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Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most incredible panoramas of any trail anywhere. Can be done by anyone of resonable fitness. Mostly downhill. Take the t

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Gabriel L
Reviewed December 9, 2018

It is truly a beautiful hike. We took the bus up to Glacier Point and then hiked down to the Valley. October is a good time for the hike in that it is not hot or crowded but the downside at that time of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Indy
Reviewed November 13, 2018

This is the One Hike that Must be Done in Yosemite. Breathtaking views at various points. If you take the shuttle bus to Glacier point it is mostly downhill. Don't miss Panorama point. It is not labeled.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JCB1689
Reviewed October 31, 2018

Hiking in Yosemite, is simply spectacular. the route, any of them, the view, the colors of autumn, the fresh air, the movement and the whisper of the trees leaves by the breeze, is a poetry that speaks of the wonders of God. Although it can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosanna B
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Take the bus to Glacier Point, enjoy the view, and then hike Panorama trail back to the Valley. Not a difficult hike of 8-9 miles--- nearly all downhill. The views of the valley including half dome, liberty cap, clouds rest, Nevada falls, vernal falls are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bret H
Reviewed October 12, 2018

This was a very nice hike. We started at glacier point, hiked down to the valley floor then up gradually up to Nevada falls. It was very pretty nd not too busy.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gmgOc
Reviewed October 6, 2018

The Panorama Trail is an 8.5 mile/13.5 km trail (one way) in Yosemite National Park that stretches between Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley. Whether you go up from Yosemite Valley or come down from Glacier Point, the hike is rated “strenuous” as there is a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
7  Thank BruinDan
Reviewed September 26, 2018

I'm from Indiana, so mountain hiking is not something I was able to practice before my visit. But the Panorama Trail was relatively easy for me to hike. It still had spots where I slowed down and picked my footholds carefully. But overall, it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tyson M
Reviewed August 9, 2018

This was one of the schedule hikes we were looking forward to on our visit to Yosemite National Park, and had therefore pre-booked a seat on the shuttle bus that takes you from the valley floor to Glacier Point. If you’re planning on doing this...More

Date of experience: June 2018
6  Thank Phil A
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Great hike but it was hot. We took the bus up to glacier point to start our hike. Unfortunately, I could only get the 10am bus which meant we started our hike about noon and it was 90F that day......which......was hot.....there is about 1.5 to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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zydeco_woods
February 9, 2019|
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Response from BruinDan | Reviewed this property |
I too am in my mid-sixties and in reasonably good condition, and I definitely found this to be a challenging hike due to its length and the rocky condition of much of the trail. My wife (who's also had a knee replacement... More
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Griffin83
January 16, 2019|
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Response from Bret H | Reviewed this property |
It is a steady descent, not a steep trail. Until you get to the mist trail which is steep and can be slippery. Very well built and maintained. Not difficult for anyone fit enough to simply walk 8 miles.
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Susan v
April 30, 2018|
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Hi I highly recommend asking on the active TripAdvisor forum. This Q&A feature is seldom read. My kids were backpacking and going on long day hikes by those ages, though they have not completed this particular hike. It is... More
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Nick123568
Altrincham, United Kingdom
Self guiding the Panorama Trail (3 Replies)
Is it easy to follow the Trail or do you need detailed maps. I don’t want to do the Trail and have the risk of taking wrong turns and extending what looks like a significant hike already. Also, if staying in the lodge how easy is it to buy a picnic before getting the 8am glacier point shuttle.
October 11, 2017|
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Thank you
perez74
San Francisco
Mariposa Grove this weekend (5 Replies)
We're headed to Yosemite this weekend, with the main plan being to hike on Sunday to the top of Yosemite Falls. We were planning to visit the Mariposa Grove on Saturday before heading to the valley. However, with road access in to the grove area up in the air (I think) and with the storms this week, I'm wondering if conditions will be too soggy in the Mariposa Grove. We're heading back in June (with a focus on rafting in the valley and hiking the Panorama Trail) and in July (with a focus...More
April 20, 2010|
Response frommuffya|
The road to mariposa grove is currently closed. You will have to hike up the 2 or so miles to the grove. The tram is also not operating. That is why they suggest May-when the services resume.
kysd
San Diego, California
Panorama Trail with kids (8 Replies)
Anyone hiked the Panorama Trail (down from Glacier Point) with kids? We will be visiting Yosemite May 2017 with family. Just wondering whether it's a good idea for kids ages 4 and 6 to hike this trail.
September 24, 2016|
Response fromchinita415|
You mean all the way down to the valley or just part way? It's a long hike even for adults for the former. But definitely feasible for the latter. Or you can do some of the other hikes like Sentinel Dome that do not have large elevation changes but still with good views.