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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  • Got up before sunrise one morning and hiked to Glacier point and back down with a friend. Awesome trail, would have loved to have had more time to continue to the panorama trail. The trail is beautifu...  more »
  • This hike is beautiful! You can walk up to Glacier Point, walk down from Glacier Point, or simply do a round-trip. Since we didn't have a car, we took a Yosemite Bus Tour up to Glacier Point and then ...  more »
  • 4.6 miles and good 1000 metres from the Valley in the Yousemite up to the glacier point. The steam goes out who he runs only up to Union point (only 3 miles). Here, the rush of people is manageable and makes the Yousemite experience.
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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

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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