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Four Mile Trail to Panorama Trail Loop

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Four Mile Trail to Panorama Trail Loop est un sentier en boucle de 16.3 miles modérément fréquenté situé près de parc national de Yosemite, Californie. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est difficile et donc seulement recommandé pour les aventuriers expérimentés. Le sentier est principalement utilisé pour la randonnée et l'observation de la nature.

Distance: 16.3 miles Dénivelé: 4,448 feet Type d'itinéraire: Boucle

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Your trip starts at the Four Mile Trail trailhead, which is on Southside Drive about 3.3 miles east of the highway 41 / 140 junction at Bridalvail Fall. If you're staying in the valley, catch the El Capitan shuttle which runs mid-June to early October - there's a shuttle stop at the trailhead.  The first part of the hike is strenuous, climbing almost 3,300 ft in 4.6 miles from the valley floor to Glacier Point. Take a well-earned break at Glacier Point to enjoy the views and refresh yourself, then find the trailhead for the Panorama Trail just behind the mini-amphitheater. From Glacier Point, descend about 1,300 ft in 2.5 miles along the aptly named Panorama Trail until you reach Illilouette Creek. Be careful not to trip, because you'll have jaw-dropping vistas for the entire descent. When you reach the bottom, cross over the bridge to start your second (and last) major climb, gaining back almost 800 ft elevation in 1.3 miles. It's all downhill from this point on. At 10 miles you'll come across a trail junction with the John Muir Trail. Technically, this is the end of the Panorama Trail. To the right, the John Muir Trail will take you .2 miles to the top of Nevada Fall. From there, you can either retrace your steps back to the trail junction, or catch the Mist Trail on the far side of the Merced River for even more breathtaking views of Nevada and Vernal Falls. Be aware, however, the the Mist Trail is very steep, and can be very wet and slippery early in the season. If you decide to return to the trail junction, just continue straight for about another mile to Clark's Point. Here's your second chance to catch the Mist Trail at the top of Vernal Fall. If you want to do that, turn right; otherwise take the John Muir Trail to the left and continue down to the valley floor at Happy Isles. At this point, you've hiked about 13.5 miles. If you've had enough for the day, simply catch the valley shuttle from Happy Isles back to Yosemite Village.   If your car is still parked at the Four Mile Trail trailhead, then catch the El Capitan shuttle from in front of the Yosemite Visitors Center. It will drop you off at the trailhead. If you're up to hiking back to the start point, then just continue hiking straight past the Hippy Isles shuttle bus stop to pick up the trail that will take you to Curry Village. Continue walking straight through the village, past the grocery store and guest registration, through the parking lot, and through employee housing.  Pretty soon you'll find yourself on the multi-use path alongside Southside Drive. Stay on the path past the LeConte memorial until you see a trail veering off to the left just before Sentinel Bridge.  This is the Southside Trail. Take the Southside Trail for 1.3 miles until your arrive at your starting point.

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3 months ago

One of the toughest hikes I’ve ever done, but well worth it for the views. Gets pretty sunny/ exposed in some spots so make sure you bring sunscreen and plenty of water.

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3 months ago

Wunderbare Wanderung, aber wirklich anstrengend. Der fourmile Trail zieht sich in die Länge und ist anstrengend. Am Glacier Point ist die Möglichkeit zum Einkehren, wir haben uns dort ein Eis gegönnt, bevor es auf den Panorama Trail ging. Wir hatten starken Regen, aber die Aussicht war dennoch grandios. Auf dem Panorama Trail hatten wir im Mai umgestürzte Bäume, so dass wir da wirklich Probleme beim durchkommen hatten und klettern mussten. Wir sind dann die Strecke entlang der Wasserfälle gelaufen, da war es sehr nass und rutschig. die vielen Stufen sind anstrengend für die Knie.

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4 months ago

this is a great trail in early spring. just pay attention to the bus schedule otherwise you will have to hike across the valley floor to your vehicle. don't learn the hard way I'll do it for ya.

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rocheux
5 months ago

Good hike. If you start at the base of 4 Mile and hike up with 1.5L of water, you’ll be fine. You can refill at Glacier View from a tap, and you can refill again at a fountain near the base of Vernal Falls. No need to stress over water. Views are fantastic. 4 Mile is one long slog, but it’s worth the effort. The rest of the loop is great. Take the detour to Nevada Falls, cross the bridge, and continue down the Mist Trail to the Happy Isles, where you can hop a bus back to your car.

