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. Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • We only spent 1 day in Yosemite Park and this was our first hike. While it's says '4 miles' it is actually closer to 5 miles to get to the summit at Glacier Point, an elevation climb of 3,200... 
    We only spent 1 day in Yosemite Park and this was our first hike. While it's says '4 miles' it is actually closer to 5 miles to get to the summit at Glacier Point, an elevation climb of 3,200...  more »
  • This is a steep trail that is narrow in some spots. Views were amazing. Not overly crowded when we did it. Take you r time and enjoy the views. 
    This is a steep trail that is narrow in some spots. Views were amazing. Not overly crowded when we did it. Take you r time and enjoy the views.  more »
  • This was a strenuous and rewarding hike! This was my first hike while visiting Yosemite for the first time!! I love morning hikes as there is less traffic and you really get to enjoy the peaceful... 
    This was a strenuous and rewarding hike! This was my first hike while visiting Yosemite for the first time!! I love morning hikes as there is less traffic and you really get to enjoy the peaceful...  more »
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  • Bring a bug net! At least if you are going in summer. Trekking poles were also a life saver. This trail definitely deserves the “strenuous” accolade, but it is certainly doable! Try to go early to avoid the direct sun on the way down.
  • Excellent views throughout the hike! Be prepared for steep continuous switchbacks. It was amazing getting up to Glacier Point without the crowds (since the road is under construction). Hiking poles will help for the steep hike back down to the valley. Some parts get slippery with the small loose gravel, so be careful! I slipped a couple times.
  • Difficult when going upstairs. Takes 2 hours (sporty people) - 3 hours (slow walkers) to go up. Providing beautiful views. Wide path, very safe. Just a few people (we got up very early to.prevent crowds however.the trail was nearly empty (July)
  • I can’t put into words how breathtaking this hike was. We arrived for 07:30 to beat the crowds to park and to avoid too much sun (it’s July) took us just over 2 hours to reach the top (I would give it 3 with breaks). It is all up hill but wow is it worth it. Such a view. There is no transport down so we got to the top viewed half dome and surrounding (sunning) then headed down. It’s tough terrain but we maned in our new balance. There is a store and gift shop at the top. Well worth it. You’ll see El Capitan, 1/2 dome, Yosemite falls, Royal Arches and much more . Total time up and down for us (with a 30 min food a view stop at the top) was was 5 hours. In summer take plenty of water, a hat, sun cream, sun glasses and some snacks.
  • Such a beautiful hike. They told us it is an strenuous hike but I think it is more like a moderate one, at least for european standards. We did it round trip in 6h. Just remember to bring enough water. We saw a rattle snake on the way up but don’t get discouraged, just be alert. Snakes normally don’t bite unless they feel threatened or if you step on them by mistake. There is a shop at the top where you can refill your water bottles, buy drinks, food and souvenirs.

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