If you really want to see how beautiful the Yosemite Valley is, this is the hike for you. Take the 8:30 am one-way bus tour to Glacier Point to get an early start to beat the crowds and heat. The hike can range from 8-9 miles depending on which route you take to the valley. Each and every turn brings a more beautiful view. Our family are experienced hikers and we would grade this as medium in difficulty. We took the John Muir trail down from Nevada Falls, which is a little longer, but less steep and less crowded. We started from Glacier Point at 10:30am and finished at the valley floor in about 5 1/2 hours including a long lunch at Nevada Falls.
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