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Panorama Trail

Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We took the bus upto Glacier Point and then hiked the Panorama Trail all the way around the valley and back down. It is fairly strenous but completely worth it. If you are visiting the valley and in fairly good shape physically, this is a MUST DO!!

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Bonita, CA
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25 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We took the bus to Glacier Point and hiked down to the valley. We passed by Illouette Falls and then climbed up the trail, down the trail, up the trail...to Nevada Falls. Nevada Falls is gorgeous and well worth the hike.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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42 helpful votes 42 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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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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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 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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