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If you did not bring your bike, you can rent one from the many rental places at Yosemite or outside Yosemite.
Additionally, Yosemite now offers a bike share program, allowing visitors to borrow bikes for short trips of up to two hours, perfect for those who want a quick ride around the valley. See the full details here.
On one of my bike trips, I started from Camp 4 – next to Yosemite Valley Lodge and headed towards Yosemite Falls.
Remember, helmets are required by law for children under 18 years of age, so ensure your little ones are equipped.
After you visit the fall, continue your ride going towards Yosemite Village. You can stop here to pick up some snacks, water, or supplies.
The village is a great place to take a break and enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley.
From the village, follow the signs towards the Ahwahnee Hotel. You can admire the architecture from outside in passing or you can walk in for a more intimate tour. The hotel's unique design and historical significance make it a must-see on your trip.
If you brought your own bike, you can continue to the lake - but rented bikes must be parked at the trailhead.
Note: E-bikes are allowed on the trails, as long as they have fully operable pedals and electric motors less than 750 watts (1 horsepower).
It is called Mirror Lake because at its peak – in springtime – you can see reflections of Half Dome in the clear waters. It might be less impressive during summer, but it still offers a tranquil spot to relax.
After spending some time at the lake, take the south fork of the bike trail towards Happy Isles. You will be able to stop at the Isles Nature Center or take a hike on the Mist Trail. This area is rich in natural beauty and offers a chance to learn more about the park's diverse ecosystem.
The next stop on your route is Curry Village. At the recreation center, you can rent a raft and spend an hour or two drifting down the river. At the bottom of the 3-mile rafting route, you can ride a free tram back to the rental place. The best times for rafting the Merced River are May to July.
After your leisurely break, hop back on the bike and continue your ride toward the Chapel. At the chapel, you can either cross the bridge and head back to Yosemite Lodge, or you can continue to the swinging bridge before turning towards your starting point.
This bike trip could take you between 4 hours and a full day, depending on your breaks and stops. It is almost guaranteed that you will stop a lot to take in the wonderful views along the way and take lots of photos.
Remember, the speed limit on bike paths is 15 mph, so take your time and enjoy the journey!