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Four Mile Trail is a 9.2 mile 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.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 3,612 ft Route type Out & Back

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Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm 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.

Park either at the top at Glacier Point, with bathrooms, snack bar and souvenir shop; or at the bottom near the Swinging Bridge there are spaces along the road or at the Swinging Bridge parking lot. There are no facilities here so be sure you do what you need to do before starting.

Yosemite National Park Call 209/372-0200 (then dial 3 then 5) The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). If the ranger is using the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and they'll return your call. Public Information Office PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389 California Travel and Tourism Commission, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Be sure to bring PLENTY of water

Directions from south Arch Rock Entrance to park at the bottom: Follow Highway 140 into the park and bear right on Southside Drive. Park your car in the allocated spots near mile marker 18. Recommend you take the hikers' bus to Glacier Point (i.e. 8:30AM bus) and hike down, rather than parking at Glacier Point and planning to catch the hikers' bus back up. Going down, the trail ends about a mile west of Yosemite Village, which is accessible by riding the El Capitan Shuttle (summer only) or by crossing the Merced River on Swinging Bridge. Note the bus tours can fill, so it is recommended to first ride the bus and then hike your return trip. You can also shuttle two vehicles (lots of driving) or have a friend or family member drop you off at one trailhead and hiking up or down.

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Kerry Kennedy
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Love the view of the valley from here! The whole trail has a beautiful view, especially at sunset. It was just switchbacks all the way, so very challenging up or down, but epic views. I only did the descent hike, but with my backpacking pack it was incredibly challenging. If you’re hiking up, pack light! It’s an hour drive up to the top of glacier point, so account for that if you plan to hike down from the trailhead instead of up.

Yi Cai
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Hiking

Gorgeous view of the valley and of half dome going all the way up. Lots of switchbacks and altitude gain. I’d say about 75% shaded depending on when you are going and where the sun is. Took us about 6.5 hours to get to glacier point but we stopped a lot for pictures and snacks.

Nathan Brauner
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Alex Irvin
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Breathtaking views of the valley. Pretty much all switchbacks

Jack Breton
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47QLhCoUVsI&feature=youtu.be Check my video out of the hike!

femalehiker .com
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Beautiful trail up the valley to Glacier Point. You can stop at Union Point and turn around but as some reviewers mentioned the view isn’t great. There’s a tree blocking most of your vision. Recommend going all the way up to glacier and getting a snack before turning around Took us 3 hours and 50 min

Saad Syed
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Great trail! Definitely on the hard side but we finished up to glacier point and back in about 6.5 hours with plenty of breaks. Going up is always hard but coming down on this one was rough at times. Keep your footing, rest in between to be nice to your ankles, and watch out for slippery areas. Other than that the views are great!

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Great trail! Bring plenty of water. Hi early to beat the crowd. Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing view of Half Dome in the valley from Glacier Point. Happy hiking!

Shane Devlin
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Awesome hike with great views of the valley. Glacier point was fairly crowded so better to start early in the AM to beat the rush. Don't need to carry too much water as there is a place to refill at the top

Scout Leonard
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Great hike! View at Glacier Point is totally worth the effort. We saw a sooty grouse female and her 4 baby chicks about a quarter mile from the top. Very shaded.

Angel Paquette
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Partially shaded (some shaded areas some not). Downhill is definitely more painful than uphill. We spent 3 hours 20 minutes round trip to Union Point and back with some time to take in the views at the top (little to no breaks up and down). Greats views but have to be honest, there are one or two trees blocking what would be perfect visibility. Gorgeous anyway!!

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Rashmi Hadli
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Hiking date: 27-June-2020 Early summer The name is “4 mile”, but actual distance is close to 5 miles (1 way). We started at 9:20 from Four miles trailhead. For most portion of the trail (around 3.5 miles), it was shaded. For the rest 1.5 miles, shade was on & off. If shade is a criteria for you, start early. We hiked 1 way & it took 3 hours. There are lot of mosquitoes & other flies, get your repellent cream/spray. Though the elevation gain is more than Upper Yosemite Falls trail, the hike itself is easier than that. Do visit Union Point, which gives 360 degrees views : Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, Valley, Yosemite Falls & Half Dome. Number of parking spaces at 4 miles trailhead are less, you may use Swinging Bridge picnic or Sentinel Beach parking.

Vishal Arora
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Date of hike: 26th June 2020. We started this trail at 10am and reached at the Glacier Point by 2pm. Start early if possible to avoid direct sun. The hike is quite strenuous due to elevation. Lots of shades to rest. Good views of the valley. Hiking shoes, hiking poles, hydration pack, water and food is recommended. Wear your sunscreen. Total water consumed during the hike was 2 liters. I gulped half a liter before starting the hike. Eat every hour around 300 calories. Preferred to do this with someone or in the group of you are not a seasoned hiker. At Glacier Point you can refill water and buy beverages, ice cream etc from the gift shop. We did Panorama trail via Mist trail after that. Started 3pm and reached the valley by 9:30pm. After that another 2 hrs of walk on road to the Four Mile Trailhead parking lot. Bring headlamps and enough water and food for this hike. Do not attempt the 2nd hike if you are not fit and a seasoned hiker.

Brett Chaponot
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Abhimanyu Banerjee
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One of my favorite trails. We did this trail in mid June, starting at 1:30 pm on the valley floor trailhead . Back down at 7:45 pm after spending about 1 hr at Glacier point eating lunch and taking in the views. The views are spectacular ! And worth the long climb . This is one of those hikes where going down is still fun as You get the see the Yosemite valley changing colors with the setting sun. Make sure you carry about 1.5 liters of water at least, that’s how much each of us needed (on a sunny day in June) the trail is mostly covered in shade but you will face some sun

Dylan Voth
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Hiking

Intense hike but so worth it it takes a full day! Did about a year ago very strenuous. The view up at the top it’s breathtaking!!

Elena Bridges
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Hiking

Hiked up Union Point and back as the busses are not running at this time. Gorgeous views of the valley and Yosemite Falls the entire way up.

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Carlos Carbajal
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Gia Ramirez
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HikingBugsRocky

AMAZING views the entire way up ! As soon as you get to the top totally worth all the hard work that comes with this hike! Definitely strenuous and wouldn’t recommend if this is your first time hiking a more difficult trail, however if you want to check out the view you can drive to the very top and get the same views without all the sweat and labored breathing haha! Bring enough water to last you up and back (we took 3L) and it worked for us. Brought snacks just in case , but too exhausted to eat them until we hit the top! Some of the most breathtaking views and you’ll definitely get your workout in! Happy Hiking ! I highly suggest soaking your legs after in an “ice bath” over across at sentinel beach area! Water was perfect recovery for us!

Brock Auxier
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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

Cris Hazzard
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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.

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

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Jamey Watkins
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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!

Gabriela Castro
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HikingIcySnow

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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