The reason we loved Yosemite NP was not only the incredible landscape but also the amount of hiking trials. Many things have changed since Liam (8 months in this trip) was born, but we also look for the ways to keep doing what we love. Today I want to share how we were hiking with a baby in Yosemite NP.
From Yosemite Valley there are a lot of trails, from easy, like Bridalveil Fall Trail, Lower Yosemite Fall Trail or Cook’s Meadow Loop, to strenuous, like Snow Creek Trail, Four Mile Trail strenuous, Half Dome Trail.
He first wanted to do the Mirror Lake Loop but someone told us that there was no water in the lake and that it’s a mistake to call it mirror lake as you don’t see any reflection. At the end we choose the Vernal Fall trail, which part of it is easy and part of it is strenuous.
The first part of the trail takes you to the Vernal Fall Footbridge. This part is easy and accessible, but also uphill.
After the footbridge it starts the strenuous part: a steep granite stairway of over 600 steps. I need to admit that my fitness condition was quite low as I haven’t been doing any sport in the last year. When we were on the last part, there the stairs were also narrow (there was a railing to avoid people falling) and high, I was feeling quite tired and asking myself I will make it to the top of the fall.
Well, at the end we reached the top! It was hard, but many hikers were encouraging me with phrases like “you rock!” or “go mom!” 🙂
The views from the top were awesome ad really worth the effort.
On the way back, we even got more cheering and “ohhhhh”s and “cute!” as Liam felt asleep as soon as I put him back in our by kay mei tai. It was the first time I was hiking with him in such an uneven terrain and I felt more comfortable carrying him on the back on the way up and on the front on the way down. It worked out perfectly, it helped me to keep a good balance.
Overall it was a great hike and we would definitely recommend it. We would have followed the trail to the top of the Nevada fall but we had to come back to the campground to change our camping spot 🙁
Do you hike with your baby? Have you been hiking with a baby in yosemite np? would you do it?