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Panorama Trail

Address: Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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155 reviews 155 reviews
88 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This trail was not difficult and it gives a beautiful perspective of Half Dome and the beautiful valley surrounding it.

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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Only take this hike if you are in shape and without small children. Massive elevation changes. One of the most scenic and beautiful hikes I have ever been on though. Not much can rival the views

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California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This is the premier Yosemite experience as far as I'm concerned. Half dome is too crowded now, Yosemite falls is too strenuous to be enjoyable, 4-mile trail is crowded and boring. This trail can be made moderate, strenuous, or crazy. I think the best way to experience it is to drive two cars into the valley, then carpool up to... More 

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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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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 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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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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84 reviews 84 reviews
8 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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