Four Mile Trail
Key information: Four Mile Trail
- Climb steep switchbacks to Glacier Point.
- Really superb views back over the valley.
- However, this trail connects Yosemite's two most popular places, so it is often heaving.
- Walkopedia rating84
- Natural interest16
- Human interest2
- Negative points4
- Total rating84
- Note: Negs: crowding.
- Length: Under 5 miles / 2 - 5 hours
- Maximum Altitude: 7,200ft (2,200m)
- Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
Climb steep switchbacks to Glacier Point on the south side of the valley, nearly 5 miles away despite the trail’s name.
Really superb views back over the valley, and across to Half Dome and straight on to Yosemite Falls in particular, are what makes this trail a stunner.
However, this trail connects Yosemite's two most popular places – Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point – so it is often heaving, and Glacier Point can be pretty depressing. There are memorable views around nearly every corner, though, so people will spread out a bit. This isn’t as a result at the top of Walkopedia’s wish list.
Total elevation gain is 3,200 feet (975 meters)
If you don’t feel like walking back, you can bus back if you can get on one (while excellent in many ways, aren’t always easy logistically - see our Yosemite page for more). A better option could be to bus to Glacier Point, explore the area (Sentinel Dome or a bit of the Pohono Trail) then walk back down the Four Mile – or link up with the Panorama Trail to descend.
With views of Yosemite Falls, which is best in the Spring, when snowmelt is at its peak, a major attraction, Spring is a good time to be walking this trail – smaller crowds, too! (The trail may not open until the Glacier Point Road opens, generally in May.)
See our Yosemite page for more general and practical information (including on getting there/away) and photos.
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