Four Mile Trail

HARD 222 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.

hiking
20 hours ago

My first trail at Yosemite. So freaking beautiful. Uphill and excessive switchbacks. Bring lots of water, trust me! Snack shop awaits you at the top.

hiking
1 day ago

Never ending switchbacks feels like your doing the same thing over and over again gets boring very quick not worth it unless your gonna drive up. better views on other shorter trails that have way more variety.

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11 days ago

A great trail that is more like 5 miles than 4. The trail offers great views of El Captain, lower and upper Yosemite Falls and great views of Half dome. At the end is Glacier Point where you can refuel with food, drinks and ice cream!

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14 days ago

Hiked out this morning from the valley floor. What an amazing sunrise over the iconic Half Dome! Watching the sun break light over the majestic Yosemite Granite is something I always cherish. Great trail!

14 days ago

The view is great. It took us 4 hrs to get to the glacial point, and 2 hrs to go back down. Go early, if you don't want to suffer from the sunshine when you climbing up; and bring 3-4 bottles of water per person, you can only refill on the glacial point

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20 days ago

Going down takes 2 hours if you are going at a good pace consistently. Going up is never ending switchbacks but spectacular views. Very unique perspective of Yosemite

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