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5 months ago

Gorgeous

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6 months ago

Beautiful hike. I've done Yosemite falls, Vernal and Nevada falls, snow Creek to Tenaya lake, Tuolumne Meadows through cathedral lakes to sunrise creek; all beautiful, but this is better. The views of Yosemite falls from the four mile trail are excellent with easy viewing of the upper and lower falls. It's also cool to see the switch backs climbing up to the falls in the distance. about halfway up four mile, get a spectacular view of half dome, the first of many. four mile trail is nicely maintained, the incline is constant but not severe. The views from Glacier point are outstanding but it is very crowded since it is car accessible. The view of half dome and vernal and nevada falls from this point and much of the panorama trail is breathtaking. Also, take some time to look at your immediate surroundings, the wildflowers were blooming all along the panorama trail. For illilouette falls, take opportunities to see the falls before you reach the bridge over the falls because you essentially cannot see it from the other side. there are several little lookout areas, make sure to take advantage of them. upsteam of the bridge is a nice place for food and break. take your shoes off and dip your feet in the cold water (be careful of course, rushing water upsteam of a waterfall is extremely dangerous), there are some areas where the flow is lower and it feels good to cool off a bit. the final incline isn't quite as scenic but there are still some nice views of half dome and can see upper Yosemite falls in the distance. the trail then converges with the John Muir trail. views of Nevada falls from the JMT are always spectacular, but at this point, time to get to the bottom. in total we rode the shuttle to stop 6 from half dome village, walked to four mile trailhead, hiked the trail and looped back to half dome village. ~15miles, ~42,000 steps, 7hrs 50min. absolutely wiped afterwards but totally worth it.

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6 months ago

Strenuous but the effort is totally worth the views! you get to see the half dome from so many different angles! the views keep changing as you go through different parts of the hike. very beautiful and would definitely do this again. stay hydrated, and remember your hat/sunscreen/sunglasses!

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pas d'ombre
6 months ago

Wow this was one difficult trail! We hiked up 4 mile trail, great views but non stop up hill. Glacier point was awesome, then headed to panorama for even more incredible views, this trail was difficult for parts as well. We ended up taking the mist trail the rest of the way to valley floor. I definitely recommend doing the mist, but it was crowded and a little nerve wracking on the way down with all the steps and people. Ended up being 15 miles and 8 hours with us stopping at Happy Isles to take the shuttle back. You will need to take the shuttle to the visitors center, then get on the el cap shuttle to head back to 4 mile. We were dead, but it was a great trip! Definitely start early, we were on the trail head at 6am.

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6 months ago

We have done quite a few trails in Yosemite NP. This is indeed the best trail. Only thing is the session of John Muir trail was quite crowded. It could be because of July 4th holiday. Also, it was an optional return trail for people who hike up to Nevada fall via Mist trail. It is a bit challenge and requires some effort but defiantly worth it. We started from Four Miles trail head at 7:10am and reached Glacier Point 10:30am. From there we descend via Panoramic trail and connect to John Muir trail. It took us about 11 hours for this entire 16miles trail. The views along the trail are magnificent. The panoramic view is beyond imagination. We love it very much.

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6 months ago

Did this hike about 2 weeks ago. Did it in reverse and started from Half Dome Village instead of Four Mile trailhead. Hiked from 5:30am, took John Muir up to Nevada instead of Mist Trail because we didn’t want to get wet. From there the amount of hikers we saw thinned out so I’d recommend doing this hike in reverse if you’d like more privacy. Reached Glacier Point around 1pm and took an extended break to eat and hydrate. From there it was about 2.5 hours down Four Mile Trail to the El Capitan shuttle where we ended our hike. 12 hours in total with lots of breaks but the views were definitely worth it.

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6 months ago

My wife and I hiked this a week ago. Amazing hike! Heading up from the valley floor on the 4 mike trail is pretty tough but is soooo worth it. The views and terrain are amazing. The vantage point from Glacier Point is unbelievable. It feels great to start hiking downhill from there. Gods great designs never seem to stop heading down the Panorama trail. Waterfalls, rock formations, Half Dome, Panorama point, ...it’s all incredible. Very tough hike, but an amazing experience.

