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Old Big Oak Flat Road



8.7 mile 14.1 kilometer point to point
85% Runnable


Ascent: 1,330' 405 m
Descent: -2,194' -669 m
High: 6,020' 1,835 m
Low: 4,009' 1,222 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)


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A long run following portions of the Old Big Oak Flat Road as it heads from Foresta to El Cap.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Winter conditions can sometimes close the middle portion of the trail

Runner Notes

This is can be pretty brutal on a warm day and sections of the old road are covered in talus, i.e. watch your step on the loose rock.


This trail is great to do when temperatures are a bit cooler, as it makes it more comfortable to complete the exposed beginning and end of the trail. It also is more enjoyable, in my opinion, to begin at the parking lot on HWY 120 near Foresta and head into the Yosemite Valley, finishing the trip down the old (partially destroyed by rockslide) road. Doing so allows you to soak in the views up valley, and they are a lot more rewarding than those offered by the descent into the old burned forested into Foresta.

Either way you go, the views of the surrounding mountains and forests are impressive.

Approaching and passing Cascade Creek is a pleasant respite of solace and of shade. Traffic through this section seems to be minimal and the seasonal creeks and towering pines of this middle section of the trail contrast well with the open vastness of the beginning and end.

Flora & Fauna

The slope above Foresta is often covered Lupine and other various flowers in the spring.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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The view toward Yosemite Valley. El Capitan peeks above the ridge line, and Bridalveil Falls can be seen on right hand side.
Mar 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Bridalveil Falls can now be seen through the burned trees on a spring day. This hike shows how the area is recovering from a forest fire.
Mar 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Only a few steps into the trail, the scenery is already beautiful.
Jan 2, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
Looking back toward Big Oak Flat Road back toward El Portal.
Mar 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
The Big Meadow Fire started as a prescribed burn in August 2009, but grew out of control.  The damage you see in this shot is the result of that burn.
Mar 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Here you come to Tamarack Creek that must be crossed.  It's an easy rock hop when the water is down, but in the spring when the snow is melting, it can be trickier to cross.
Mar 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA


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