Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail



9.4 miles

Elevation Gain

3200 ft

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This hike to Glacier Point allows you to catch a sunrise and sunset on Half Dome in Yosemite. You can shorten the hike to 1 mile roundtrip, especially if stargazing, by starting at the Glacier Point Trailhead.

Glacier Point is one of the highlights of Yosemite. The point is located at the end of Glacier Point Road. This viewpoint allows you to survey the entire Yosemite Valley and gives the viewer a captivating sight of Half Dome. It's a little bit of a tourist trap (especially during the summer season), but worth it.

If you're up for hiking to the point at night, the stars are another amazing feature. During a clear night, you can see the complete Milky Way in all it's beauty. If you're doing the night hike, you may want to consider the 1-mile roundtrip hike from the Glacier Point Trailhead.

If you're feeling more adventurous, you can hike up Four Mile Trail from the valley. The trail takes you away from the tourism and gives you more exposure to the natural beauty of Yosemite. This hike is actually closer to 5 miles one way, 9.7 miles roundtrip. It's a little more intense, but definitely worth it.

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Wow! Thank you God!

As long as you're on you're in Yosemite, take a few nights to acclimate, then some early Tuesday morning or so to begin the Four Mile Trail around 7:00. Bring water, snacks, a camera, and a sense of wonder as you ascend along the walls to get to Glacier Point. Once there, treat yourself and someone else to lunch. Take an hour so to chill before embarking on the Panorama Trail. Accept any one you see on the trail as a welcome visitor ( as you are one too). You will see people. Take the John Muir Trail down. Remember: leave only footprints; take only photographs. Enjoy the wonder-fall into the mystic! Be thrilled! By the time you get to Happy Isles, you'll have traversed three falls, drank plenty of water, and countless memories. Take the shuttle back to Yosemite Village- walk across the valley floor with a flashlight and use it to find the car at the Four Mile Trail trailhead. Share your story!

I'm lost!

but which type of snack and what brand of water!!?

Best Way To See Yosemite

We hiked early morning! It has the best view of El Capitan, dime and Yosemite! It feels very long but worth it!

Worth every minute

This is an epic hike, and I highly recommend it. It gives an incredible view of the valley and gives you a chance to leave the hordes of people in the valley. I STRONGLY encourage setting out for this hike as early as possible for a great sunrise. Or choose to leave later in the afternoon and hang out for a sunset. Either way you can't go wrong.

From Top to Bottom

Did this hike from the top of glacier point down to the Merced River. The hike itself was pretty rough especially if you're not used to downhill hikes--or anything downhill. After the hike, we dipped our feet into the river and look up Glacier Point to see how much we achieved in the last few hours. ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

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