Four Mile Trail
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  • Nate S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Views in Yosemite Are On The Way Up!
    This hike with the highlight of our family trip! So beautiful and challenging, but our entire family including an athletic nine year old made it up in the average amount of time expected complete it without issue. We had not originally planned to take this hike if the road had been open. But, wouldn't have wanted to miss this awe-inspiring journey. Some of our best pictures from the entire trip came from this hike! Just driving to the top would've missed the incredible journey! We are so glad we chose to stretch our physical limits! There is a rustic bathroom open at the summit even though the road is closed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Kristian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark469 contributions
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    Impressive hike
    Along with my 14 year old son I did the walk up and Down again due to the closing of the Glacier point Road. It was a really impressive experience. Steep since you climb more Than 1000 meters / 3000 feet. It takes around 2 h 15 up and 1 h 45 Down. The trail has so many beautiful views bur also around 50 switchbacks. When you reach the top it is truly beautiful and with amazing views of the entire Valley. You Will see Yosemite falls from across the Valley, half dome, Nevada and vernan falls and you Will see the Valley floor.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
  • HeatherCox
    Fredericktown, Missouri102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rewarding Challenge
    This trail could be a challenging monster at times, but it was very rewarding! The views change all the way up and Glacier Point is amazing. I was hoping to hike the Panorama, but with the shuttle not being in service this year, this was my second choice, and it did not disappoint. The way down was more challenging than expected, maybe due to the lack of grip on the bottom of my shoes. The fine granite sand on top of the old, paved trail made it a bit slippery in the steep spots. We arrived early, around 7:30-8 and had no trouble parking right at the trail head. I think our total time with hanging at Glacier Point for a bit was 6 hours. Take as many breaks as you need and enjoy the views.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
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HeatherCox
Fredericktown, MO102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
This trail could be a challenging monster at times, but it was very rewarding! The views change all the way up and Glacier Point is amazing. I was hoping to hike the Panorama, but with the shuttle not being in service this year, this was my second choice, and it did not disappoint. The way down was more challenging than expected, maybe due to the lack of grip on the bottom of my shoes. The fine granite sand on top of the old, paved trail made it a bit slippery in the steep spots. We arrived early, around 7:30-8 and had no trouble parking right at the trail head. I think our total time with hanging at Glacier Point for a bit was 6 hours. Take as many breaks as you need and enjoy the views.
Written 23 August 2023
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Kristian M
Copenhagen, Denmark469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Along with my 14 year old son I did the walk up and Down again due to the closing of the Glacier point Road.

It was a really impressive experience. Steep since you climb more Than 1000 meters / 3000 feet. It takes around 2 h 15 up and 1 h 45 Down.

The trail has so many beautiful views bur also around 50 switchbacks. When you reach the top it is truly beautiful and with amazing views of the entire Valley.

You Will see Yosemite falls from across the Valley, half dome, Nevada and vernan falls and you Will see the Valley floor.
Written 19 July 2023
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Ashley
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Very nice hike. We got quite a good work out but the view is well worth the effort. Beautiful view of the valley, Yosemite fall and Half dome. It took us 7 hours round trip. We took many breaks along the way and spent some time admiring the view from Glacier point. The weather was cool so we didn’t have to drink too much water but I think at least 3 liters of water needed since there is no refill station along the trail.
Written 27 June 2023
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Nate S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This hike with the highlight of our family trip! So beautiful and challenging, but our entire family including an athletic nine year old made it up in the average amount of time expected complete it without issue. We had not originally planned to take this hike if the road had been open. But, wouldn't have wanted to miss this awe-inspiring journey. Some of our best pictures from the entire trip came from this hike! Just driving to the top would've missed the incredible journey! We are so glad we chose to stretch our physical limits! There is a rustic bathroom open at the summit even though the road is closed.
Written 22 June 2023
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Catherine K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Hey there! If you are reading this you may have been like me searching to see if this trail was out of your league. So here is some in-depth stuff to know. It’s amazing. It has given me such a boost in confidence. I’m still beaming 3 days later. I am over weight and out of shape. When my husband suggested Yosemite I was thrilled. Then he mentioned 4 mile two weeks before we were to leave. At first I was like “ 4 miles no problem”. If no one had told you up and down is closer to 10. The shuttle wasn’t running. It was also labeled strenuous. Immediately I went into “I can’t do this mode” but I could see how much my husbands wanted to. I went into prep mode- bought a backpack with a water pouch, good hiking shoes, and other things to bring that would help my confidence. I over prepared. We got to the park at 7am and was able to find a spot. It was shady and cool to begin. The first few switch backs had me breathing very hard and I had a moment where I thought I couldn’t do it. Then I saw people younger than me taking a break. That’s my biggest suggestion . Stop as much as you want/need. Eat snacks while taking in the beautiful views. Enjoy your time going up. Is it hard yes but absolutely doable. Rest at the top as long as you’d like. We hiked to Washburn Point and stayed there for a while as well. The way down I actually felt was harder. My shoes apparently didn’t fit as well as they should have creating blisters and pretty bad foot pain. It’s definitely slippery on the way down. I did end up falling and scraping my leg but nothing crazy. We also took our time on the way down while people ran by which is fine. Don’t forget the sun block! On the way down it was pretty much completely in the sun and I got a nice burn. Once you reach the bottom you will have such a rush. I know this was a long story but I felt like I would have benefitted from something like this. Do it! You won’t regret it. Oh, we also saw a Bob Cat at the top. Absolutely magical! Also, we met so many wonderful people from all over the world. I’m not a people person but everyone was so kind and supportive- is was kind of amazing.
Written 21 June 2023
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Pascal H
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Hiked this morning at sunrise before the crowd after reading David S. review. 2hrs 20 not pushing hard at all (and carrying 10kg pack for conditioning) it’s easily doable. Two young guys passed me going up they got there in 1hr 40. Just pack water and snacks and maybe lekkie sticks for your knees coming down.

