Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park

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Climb an elevation of 1,000 m (3,200 feet) to experience commanding views of some of Yosemite's most iconic features, on Four Mile Trail. The modern trail within Yosemite National Park follows the path of a 19th century toll trail, from which it takes its name (though today it covers a distance closer to five miles). The trail offers excellent views of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls, as well as the park's icons, El Capitan and Half Dome. A side trail along the way takes you to Union Point, which offesr more views of the valley. The steep, partially paved path presents a strenuous challenge--experts recommend starting early in the day because there's not much shade on top, and the round trip can take six to eight hours. Be aware that the trail can close after heavy snowfall. To visit Four Mile Trail on your trip to Yosemite National Park, use our Yosemite National Park itinerary planner.
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  • August 11, 2017
    This is a strenuous trail due to the steep elevation gain from the valley floor to Glacier Point. Unless you are looking for the workout there's no particular reason to try it. However it's worth gett...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    My family and I enjoyed descending from Glacier Point down this trail during our recent stay in the park. While not a good option for young children because of the length and nature of the hiking, kid...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    We hiked to Glacier Point from Sentinel Dome parking ( some 2-2,5 hours ) and then our kids took the hike DOWN from Glacier Point, so the other way that most people do. Great hike, wonderful views and...  more »

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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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