Four Mile Trail

HARD 268 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 beautiful wild flowers 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
3389 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

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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Amazing trail offering great views of El Captain and Half dome.

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great hike! best view! don't rely on the bus at the top. there is a store at glacier point with food and drinks. prepare for a night hike if you plan to start late and plan to go there and back.

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Hiked on 9-20-17 which was a day after hiking Half Dome (wrote a review too) and definitely felt it. Can you say "repeating switchbacks" cause that's what a majority of the hike felt like. Back and forth and almost ALL uphill. Still, a great hike with breathtaking views (ascending, as well as, at Glacier Point). When you do make it to the top, you realize you aren't alone. You meet up with all the people who came by cars. They took they easy, but less fun, route.
Suggestion: what helped me was using my trek poles. Made it easier to climb.

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18 days ago

Absolutely Gorgeous views! It's quite the hike though. Well worth the sore muscles the next day

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