Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park
Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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I'm of average fitness (can run 5km) - and found this hike a challenging one on the way up. It's all incline (seems obvious) but it's 7.5km of incline! Well worth it though with great views and a feel... read more »
I have done 6 hiking trails in Yosemite and the Four Mile trail from Yosemite Valley up to the Glacier Point was by far the most beautiful (but also one of the toughest) I have done. From the valley i... read more »
After reading reviews that said it was 'strenuous' we decided to get bus to the top of Glacier Point and then walk down the trail as we thought that would be more manageable. The trail is quite steep ... read more »
Spectacular views on the way up 4 mile trail- I recommend doing sentinel Dome which is only 1.5 from Glacier Point.
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.
Good and fun hike while seeing various views of Yosemite Fall. One way is about 2.5 hours.
tough hike at parts but the view can't be beaten at the top. way up took me about 2.25 hours, about an hour less on the way back down.
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.
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