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Four Mile Trail

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Four Mile Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
8.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3389 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

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.

10 days ago

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16 days ago

Incredible, challenging trail. Each switchback on the way up you get a better and better view of the valley. I kept taking the same picture over and over, just from about 50' higher each time! Once you come around the corner and see Half Dome - really amazing view. Once we got to Glacier Point, we took the Panorama Trail to Vernal Falls and the Mist Trail down to the valley floor. Very long, challenging and rewarding day hike.

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28 days ago

Though I was out of shape, I still made it to glacier point.

I had to pause a few times to catch my breath but it was worth it in the end. We did encounter thawing ice which blocked the trail. We just walked over it like everyone did.

1 month ago

Breathtaking views all the way. We went in November when the crowds weren't there.

hiking
1 month ago

I have nothing bad to say about this trail! It has breathtaking views the whole entire way. It starts in Yosemite Valley and ends at the top of Glacier Point. There is a little river you have to cross and it's a little scary because the crossing point is where the water goes down (like a waterfall) - so come prepared with waterproof shoes and trekking poles to help you balance. I decided on 4 stars but that's only because you can backpack on the trail. :)

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1 month ago

great views the whole way and the ultimate view at the top .. only Clouds Rest beats it

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1 month ago

Great hike. First half is all uphill. The views open more and more as you ascend. Great views of the valley and Yosemite falls.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

First time on a real hiking trail. The views were amazing and it was a great workout. didn't get to finish it all since we started later in the afternoon. definitely want to come back and finish the trail.

2 months ago

2 months ago

A great view and a convenience store is waiting for you at the top! Despite the great view the whole four miles up, the switchbacks make this hike seem endless. It's also very crowded once you make it up.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful. But when we got to the top. We were in cloud cover. So glacier point looked like nothing. Cleared up on the way down. Union point was a good side trail. Yosemite is awesome. Bring water. Or eat the snow like I did. It works.