Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail

Four Mile Trail

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.

Pack List

  • TOPO KLETTERSACK 22L
  • Klean Kanteen
  • Camera Equipment (body, tripod, lenses, ect)
  • Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
  • Gerber Remix Fine Edge
  • Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
  • Chaco Z/2 Unaweep Sandal
  • Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
  • Pack a snack and water
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RT Distance 9.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 3200 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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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.


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