Four Mile Trail

HARD 299 reviews
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Four Mile Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3228 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

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4 days ago

I did this trail the first weekend of December after the road had been closed to Glacier Point. The views from the trail are breathtaking- you'll really see the whole valley! I also liked the switchbacks way more than the stairs of the Mist Trail. This really is a full day hike, so if you leave later in the morning during the winter months be prepared to hike down in the dark. There were some icy sections of the trail as well, so consider bringing trekking poles or crampons. I had crampons with me and did not regret bringing them. Also be aware there is nowhere to get water along the trail in winter aside from one stream about a quarter mile up from the trail head. The drinking fountains at the top are shut off in winter and the bathrooms closed. Bring enough water for the whole day.

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8 days ago

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10 days ago

My husband and I hiked this trail over Thanksgiving weekend. Weather was perfect and this was one of the most beautiful hikes we have ever done. Gorgeous views on every step of the hike of Yosemite Valley, Merced River, El Capitan , Yosemite falls and Half dome.
This is a very strenuous hike! It starts in the Valley across the street from the swinging bridge and goes all the way to Glacier point. 3 Hours uphill and 2.5 hours downhill. Our legs were hurting us for the next 3 days. Get there early to get a parking spot. I am imagining this hike is brutal on a hot summer day so bring plenty of water.
Another option would be to hike the 4.6 miles up to glacier point and take the Yosemite shuttle back to the Valley (Shuttle does not run year round). I also saw people being dropped off at Glacier point and then hiking down to Yosemite Valley.

10 days ago

Great trail. We did this yesterday & had amazing views. A few icy patches but nothing unmanageable incredible views and not many people. Can’t beat that!

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16 days ago

Fun hike and a great view both from the top if the road is closed as well as on the way up. This trail was paved once upon a time and while much of that has crumbled apart, it speaks to the grade which is incredibly consistent as you wind on up.

Certainly nothing to underestimate or take lightly despite its popularity and easy accessibility though. This is especially true in winter with ice quickly building up along the upper trail and early sunsets to necessitate an earlier start!

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17 days ago

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18 days ago

Fun hike. Not too challenging and loaded with beautiful views of the valley. Loved it.

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22 days ago

Hiked this trail in late October. Views are amazing, weather was awesome. Some reviews are harsh on the conditions, but considering how much foot traffic there is, the trail isn't really all that bad

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27 days ago

I’m a novice hiker, and very out of shape (never exercise, don’t eat well). Though I needed to stop multiple times on our way up the trail to catch my breath, and considered throwing in the towel a handful of times, I felt an amazing sense of accomplishment upon reaching the top. The views from Glacier Point were incredibly gorgeous. I recommend this trail.

28 days ago