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Address: Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Great views of Yosemite waterfalls on longer day hike

This is my favorite trail in Yosemite National Park. There are great views of the valley from Glacier Point, and of Yosemite Falls, Nevada Fall, and Vernal Fall from the trail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is my favorite trail in Yosemite National Park. There are great views of the valley from Glacier Point, and of Yosemite Falls, Nevada Fall, and Vernal Fall from the trail. As well as Illilouette Fall, which is a difficult one to see. We actually prefer hiking up the trail from Happy Isles to Glacier Point, rather than hiking down... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This was the best hike we did in our 2 week road trip, although felt much further than 9 miles! It's not a loop hike and the general buses don't go up to Glacier point where it starts, so pre-book the bus from Yosemite Lodge in advance on the website (we wouldn't have got on it on the day). You... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

My brother and I completed this hike mid June. It was absolutely my favorite hike of this lifetime so far. The waterfalls were beautiful the views of the valley changed as you walked and were absolutely beautiful each time. Words and pictures can not do this hike justice. I was a little nervous before we started because I am not... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It was awesome hike. 3 waterfalls, 8.5 miles, 6 hours... My daughter and took 8:30 am shuttle to the Glacier point. We started hiking down at 10:30 am. It was fun - the waterfalls, the switchback trail, giant sugar pine cone, the friendly hikers, the Mist trail... we love it. We would definitely do this trail again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

My husband was trying to convince me to do the Half Dome hike, but my fear of heights (the cables plus the 14 miles round trip) got the best of me and we settled on this one. It was great!! You get amazing views of Half Dome, Nevada and Vernal Falls for the first 1-2 miles. There is a stretch... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The Panorama Trail starts at Glacier Point and ends in the Valley Floor (at Happy Isles). It is a 8.5 miles hike that, depending on your fitness level and speed of walking, can take between 5-8 hours. It is mostly downhill besides an uphill section of about 1-2 miles. It takes you right past Illoette (spelling?) Falls, Nevada Falls and... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We debated between this and the four mile trail. We took the bus to Glacier Point and the driver said how great the views were, and he wasn't wrong, great views very hard on the knees especially if you return via the falls with probably 1000ft of steps down the mountain side. When we reached the parking lot I could... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Have done this hike many times. Starts at Glacer Point and weaves down through Nevada and Vernal Falls. I love this hike.

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Madison
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I headed out from Glacial Point and enjoyed the views and seeing the fissures in the rocky cliffs. But then a small metal sign on a thin metal post pointed me in the wrong direction--which I figured out about 20 minutes later. Of course, that meant another 20 and more minutes spent back tracking. I was surprised the directional sign... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Good chance of seeing the black bear, in brown, so be careful and recommend wearing a tiny bell. Bring lots of water , and a water purification device, like a filter straw from REI. Avoid the ball-bearing slippery '4 mile trail' and the very sandy and tiring 'upper yosemite falls trail'. Consider the 'snow creek trail' opposite Half Dome for... More 

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Address: Address: Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Yosemite National Park

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