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7 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking views the whole way through. This truly offers some of the best sights of Yosemite Valley . If you think you’ll have the legs for it, add on the three additional miles to do Sentinel Dome from Glacier Point so you get 360 degree views of the whole park. There was plenty of water runoff for us to filter from along the panorama trail portion.

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7 months ago

Probably the best day hike in the park. Easier and more scenic than half dome. Basically see all the park highlights in one day. Roughly 8-9 hours of hiking time. Can take valley shuttle back from happy isles closer to four mile trailhead.

7 months ago

I would rate this 10 stars!!! We did this trail after two days of all day hiking at Lake Tahoe on our third day as part of a four-day trip to the Sierras. This was the best experience I can remember and I've been on many trails! You almost go through all the Yosemite Valley area on this loop! The views are incredible it probably doesn't get better than that anywhere, just Half-Dome in particular makes it incredibly unique. I've been to a number of mountains and peaks and I don't think anything else looks as unique as Half-Dome!!! The hardest part of the trail is the four mile part, then its highly rewarding when you reach Glacier Point and you get the best view probably in the world with all the distint granite peaks, half-dome, all the waterfalls, Tenaya Canyon and the valley floor to the right with Yosemite fall in the distance! How can it get better than that!!!!! Then you take the Panorama trail down while still getting amazing views all the way down to the bridge river crossing. Then comes the hot ascend back up then you get views of Liberty Cap as you finally get to the next spot, Nevada fall! Rest and look at the incredible fall, then head to Vernal fall for another incredible waterfall at full strength the emerald pool looked more like an ocean this time! Then head down the mist trail and get soaked, real fun especially on a hot day. On the valley floor we felt good so we walked through the meadows back to trailhead. Awesome experience to remember we did it all in 8 hours. Started at 7:30 finished by 4:30 with 20 minute breaks at Glacier Point and Nevada fall and saw most of what Yosemite has to offer!

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7 months ago

Incredible hike with jaw dropping views. As a previous reviewer said the Swinging Bridge is not accessible from Yosemite Lodge so it is best to drive to the trail head. 4-mile trail is a steady, moderate to strenuous climb for 4+ miles. Unparalleled views of Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley looking down on the Merced and back on Tunnel View. Union Point was not a disappointment, but it wasn't a highlight of the ascent either. Still worth the 200+ foot spur trail to take a look. The solitude of the trail is lost when you get to Glacier Point and the hordes of people who have been bused in or who have driven to the point are swarming around. Still, the views of Half Dome and Vernal and Nevada Falls are a thing of beauty. The Panorama Trail starts with a 2 mile plunge downhill to Illilouette Falls. A lovely falls in a peaceful setting. Quite mellow and deserted compared to The Mist Trail. Next you climb up from the falls toward the John Muir Trail. Beautiful trail running through the woods. We then decided to head back to Happy Isles via the John Muir Trail. My hiking crew dislikes this section of the trip. Lots of switchbacks, rocky sections and an unavoidable drenching of icy water from a sheer cliff. Is it that bad? No, but it isn't the highlight either. All in all, we all preferred this loop compared to hiking Half Dome. Simply better views of more of the valley's stunning landscape. A must do hike in Yosemite!!! BTW...turning back at Glacier Point and going back down the 4 mile trail to reduce the total mileage may not be a good decision. That trail is rather steep and would certainly tire my knees going downhill.

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7 months ago

Fabulous hike. I've done this several times and agree with Keith Schwebel "Without exception, this is the best hike in Yosemite Valley". I started at Yosemite Lodge and had a bit of trouble getting to the start of the 4 mile trail since the paths across the valley were flooded, adding a couple of miles to an already LONG hike! Otherwise, everything went smoothly. An added bonus was a bobcat at Glacier Point.

