Great trail if you like history, as it follows many of the park’s historic roads and bridle paths. Lots of evidence of pavement, cobblestones, old retaining walls, etc. Nice for walking or trail running—did the full loop and my GPS clocked it at about 22 miles. There are many ways to cut it into various shorter loops as well. Also, as a response to previous commenters, this is NOT a mountain biking trail. Pets and bikes are not allowed on this trail, per the park’s website.

One of the more strenuous trails but worth every moment. Incredible views of the entire valley and the top at glacier point provides incredible views of Half Dome. Make sure you bring enough food at water for all the way up and all the way back

There may be many scenes that overlap with the road of the car ...

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rocky
20 days ago

Probably one of the most beautiful hikes I've been to. Went in early May two years and had a little overcast with spots of sun so it made our hike with no shade enjoyable without the heat. Went early morning to beat the crowds (began hike at 7am) and got to enjoy the trail and waterfalls all to ourselves. Absolutely beautiful to hike along side the dam, got to climb up some rocks, walked through rushing waterfalls and streams, and was guided by lavenders growing along side parts of the trail...overall my favorite and most memorable hike, I'm due to go back!

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rocky
21 days ago

Lots of waterfalls, but constantly had a view of the parking lot

One of my top 5 Yosemite hikes. Views are spectacular and you feel like you’re on top of the world. The lakes and mines are awesome to explore and great for kids.

Magical. One of the highlights of my life.

Highly recommend this one, jammed pack of scenery. The distance here is a little off and there are some logistical considerations, so read my guide and video on HikingGuy com before you give it a go.

One of the must-do, bucket-list hikes. You can't go wrong on this trail. It is tough and has some twists and turns, including a hidden observation platform at the top. Check out the video and guide on HikingGuy com for all the info before you head out.

Most rewarding hike I’ve ever done but definitely not for the faint of heart!! The walk up to the top of the falls is gruelling, make sure u get up really early to beat the sun and hot weather. The view from the top is spectacular and the hike in general is a nice maintained path but the switch backs are very rocky. Take lots of water and snacks!

I had a GREAT time hiking from El Portal California to Foresta California. 14 miles, 6 hours, 2,500 elevation gain, multiple waterfalls, several bridges, one very dangerous crossing, lots of animal tracks, and beauty everywhere! I have ALWAYS wanted to do this hike! It was even better than I imagined!

Steps, a lot of steps, we are reasonable fit, it took us a bit more then 2hours up and a bit less on our way down (excluding the lunch break :) Nilice view on the waterfall. Too crowded for my taste but well marked and maintained. I really missed my polls on our way down.

Amazing introduction to Yosemite on the last day before it close for the Corona Virus. Challenging and rewarding experience.

Tough to describe. Magical hike. Very snowy and cloudy day. We started hiking up at 9am. Took us a bit over 4 hrs down and back going at a pretty good pace. Tough conditions and pretty challenging trail especially around the 2.5/3mile point and considering the amount of snow and lack of visibility at some parts. Got an Unreal view of the waterfall, mountains, trees, and the white scenery everywhere. One of us made it up to the top of the mountain but was disappointed by the lack of visibility from up there due to the weather (on a nicer day definitely something I would look forward to seeing though) . Way down was easier as we followed our footsteps. Not many people were hiking that today but quite a cool and challenging experience.

I've never written a review for anything in my life, what the mileage on this trail is a lie and I felt compelled to forewarn everyone else. if you start tracking mileage from where the shuttle drops you off, this trail is at least 20 miles. From the first trail marker that you see it's 9.5 miles to the summit meaning that it is a minimum of 19 MI. Completed this yesterday on 3/14/20, the trail is very well maintained and easily marked throughout the whole trip, other than when we got to the top snow and ice completely covered the trail. If we did not have GPS coordinates preset, we would not have been able to find the official end of the trail due to the amount of snow and ice. That being said there was only snow and ice for about the last mile and a half. 10/10 would recommend.

Great trail, good workout for the calves. Closed at 2.5-2.8 miles in.

Nice, easy trail. Some trees across trail which require climbing over. One section of trail requires you to find your way up to road by Bridleveil junction as River is too deep at trail on All Trails. Route along Southside can be rather noisy with cars.

Went up to Columbia Rock point and felt good to keep going. It’s basically up the whole way. Did this in March and was in a tank top and used sun screen and a hat. Take shade and water breaks if you need them! Best part was seeing a rainbow on the waterfall on the lower part of the trail.

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rocky
snow
2 months ago

Great trail! It is as difficult as everyone previously has said. I made it about half a mile from Glacier Point before the trail became so icy that I had to turn around. Total mileage was about 10 miles and it took me a little over 5 hours, but I am slow!

Bring food and water. It will be needed. View is worth it

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snow
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Took my husband and I about 7 hours round trip after stopping for lunch at Glacier Point. Went passed the closed gate to make it all the way to Glacier Point. We had crampons that made this last 1.6 mile part possible. Pretty icy but totally worth it!

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snow
2 months ago

This was probably one of the most brutal hikes I've been on yet. it took longer than expected do to weather conditions and walking the last 5 mile in snow. it was an amazing experience, but do to weather conditions the veiw from the top was obscured by fog and clouds, but that just means I'll be doing it again!

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