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Four Mile Trail

HARD 243 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
2 days ago

5 star view and a good workout, less than stellar trail surface. Much of it is concrete that's covered with sand/gravel, making it much slippier than it should be for its grade on the way down. Wish I'd taken the advice of some here to take the Panorama Trail down! (Although perhaps that trail has the same issue, as many trails in the park seem to...) Not a lot of parking, show up early to get a spot. I've read in some reviews that there is exposure (of the fall risk variety) on the trail... I don't think it's any worse than typical trails with >3K' gain. It's just the pesky feet slipping issue, so hiking poles for the way down should be considered. If you like switchbacks, you can bang this one out in the morning and feel like you've gotten a good workout + breathtaking view. Also, is cooler in the morning than the trails on the other side of the valley as is not in direct sun.

Gotta give it 4 stars for the surface, but I definitely recommend this one.

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8 days ago

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9 days ago

Wonderful hike. Glacier point Road was closed so the top was not crowded at all. Beautiful views

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16 days ago

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17 days ago

Great spot to see the Yosemite Valley! Give yourself the chance to go down the Panorama Trail to get different views of the valley. We recommend about 6-8 hours for the full experience.

hiking
17 days ago

Did this as our first hike in Yosemite at the end of August. Tough trail but we loved it and definitely recommend it. Bring lots of water. We went up this way and then took the panorama trail down. Made for a great day. Took us about 2 hrs to get up to glacier point on this trail. Views are amazing, so worth it.

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21 days ago

Closer to 5 miles than 4, amazing views of the valley.

24 days ago

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26 days ago

incredible trail. so beautiful.continously high steeps. It tooks me 2:30h to do it and reach the glaciar point and 1:30 to come back down. So hard. I see some people coming back giving Up. totally recomended.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Second hike in the park for the gf and I. Beautiful trail with amazing views as you look across the valley. Definitely a leg workout. Bring plenty of water and some snacks for along the way. Great spot at the top looking over at Half Dome, Clouds Rest and Vernal and Nevada Falls. The hike back down is where you really work the legs but about 30 minutes faster than the climb. Just got us excited for longer and bigger hikes!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, steep in spots, but not really hard if you're in good shape. Unreal views. A must do hike in Yosemite. Take a swim in the river after with a beer. Life is good!!

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1 month ago

Amazing trail! I hiked it Aug-18-2017 and it was pretty strenuous on the way up but had incredible views that were surreal, almost hard to believe how majestic it was. Definitely bring hydration, snacks, and be prepared for changing weather conditions. We thankfully got down the trail just in time for it to start hailing and heavy rain :D

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1 month ago