yosemite Valley to your east. This is just a 1.2 mile out and back/loop combo section of the trail, but it's likely one of the best short and accessible hikes in the Valley that gives you 360 degree views of what Yosemite has to offer.
The best part about this trail is that it's lightly trafficked - you likely won't see anyone else on this trail other than the day hikers completing the valley loop. For the seclusion of the valley and views of El Capitan and Half Dome, this is likely one of the best trails at Yosemite.
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