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Pleasant easy walk in the winter, when there are few visitors. beautiful forest.

Amazing view, totally worth the trip!

We did this hike January 11th and were astonished with how warm it was! We brought MANY layers ready for chilly weather but we ended up stripping down to a single layer of pants and t-shirt! If you start from 7-9AM you are going to be in direct sunlight for the entire trip up with little intervals of shade. With that said, we were so happy to feel the suns warmth (hot!!) because we were coming from freezing Boston weather. This hike had scenic views the entire way up and down which made it really special. The half dome is perfectly visible throughout the first 2 miles of the hike or so. Then the views switch to the falls! Gorgeous. Perfect introduction to Yosemite. Took us about 6 hours because we had breaks of taking off layers.

—WARNING—

The last 1.5 miles of the switchbacks are covered in snow and ice. We brought spikes for our shoes and we cruised along but we saw MANY fall hard. To enjoy the entirety of the hike, definitely buy shoe spikes!

Did this today 1/12/2018. Beautiful trail, started at sunrise at 7:15am, made it to the snow creek footbridge (~5mi in) at around 10:45am. I wanted to go beyond it but the snow was pretty deep and I didn’t bring snow shoes... so I turned around.

The 5 miles or so to the bridge was on/off exposed so most of it was dirt with some small patches of ice. I wore boots but didn’t have poles, crampons or snowshoes.

Best views were of looking back at Tenaya Canyon as you ascend. Also great views of Mount Watkins. Mirror lake was good in the beginning as well and partially frozen.

This was my favorite hike of all time. The difficult hike up is totally worth it because of the amazing views. Did this hike in the middle of December, and there was only a little bit of ice towards the top.

Hard Core with excellent views hiking up and at the summit! Coming down...tough on the knees.

kicked my butt! Perfect for Half Dome training in the foothills!

Great hike! Waterfall was beautiful! Entered from the south. Made it a bit more challenging because of the huge amount of fallen forest we had to climb over to stay on the trail. The pay off was worth it. Will definitely hike again!

Did with my 60 year old parents at the end of November. Some snow on upper part (past lookout point). Amazing views. Using poles and frequent breaks it took us all day.

Great in winter to get to Glacier Point. Also amazing views throughout multiple valleys.

lovely easy hike, not much of a lake but the views and that forest is totally worth it.

Great views! LOTS of hard switchbacks straight up. Take more water than you think you’ll need and trail running shoes are a must. This is definitely the hardest trail I’ve done, also be sure to leave early!

Fairly easy, though there is a paved road side and an unpaved side that’s a little more challenging.

Great views of half dome. Areas to stop and throw rocks in the water, if that’s of interest. Decent picnic type hike. Still open and clear in the winter.

Park at north pines camp ground if you can. There’s also a shuttle stop if you are able to get on the shuttle.

Just did this trail today, Dec 27th.Park sign says closed mid way up yet we made it to Glacier Point - other fresh footprints before us. 10 miles total roundtrip... bring food, water, layers and crampons. we didn't need them but could easily see how we would've had conditions changed just a tad.

Awesome hike! Do it in spring like me, when the flow is the biggest!

Whole trip took 5 hours round trip, including breaks and lunch at the overlook. Things I would recommend bringing: sunscreen, sunglasses, food/snack, plenty of water, a good pair of boots. Optional gear: micro spikes and binoculars. The whole trail is amazing. At points the sun reflecting off the snow and lack of tree cover can be relatively intense (hence the glasses and cream). It gets icy at the top, but my friend made it all the way in a pair of tennis shoes. 10/10 would recommend to ANYONE

This hike never disappoints! Hiked this again July 2018. Glacier point to the valley floor. So far, this is my favorite of all time.

We went as far as the Lower Gate. It was spectacular. The views of the valley, Half Dome, and the falls were totally worthwhile. And the hike was a nice workout.

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23 days ago

Great hike with views pretty much the whole way up. Not a hard hike as long as you pace yourself. Did this hike once when Glacier point road was open and once when it was closed. If the road is closed due to snow I would bring hiking sticks or spikes as the trail can get pretty icy. The last time I did it at the end of November the last mile was pretty much a sheet of ice on the way up.

I did a portion of this hike on a sunny day in late December -- started in the valley on the valley loop, to Mirror Lake, connecting to Snow Creek and went up, up, up. As others have said, it's all switchbacks up. I'm in good shape and tend to hike quicker than many: Took about 2h30 to get to the footbridge. Trail was clear and dry up until the top when you enter a forest. Snow from earlier in the month was packed down and easy to walk over. Turned around after eating lunch by the creek. The trek back down to the Mirror Lake trail only took me 90mins. Views were stellar the entire way. It was a treat to watch the sun cross over the valley.

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24 days ago

Attempted to get to this trail on Dec 21st, 2018. Unfortunately, Kaiser Pass is shut down and I couldn’t get there. If you have a 4x4 vehicle capable of snow/ice driving on unimproved roads, you’ll be able to get around the gate and make it to the trailhead.

Just beautiful. Not many people in the winter months, at least, so a peaceful walk alongside the river. Stunning rock scapes and a scenic bridge over the river at the half way point. The mirror image was worth everything!

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26 days ago

Amazing Trail! Would definitely go back! Bring plenty of water and snacks!

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26 days ago

Hiked this trail in July 2017. A bit strenuous because of the switchbacks. But, totally worth it. Stunning views along the hike.

Such a beautiful area. Tons of water in the stream and coming down the falls. Highly recommend this hike!

falls are easy to get to. my 8 and 6 year olds made it up no problem. very beautiful hike.

on Four Mile Trail

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28 days ago

We made this hike on June 2017. We are begginers and we kind of almost died. It was the most difficult hike we've done in our lives. Not kidding! It is a very hard trail, a solid climb with switchbacks all the way up until about 1/2 a mile from Glacier Point, where it gets flatter...at least in summer. We ate like 4 energy bars, 2 peanut butter & jam sandwiches and drank about 1L of water each.
BUT THE VIEWS. OMG. Wow. Wouldn't trade them for nothing. Going up is the best option because the valley and surrounding mountains are revealed bit by bit when you start going over the forest. I love how each switchback reveals a bit more of the view. Going down might be quite anticlimactic. We made it up in around 5 hours with lots of breaks, resting, stopping to just appreciate the view and of course taking tons of pictures. I was impressed with the amount of people going up as fast as they could without taking a moment to see the beauty around them. Anyway, got gorgeous pictures and great funny memories :)
Take a lot of water and food.

To keep in mind: There's a hotel bus that goes up to Glacier point and back down to the valley hotel several times a day in summer. You have to pay, but keep it in mind in case of emergency or if you have limited time. The only way up is reserving a spot with the hotel but going down is first come first served until the spots of ppl that only paid one-way are filled.

Majestic, grounding, and rewarding hike! Not to busy in the winter but pretty icy at the top. Took 5 hours from start to finish.

this trail is so easy to access, clearly marked, breathtaking waterfalls that are easy to get to, great picnic trail!! you can pack a big backpack and the trail is easy enough to handle it. almost didn't want to share cuz I wanted to keep it secret

We did the four mile trail however had to turn around because the snow became pretty deep. We hiked 3 miles in until you don’t see the trail anymore. Hike is tough especially through the snow be sure to bring the right gear. We still had amazing views of el captain and half dome. Just keep in mind it’s dangerous hike with all that powder so be careful

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