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7 months ago

Without exception, this is the best hike in Yosemite Valley. It's a beast, but you literally see EVERYTHING. From the views of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome on the Four Mile Trail, to the beautiful waterfalls and vistas of the Panorama Trail, this trek has it all. I've done it four times now, and it never gets old. If I had only one day to hike in Yosemite, this is the trail I would pick. Speaking from experience, the Half Dome hike is definitely an accomplishment, but in the end, you're literally standing ON TOP of the very rock that makes Yosemite Valley so beautiful and special--in other words, the views from Half Dome aren't that great. The Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is very popular, and it is definitely beautiful, but to a point. Once you reach the switchbacks for the upper portion of the trail, the hike is pure misery. That part of the trail is totally exposed to the sun, very steep, and there are no views. And once you get to the top, the "view" from over the falls is nothing to write home about. Unless your final destinations are Yosemite Point or Eagle Peak or El Capitan, I would not recommend hiking all the way up the UYF trail. But the Four Mile Trail to Panorama Loop has it all. I couldn't recommend it enough. And despite how All Trails has it mapped out, I would definitely take the Mist Trail down from Nevada Falls instead of the John Muir Trail. It's prettier, it's more direct, and it's a lot more fun--just make sure you're prepared to get wet in May and June! Also, if you're going to park your car in the Valley, I'd recommend Curry Village--it is 2 miles from the Four Mile Trail trailhead and about 1 mile from the Happy Isles Bridge. Enjoy the ultimate Yosemite hike!

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8 months ago

This is an absolutely awesome introduction to Yosemite Valley, I did this hike on May 25th in beautiful cool weather with the sun shining (it snowed the next day covering a lot of this trail on the mountains). I had never been to Yosemite before and we parted our car at this trailhead and made our way up to Glacier Point. This part of the trail has some of the most spectacular views of Yosemite Valley. With all the snow melt at this time, the waterfalls in the next section of this trip were absolutely spectacular. This is a strenuous hike that pays off every step you take!

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8 months ago

May 8th, 2019 I went clockwise up Mist, JMT, Panorama and down Four Mile upon hearing that Four Mile was officially closed but passable. Top 1/2 mile of Four Mile had steep sections of 4 foot deep snow over rock faces and some melting snow bridges where I could see previous hikers had broken through. I was thankful to be able to follow the footprints of previous hikers and had no problems myself. This loop and the Upper Yosemite Falls clockwise over to and down Snow Creek are my favorite hikes in Yosemite Valley.

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Fri Sep 07 2018

My wife and I did this loop in 7 hours and 53 minutes yesterday, I recorded 15.68 miles according to my GPS. It is an awesome hike and totally worth the sore muscles you will have after. A few tips would be to start early (on the trail before 7am), use trekking poles, lots of water (we brought 3-4liters each), stop at glacier point to refill water, and wear good gripping trail running shoes or hiking boots. The last stretch going down the granite steps at mist trail is a killer on your body and can be dangerous if you loose focus. I highly recommend this loop if your looking for a very hard but rewarding experience at Yosemite. We had 1 day in yosimite out of our week long CA vacation and this was a hike you will feel like you made the most of 1 day.

Mon Jul 02 2018

What an incredible hike. We took the mist trail down since it was our first time in Yosemite. The whole loop took about 8.5 hours. Going up to glacier point somehow wasn’t that bad, but we were literally dying on the ascent on panorama. Do not underestimate it. 2/3rds or so up the way on the ascent on panorama don’t miss a little turnoff to panorama point. We had lunch here and it was incredible. We are not experienced hikers but are in good physical shape but managed the hike fine. Although afterwards our bodies were pretty much devastated. Great great day.

Sat Jun 16 2018

Great trail! It is challenging and long, but so worth it. Going up Four Mike Trail is taxing but doesn’t take that long. Glacier Point is very crowded and will make you appreciate the quiet trails. At the lowest point on Panorama Trail, there is a spot where you can take your boots off and soak your feet in cold rushing water- I couldn’t recommend this highly enough. The second ascent on Pamorama Trail is considerably difficult especially since you will have just hiked nearly 5 miles up Glacier Point. Take it slow and enjoy the ever changing landscape. Tips: bring lots of water, start early (it took us about 9 hours start to finish), pack food, and don’t bring too much weight.

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Fri Apr 27 2018

One of/if not the best hike in Yosemite!!! Take the shuttle from the visitor center to the Four Mile Trail trailhead. The first bit of the hike is very strenuous as you are climbing 3,300 ft in just 4 miles. The view of valley from Glacier Point is stunning, plan on having lunch there. You will enjoy amazing views on the Panorama Trail which will take you down to the famous John Muir Falls trail where you'll get to see the Nevada falls as well as the Vernal Falls. I highly recommend this hike for anyone in a good physical condition!

Mon Jan 15 2018

Awesome trail. Well maintained, amazing views, you really can’t ask for anything better

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