Four Mile Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Four Mile Trail is a 14.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 14.8 km Elevation Gain: 1,101 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The Four Mile Trail switchbacks 3200 feet down 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. [Note/Winter Road Closures: The Glacier Point Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. From approximately mid December through March, the first five miles of this road are open to Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass Ski Area). It is not possible to drive to Glacier Point when the Glacier Point Road is closed. The Tioga Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. The road closure extends from the Tuolumne Grove, just east of Crane Flat, to Tioga Pass Entrance Station. (Highway 120, the continuation of the Tioga Road outside the park, is often closed in winter from Tioga Pass to five miles west of Lee Vining.) When the Tioga Road is closed, it is not possible to drive to Tuolumne Meadows or enter Yosemite National Park from the east. All other park entrances, including those along Highway 120 from the west, Hetch Hetchy, Highway 140, and Highway 41, remain open all year.

hiking
28 minutes ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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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!

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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!

recorded Glaciar point

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Got < 1 mile to Glacier Point and had to turn around due to steep icy patches. Still worth going up as far as you dare!

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blowdown
2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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washed out
2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Très belles vues sur La vallée tout le long,je me suis arrêté à Union Point. Reste 1,6 miles pour aller au sommet..frustrant. En plus la vue à Union point n’est pas terrible. Mais je n’étais pas assez bien chaussé car la dernière portion est glacée. Prévoir bâtons et bonnes shoes et ça passe! Le chemin le plus court pour aller à Glacier point en Hiver! Croisé un Lynx 1 mile après le départ.

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3 months ago

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