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Panorama Trail

Glacier Point to Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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New Delhi, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We went down this trail from Glacier Point. We should've started earlier - we started back at 3:45 PM, which means it was dark by the time we got back, so we were finding our way by flashlight for the last hour. The views and sights along the way are phenomenal. The trail requires endurance, though, even if you're coming... More

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USA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We only had one day to spend inside the park as we were rafting down Tuolumne River for the other 2 days so we chose to hike down Panorama Trail from Glacier Point and we weren't disappointed. The only reason why I agreed to do this 8.5mile/5-6hr hike was because I was told that most of it would be downhill.... More

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Placerville, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I love this trail. My trail marathoner son hikes up to Glacier Point early morning and meets the rest of us (not-so-in-shape) family members. We like to leave Glacier point by 9:30am, that gets us back to the Valley before sundown (Sept). This is a magnificent hike, I love the views as well as the workout. The hike down the... More

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Santa Monica, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I've been coming to Yosemite for over 40 years and have been hiking the trails throughout this time, developing ever-increasing familiarity with what's out there and how best to get to it. I have found any number of side trails that have taken me to locations used by photographers that aren't on the beaten path. But this time was special.... More

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Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Whether you start at the top or bottom, this trail is hard work! This strenuous 8.3 mile trail tested the limits of physical and mental strength and stamina. We have the aching muscles, blisters, and photos to prove it. IT WAS WORTH EVERY STEP!!! Our morning started with an informative and entertaining nature and history bus tour to Glacier Point... More

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This may be the best trail in the park. It gets you away from all the craziness on the valley floor and takes you away from people where you have the park to yourself - at least until you reach the top of Nevada Falls. Generally you hike down an exposed ridge before starting a 800 foot climb through a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Check weather beforehand and pack rain gear no matter what the forecast is. If you get in a thunderstorm during this trail there will be rivers to step though (makeable even for children, but you will get wet feet). Mostly easy unpaved trail with enough signs to keep the path, nice views the whole time and some impressive photo spots.... More

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Betws y Coed
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We hiked up the 4-mile trail to Glacier point then took the Panorama trail down. Despite it being hellishly busy at Glacier point, literally a few steps onto the trail, we had the place to ourselves. We passed a total of 6 people for the majority of the trail, before it got busier on the Mist trail section. I was... More

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San Diego, California
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258 reviews 258 reviews
139 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Hiking Panorama Trail from Glacier Point the whole way down to Yosemite Valley is amazing every step of the way. After hiking 60 miles in a week stay in Yosemite we found this to be our favorite hike. The views of Half Dome, Liberty Cap, North Dome, the Giant's Staircase, etc. are amazing and change with every twist of the... More

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Top Contributor
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29 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The weather was a little unpredictable - (please don't think we are weanies), so we took the bus from the lodge ($25), one way to Glacier Point. The bus ride was fun because our bus driver told stories and shared trivia all along the way. Ask for Sam - great story teller. We took the 8:30 bus to make sure... More

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