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Panorama Trail

Glacier Point to Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Half Moon Bay, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This trail starts at Glacier Point and goes around 9 miles, down /then up / then down. Tough, but we thought we did well. The last 0.75 miles is down these granite steps that are killer. We were sore for days, but the view was worth it!

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Roseville, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Panorama Trail offers some of the most incredible views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and Liberty Dome that you can't see anywhere else! The trailhead begins is at Glacier Point and ends at Happy Isles. Since its a one way trail to the valley floor the best way to hike it is to purchase a $25 bus ticket from... More

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San Jose, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you are up for an 8mile hike, I highly recommend taking the Panorama trail from Glacier Point down to Nevada Falls, then take the Mist trail etc. down past Vernal falls back to the valley. When the shuttle is running (probably May-Oct?), you can buy a one-way ticket up to Glacier Point and hike down. Otherwise you'll have to... More

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San Jose, California, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This is a lesser known but wonderful hike that originates from the vista at Glacier Point. It easy to take the bus up...and then hike down. You'll cross several water falls and get some wonderful and unique views of the beautiful Yosemite backcountry. Ample water available along the way during most seasons...bring a filter. Great views of the valley. And... More

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Upminster, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Joined the panorama trail from glacier point after hiking up 4 mile trail. Excellent views and some great places to stop for a picnic. A great way to see lots of different views of half dome. Highly recommend this walk.

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Davis, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Give yourself 4 to 5 hours, carry plenty of water, and bring a camera. We started at the top so the hike was mostly downhill to the valley.

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New Delhi, India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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