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Panorama Trail

Glacier Point to Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Arlington, Virginia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

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... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The hike was intense, especially for a couple of city dwellers, but the views were unparalleled. If you're not used to hiking, I would do what we did and take the bus up to Glacier Point and hike down. Also, if you really want breathtaking, use the mist trail instead of the John Muir trail... the waterfalls are incredible. It's... More

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La Mesa, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This trail provides amazing views of the valley and falls. We took the 4 mile trail up to Glacier Pt. and connected to Panorama Trail over to the Mist Trail (13 miles total). What a spectacular way to see Yosemite.

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Long Beach, CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Bring water (I drank 3 liters), a camera and snacks. We took the tram up and hiked down, but for the more determined take 4 mile up and then hike down. If you can only do one trail, do thus one

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is the hike if you are in Yosemite Valley in the summer time. Great views of the Valley and three waterfalls along the way. Be prepared for muscle fatigue if you are not in top condition.

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Atlanta
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My husband and I hiked this trail at the end of June, and it was a fantastic experience. Since we had limited time, we opted not to hike up to Glacier Point, but take the bus instead. (Plus, ascending 3,000 feet in 4 miles does not sound all that fun.) The buses up to Glacier Point leave from the lodge... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Be sure to book the 8:30 bus to the top and hike down. Take your time stopping and snacking with some of the best views on Earth.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Take the panorama trail down for a great experience. Wonderful waterfalls and cliffs. At least 2 miles uphill.

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Reedsville, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Loved this hike! It has moved in to our top 2 or 3 hikes that we have done in National Parks! We took the hiker bus up to Glacier Point and hiked down. Please come prepared - there were some on the bus with almost no water, and didn't even know about the trail options coming down. This hike is... More

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Bonn, Germany
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Starting out on the Mist trail hiking by Vernal Falls and Nevada Fall and then continuing on the Panorama trail was one of the best hikes ever. The view from Glacier Point at Half Dome and the waterfalls is great! Especially after having seen how tall the waterfalls actually are just a few hours ago. Do it if you have... More

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