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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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  • This is a shorter path to Glacier Point (and more steep compared to the Panorama Trail). For moderate sports people need to take enough water. -Some of the best views in the Valley.
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  • The views were so great, so many levels, but 4000 feet up and down is a bit much. Maybe go to the top and descend a mile or so for the best views. 
  • The 4 mile trail is one of my favorite assents from the Yosemite Valley Floor. It also provides a great op for some great picture taking along the way (especially when linked with the Panorama trail)....  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.