This is the epitome of “for all ages and skillsets” hikes, as there are multiple routes you can take to get to this beautiful Canyon. Filled with pretty scenery, including some nice bridges, river crossings, and more, Lyell Canyon is certainly a hike that you may want to try out, particularly if you’ve seen most of what Yosemite has to offer. Honestly, though, the true draw is the fact that you can make this hike whatever you want it to be, depending on how ambitious you are feeling. You can make it difficult, you can make it quick and easy, no matter what you want, Lyell Canyon can offer it. Just don’t expect to be absolutely blown away by the scenery while you are doing it!
When we talk about “molding your experience” this is what we are referring to. You can either make this a 1.4 mile round trip hike—quick, easy, and fun—or you can turn this into a 24 mile marathon hike that takes the entire day. Needless to say, you will need to prepare if you want to be adventurous; but, don’t worry too much if you are just there for the views, as 1.6 miles is not too difficult to complete.
1.6 miles is obviously a very easy hike to complete, so don’t worry too much about difficulty (especially since the hike is also pretty tame by Yosemite standards). But, it goes without saying that a 24 mile hike is extremely strenuous, and something you shouldn’t try unless you are an avid hiker, or if you are confident in your skills.
Best Time to Visit
Just make sure you visit during the open period, which is June – October. Other than that, if you want to see green meadows or extremely watery rivers, then try for June and July. This is when everything is at its most picturesque.