Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Having done this twice during a very wet year (2017) and a very dry year (2020), I can say that it is a two at times and a five at others. From a pure climbing perspective, it is awful - truly...  more »
  • My ten year old son and I went for a long day-hike on a short day. The forecast calls for snow in both the high country and the valley tomorrow so we wanted to squeeze in one last epic hike this...  more »
  • Beautiful hike. Very strenuous and lengthy. We left the car around 0900 and didn’t get back until 530pm. Having to stop multiple times. All uphill one way and all down hill the other. Downhill seemed....  more »
  • 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)
  • One of our favourite hikes in Yosemite. It took us roughly 2-3 hours to get up the trail. Can be a bit steep at times but the incredible views make it worthwhile! Heads up - Beware of rattlesnakes. Xo Kazza Reviews
  • 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.
  • This is a fantastic hike that goes through the heart of Yosemite Valley and offers some of the best photo spots in the park. You can start at the top of the trail by driving to Glacier Point and working your way down. But for the real experience you can start at the bottom at the base of El Capitan and walk five mile up and then back down. Round trip will take you several hours (between 6 and 10) and is best to set aside a full day.

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