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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  • At a sedate but constant pace, yesterday this was 2.5h up and 2h down (not including spending an hour or two at the top and at Union Point en route). The trail is all very good--never clambering. Half...  more »
  • To hike up to glacier point it was 4.6 miles each way, with 3200ft elevation. Since the road is closed in the winter going up to glacier point, hiking up this trail is only way to get to the iconic vi...  more »
  • The 4 mile trail (which is really more like 5 miles each way) was the highlight of our Yosemite trip. We stayed in the Half Dome Village and took the bus as close as we could get to the trailhead. The...  more »
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