Four Mile Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.
The Four Mile Trail switchbacks 3200 feet down and 4.8 miles one-way from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, providing wonderful views of the valley. See Half Dome, North Dome, El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, the Royal Arches, and full views of Yosemite Falls. From the top, the trail is fairly flat for the first mile, then hits relentless switchbacks at the reverse Tunnel View and then along cliffside views to Union Point at the 1.8 mile mark, that then take you into the trees and down to the valley floor near the Swinging Bridge. Views are more spectacular closer to the top of the trail such that if you don't want to go the whole trail in both directions and have transportation (bus or private car) to or from the top, you can hike a partial way down from the top to the switchbacks and the reverse Tunnel View, taking in the best views. The end of the trail puts you at the visitor center at Glacier point. The trip down, while not as strenuous as the trip up, requires your attention due to the decomposed granite. The trail can be very slippery. More info: http://www.yosemitehikes.com/yosemite-valley/four-mile-trail/four-mile-trail.htm
Beautiful. But when we got to the top. We were in cloud cover. So glacier point looked like nothing. Cleared up on the way down. Union point was a good side trail. Yosemite is awesome. Bring water. Or eat the snow like I did. It works.
A bit on the brutal side, but that's my kind of hike! Really enjoyed the elevation gain along with the great views.
Tough hike when we did it mid November with a storm rolling in. However, that was what we were excited about. We arrived just before nightfall, and the storm, spent about 30 mins and headed out as it got dark and really started coming down. Carrying 50 lb. camera bags didn't make it easy, it's pretty much short vertical cutbacks for a very large portion of the hike, but we got to the top, especially in that moment, was unforgettable and completely worth it. So glad we went when you couldn't just drive up there. We were also completely alone.
Every turn was beautiful but it wasn't easy! We hiked Bottom to top and back down in August! Was worth every minute!
As always beautiful, mesmerizing views of yosemite valley, yosemite falls and half dome with decent amount of snow! Enjoyed!
Amazing views! A bit cold if you start in the AM during fall because the sun doesn't hit the side of the valley until afternoon, but you'll definitely sweat. At least I did. I sweat a lot though. A lot of elevation in a short hike, great workout!
The hike is a pretty easy hike wise meaning you don't have to jump but it is hard in a sense that you gain a lot of elevation and the distance. We were hoping that when we get to glacier point there would be shuttle buses to take us down. Unfortunately the buses weren't running and we ended up walking down the same path. It took almost 4 hours to go up and 2 hours to walk down. We weren't a group of serious hikers but going slow it wasn't very bad to finish it and the gorgeous views you will see after going up about a mile markers the hike really fun. I definitely recommend the hike to everybody who goes to Yosemite.
We deserved the view. Very nice trail and good pitch!
The views of Yosemite Falls, Valley and Half Dome were outstanding almost the whole way up and down. The actual hiking part is nothing special in my opinion, you're walking on partially paved switchback for more than half the trip, feels weird if you're used to real hiking. We included the peak of Sentinel Dome and came back down four mile trail. It took us about 8h total with a 20-30 min break at Glacier Point and 10 min of pics on Sentinel Dome.
Good views during the hike. Solid workout: pretty much a steady, evenly sloped climb for the entire 4 miles.
I wasn't a huge fan of though, because when you reach the top and hit Glacier Point, you find yourself in a swarm of people that just pulled up in their buses and cars, smoking cigarettes and pushing strollers. Not exactly what I want to experience when summiting something... the trail itself had little traffic though, to be fair.
To check out photos of this hike, go to my Instagram at: ahaler1
Great hike. Mildly strenuous for me, (occasional weekend hiker with concern for knees, hamstring)
Ascent: Great views of Half Dome, Valley, waterfalls and ect. Trail traffic was light in the morning (7:00 start) with mostly shade. Mosquitos were present but weaned off as the day progressed. Couple of trail runners were ascending as well. 2.5 hours to the top at reasonable pace with one break.
The top was tourist central with many were rude and obnoxious people. This was in Yosemite and I understood this could be expected. I wouldn't recommend spending much time up there if you value solitude. Restrooms were available along with a concession building that sold snacks, drinks, and park merchandise.
Descent: Sunny with little shade, almost hot, many more people making their ascent. There were multiple individuals attempting to start later in the day and seemed to be ill prepared. i.e. carrying 1 small plastic water bottle, wearing loafers in dress slacks with a polo Shirt. 3 hours down due to personal physical cautions.
Bottom line: Great hike, great views, but the trail is mildly strenuous. Preparation and appropriate clothing highly recommended. The park had placed multiple notices of situations were individuals had to be rescued/assisted.
The view is worth the pain!