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Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park

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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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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
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  • Bring a bug net! At least if you are going in summer. Trekking poles were also a life saver. This trail definitely deserves the “strenuous” accolade, but it is certainly doable! Try to go early to avoid the direct sun on the way down.
  • Beautiful hike but difficult

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