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hiking
19 hours ago

this trail is the gateway to the back-country and that's about all it is good for. When I hiked it several years ago it was loaded with bears bluffing backpackers, trying to get them to drop their packs and run - especially when you get to "City Camp". Watch out for rattle snakes cooling off under rocks and also for cubs who are trained by mama bear to scare you and take your food.

If you have no way to get to Glacier Point to start the Panorama Trail, you can start from the "4 Mile Trail" but beware of the steep uphill dizzying switchbacks and the kids who like to run down the switch backs! Once you get to the top, you can rest at Glacier Point then take the Panorama Trail down hill for the most part. There's only a short section where you climb then it's downhill again. Take the John Muir Trail (behind Nevada Falls) even though sections of it are paved (or used to be paved) it's much easier on downhill knees than the Mist Trail (Vernal Falls).

hiking
20 hours ago

Easy with beautiful views. But, there's more! Take the PANORAMA Trail from Glacier Point for even more beautiful views. You will end up spilling out at the horse trail behind Nevada Falls back into Yosemite Valley or you can take the steep Vernal Falls shortcut too then meet the gang who drove you up to Glacier Point back in Yosemite Valley.

hiking
20 hours ago

Some trails are boring because of way too many switchbacks. This is one of them. HOWEVER, once you reach Glacier Point the views are well worth the effort! It would have gotten 5 stars if those switchbacks weren't so dizzying! Bring water and watch out for those who are running DOWN those crazy switchbacks.

hiking
2 days ago

A great day hike if you’re up for the challenge! I highly recommend. The trail got icy and really snowy but we plowed through to enjoy some of the best views I’ve ever scene.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked in June 2018. Have to say this is one of my favorite hikes. Not too difficult. Made it to the top in an hour and a half and got to see all the amazing views of the surrounding landscape. One of the best views of the lake is from the top and the that’s 1/4 mile is a fantastic walk across a long ridge overlooking the lake on one side and eastern Oregon on the other. Such an amazing hike would strongly recommend during the summer!

Amazing hike! A must do!

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

Beautiful day hike!

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.

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.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked in September 2018. I did not make it the last 1/4 mile or so- the last bit is along a ridge to reach the lookout. However, there are stunning views of Crater Lake and the surrounding high desert along the whole trail so do what you can do!

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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

on Four Mile Trail

hiking
1 month 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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen while hiking. Constant amazement at the unreal beauty of the surrounding waterfalls, cliffs, rivers. A magical experience. Highly recommend hiking past glacier point to sentinel dome. Was lucky enough to be the only person atop sentinel dome in late November (Glacier Point driving road closed.)

Easy and fun hike and amazing 360 degrees view of Yosemite at the end. Loved it!

Hard ascent( especially the ice and snow on the upper part of the trail). With the road closed, a good way to access the awesome views from Glacier Point.

hiking
1 month ago

Switchbacks all the way up and all the way down. Gorgeous views at the top, which were made even better by the recent snowfall. Bring water and real shoes — I saw too many people in tennis shoes struggling on the ice and snow.

This is a solid climb with beautiful vistas along the way. At some points it feels like just trudging uphill. I definitely recommend doing it when Glacier Point road is closed, the viewing spots at the top were relatively uncrowded as it was just those of us who had hiked up. I hiked back down the 4 mile trail but would have preferred to go down the panaroma trail for a less steep incline. Happy to report my knees are just a little sore today and Im feeling good after the climb! Take plenty of water and snacks.

hiking
2 months ago

It was great hike however be ready for a steep switchbacks. There were stunning views of the valleys going up and down the mountain.

Great workout and wonderful views along the way up. I completed this trail in September 2016. The only disappointing thing about this trail is that the view at the top is shared with a whole bunch of people who just drove up and parked.

Easy, fun, amazing views.

Love this hike. Great views.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views the whole way, but good lord strap in for a challenging hike. The elevation gain over a 4.6 mile hike is brutal. It’s truly 9.2 miles from the trail head and back. It took us 3 hr up and 2 back. We started at 10a and got to our car at 3:30p . The only downside of this hike is that at the end of it you are with a ton of people who just drove up and are crowding all the viewpoints... so it can feel a little unrewarding. Usually after that strenuous of a hike you weed out a lot of people but that’s not the case for this hike. Remember you can always meet your group at the top or be dropped off to hike back down. This would make the hike challenging but not as treacherous to go both ways. THIS IS REALLY A HARD HIKE, no joke. Overall glacier point is phenomenal and you get some really beautiful views the entire way. And it’s pretty spectacular to come off the mountain and see what you accomplished from the valley floor. So take water, snacks, and good shoes... and take your time to look around when you’re at the flying altitude of eagles.

hiking
2 months ago

Short (2 miles round trip), well maintained trail. I would call this family friendly (472 feet of elevation gain). Plenty of opportunities to stop and rest (and take pictures) on the way up. The views of the lake and Wizard Island were great.

Don’t miss the magnificent views here! And don’t be scared by the 252 feet—the elevation gain is less than that.

Nice hike, a little Smokey from a controlled burn nearby but a beautiful day. Great views of Half Dome, the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Indian rock was worth the short hike and also had some nice views from the arch. The hike is moderate to hard for beginners and very easy for the young lady that jogged by us not once, but three times while on the trail, amazingly fit...

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