This is one of the most rewarding hikes in Yosemite because of the amazing views enroute and at the Too. Also with the road closed there are none of the usual big crowds at Glacier Point. If you have time and the legs! another 4-5hrs will bring you back down to the valley via the panorama trail.
Written 8 October 2022
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David S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
An amazing hike! I am 60 years old, in good shape for my age, and my 26 year old daughter and I hiked to the top in under 2 1/2 hours! I am not good with heights but the trail, although high, did not bother me at all. Bring 3-4 litres of water per person. Start early as you will have shade almost all the way up. Bug spray will help for the first 40 minutes when bugs were about, but after that there really aren’t any. The hike down wasn’t difficult even though our legs were somewhat tired. Snacks for the way up helped and a lunch at the top overlooking the amazing vistas was great! We were nervous undertaking the hike based on some reviews but not to worry...it can be conquered!!! Enjoy!
Written 5 October 2022
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Ashvp
Spain83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
We only spent 1 day in Yosemite Park and this was our first hike. While it's says '4 miles' it is actually closer to 5 miles to get to the summit at Glacier Point, an elevation climb of 3,200 feet.There are other connecting hikes you can do to further extend this, which we didn't have timefor.

We started at 10.20am, later than we had hoped because the YARTS shuttle bus was very late and took a long time to get to the village. The weather was favourable, cloudy and mild which really helped. We carried 1.5L of water each plus some energy bars.

There were very few people on this hike so felt like we had the place to ourselves.The road tourists previously used to get straight to the viewpoint at Glacier Point had been closed for resurfacing, which luckily meant very few tourists.

The climb up is tough but views are absolutely breathtaking. You can see both Yosemite falls, El Capitan and Half dome as you make your way up plus the Reverse Tunnel view. We managed to reach the summit at Glacier point in 1 hour 38mins - which we were ecstatic about after being told 2.5-3.5 hours is the usual time taken to go up. The view from the top is worth the time and effort and a lovely place to sit, eat a picnic lunch and relax. We could have spent hours there but decided to decend back down.

We descended in 1hr 31mins stopping off at another viewpoint a third of the way down.

Overall a fantastic experience surrounded by jawdropping scenery!
Written 2 August 2022
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Dmax32
Milford, CT375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This is a steep trail that is narrow in some spots. Views were amazing. Not overly crowded when we did it. Take you r time and enjoy the views.
Written 8 August 2021
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🩷globalgirl🩷
Beverly Hills, CA56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
This was a strenuous and rewarding hike! This was my first hike while visiting Yosemite for the first time!! I love morning hikes as there is less traffic and you really get to enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. I arrived at 8am on Saturday morning and found plenty of parking along the road. You will see the sign ‘four miles trail’ from the road. Started the hike at 8:10am. This is a steep steady incline of a hike with constant switchbacks all the way up. This is also more closer to a 5 mile hike and that’s one way all the way up so coming down you would be doing close to 10 miles in total. Halfway up I got a bit freaked out doing a solo hike as i thought I would see more hikers than I actually did. I only saw 4 people while I was going up. I also am afraid of heights with certain things so there were definitely some points where I was as close to the rocks as I could be. When I thought about going back, my body just turned around with determination and continued onward, so glad I did!! It was very rewarding when I reached the top. The views are magnificent and you get a great view of half dome. Be prepared to see quite a few people at the top as there are tour buses that drive people to the top of glacier point. I stayed up here to have snacks and enjoy the views. They have a filling station for water that was working thankfully.
Made it up in 2hrs 35 minutes, very happy with my time! I’m 44 and I work out 5-6 days a week, mainly strength training. The way up is definitely all glutes, hamstrings and calves. The way down, you would think would be a lot quicker but I took my time as it’s very steep and there’s loose gravel and you can definitely slip. The way down is all quads. Got back to my car at 2:20pm. I saw some people struggling half mile into the hike when I was coming down. I definitely told them to go another day when it’s early morning as it was all sun when they were starting and hot! When I started it was 68-70 degrees, when I finished it was 95 degrees. It was also all shade on the way up and all sun on the way down. Didn’t get to see Yosemite falls as there were none but you do get amazing views. My body wasn’t sore the next day but 2 days later…ouch… after ending up also doing 2 hikes the next day after this one.

What I brought…drank about 2.5 liters of water, I add lemon slices to my water for vitamins, BCAA’s. Apple, clementines, a meal bar, gum, sunscreen, lip moisturizer (helps when you’re thirsty), money as the have a shop you can buy snacks at the top but I was good with what I brought, a hand towel- I put this on my shoulders and held it with my backpack draped on my shoulders, helped out sooo much since it was all sun on the way down.

Happy to say I conquered this one! Would I do it again? Probably not as there are many other hikes I would like to try when I come back to Yosemite. But this was definitely a great way to start my visit and being my first hike I’ve done in Yosemite! It was a beast!
Written 26 July 2021
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