Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Trail · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Climb an elevation of 1,000 m (3,200 feet) to experience commanding views of some of Yosemite's most iconic features, on Four Mile Trail. The modern trail within Yosemite National Park follows the path of a 19th century toll trail, from which it takes its name (though today it covers a distance closer to five miles). The trail offers excellent views of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite Falls, as well as the park's icons, El Capitan and Half Dome. A side trail along the way takes you to Union Point, which offesr more views of the valley. The steep, partially paved path presents a strenuous challenge--experts recommend starting early in the day because there's not much shade on top, and the round trip can take six to eight hours. Be aware that the trail can close after heavy snowfall. Take the guesswork out of planning a Yosemite National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Having done this twice during a very wet year (2017) and a very dry year (2020), I can say that it is a two at times and a five at others. From a pure climbing perspective, it is awful - truly...  more »
  • My ten year old son and I went for a long day-hike on a short day. The forecast calls for snow in both the high country and the valley tomorrow so we wanted to squeeze in one last epic hike this...  more »
  • Difficult when going upstairs. Takes 2 hours (sporty people) - 3 hours (slow walkers) to go up. Providing beautiful views. Wide path, very safe. Just a few people (we got up very early to.prevent crowds however.the trail was nearly empty (July)
  • One of our favourite hikes in Yosemite. It took us roughly 2-3 hours to get up the trail. Can be a bit steep at times but the incredible views make it worthwhile! Heads up - Beware of rattlesnakes. Xo Kazza Reviews

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