Hike to Glacier Point via Four Mile Trail

Yosemite Four Mile Trail

Added by Joel Bear

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

  • 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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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



9.4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

3200 Feet



Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome Hike

What more can be said really? This bike gives you some of the best views of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls, and it's incredibly rewarding when you finally catch the first glimpse of Half Dome! Just be prepared, it's a steady climb non stop the entire 4.7 miles up. If you're not used to hiking out West, then get an early start and take your time. When you finally summit I guarantee you won't regret it!

3 months ago

11 months ago

Favorite Yosemite Trail. Easily.

As a current resident in Yosemite National Park, the Four Mile Trail has become my absolute favorite trail to hike. It is easily the most rewarding hike all throughout the trail. Magnificent views of the Valley, El Capitan, the Merced River, Yosemite Falls, the Cathedral Rocks, and Sentinel Rock may be seen from incredible angles during the first few miles of the trail. When you finally come around the bend and see Half Dome for the first time, you are almost content enough to turn around right then and there. But don't stop! The views of Half Dome with Vernal and Nevada Falls beneath it are mind blowing...

11 months ago

about 1 year ago

We started the Four Mile Rrail (the name is deceiving because its really 4.8) pretty early in the morning, probably around 8am, summited by noon and enjoyed a nice lunch up on Glacier Point. Climb down the rocks a little to escape the crowds. We had so much of the day left at that point that we decided to take Panorama Trail down the mountain. Ended up being about a 14 mile round trip and was probably the most beautiful hike of my life. Offers some of the best views of the valley from many different perspectives. You'll also hit Illilouette Falls, Vernal Falls, and Nevada Falls on the way down. TREAT YO'SELF you will not regret it.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Start in the valley, and combine the 4-mile trail with the Panorama Trail (which starts at Glacier Point) for a 15 mile hike that I'd consider to be the best day hike in the valley!

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Backpacking to Glacier point in late fall or winter ensures utter solitude and an amazing sunrise view!

almost 2 years ago

almost 2 years ago

We backpacked up there one time in the off season - very creepy at night for some reason. But, so worth it to watch the sunrise as it came up from directly behind half dome. A deer even joined us to watch! An amazing time.

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Favorite Yosemite experience! We went on to the Panorama and down to the Nevada and Vernal Falls! Fun day hike!

about 2 years ago

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