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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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  • The most rewarding path to get to Glacier Point is by walking up the 4 mile trail which is accessed from the Valley floor on Southside Drive. The trail head is just a 3 minute walk south of the Swingi...  more »
  • The Four Mile Trail is four miles all the way up to Glacier Point. It is a very strenuous climb on dozens and dozens of switchbacks. Be sure to bring enough water and food. It will take hours to get t...  more »
  • This was a moderately difficult trail due to it constant elevation changes. It is a continuous uphill or downhill climb. Your view of Yosemite Valley is breathtaking, but the trail does not meander mu...  more »
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  • One of the best hikes from the valley floor to the top and back. It is vertical and steep due to elevation gained per feet. So be prepared physically and mentally...
  • Spectacular views on the way up 4 mile trail- I recommend doing sentinel Dome which is only 1.5 from Glacier Point.
  • Good and fun hike while seeing various views of Yosemite Fall. One way is about 2.5 hours.
  • Mostly uphill, with rewarding views towards the top. Hiking down to the valley is a much easier route -- consider that as a return option back to camp.
  • It takes about 4 and half hours to round trip to Glacier point. Not easy. And, strongly recommend to start here before 2PM. Because if you are beginner and slow, don't use it. When you back from Glacier point, you should leave here at 4 PM at least.