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Four Mile Trail

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Four Mile Trail

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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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Enjoy a spectacular—and seamless—way to discover Yosemite National Park and its extraordinary scenery with this full-day sightseeing tour. In the morning, meet your guide and depart from Fresno or Oakhurst. You’ll be able to discover many of the park’s best-known attractions in a single tour, from El Capitan and Glacier Point to Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Valley. Lunch and entry fees are included for your convenience.
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JPatti1 wrote a review Jul 2020
Chicago, Illinois100 contributions33 helpful votes
Having done this twice during a very wet year (2017) and a very dry year (2020), I can say that it is a two at times and a five at others. From a pure climbing perspective, it is awful - truly, unadulteratedly awful. The climb up is brutal and the climb down is painful. One does this hike ONLY for the views, principally of Yosemite Falls. And therein lies the difference in the ratings. When Yosemite Falls is alive, as it was during our 2017 climb, this perspective provides some of the most spectacular views of the falls (see also Sentinel Dome) and one gets different looks at the falls from many levels and angles. Doing this hike upwards and then again downwards in 2017 in 95 degree heat was worth the suffering. On the other hand, the falls were no more than spittle by late July 2020 and thus provided no solace to the effort of the downward climb this year - basically just a series of never-ending, slightly too-steep switchbacks for two hours (can be done downwards in 1.5 hours or less if you are not held back by a slower or more cautious group member). There is ZERO reason to do this hike in either direction if Yosemite Falls is not in full flow.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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D. Michael W wrote a review Nov 2019
San Ramon, California304 contributions43 helpful votes
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My ten year old son and I went for a long day-hike on a short day. The forecast calls for snow in both the high country and the valley tomorrow so we wanted to squeeze in one last epic hike this season. We got on the trail about 8, made it to the top around 11. It was cold and our layers kept needing to be switched up with the changes in our pace and the weather. I’m glad we hiked on a cold fall day, I can imagine how much tougher the hike would be on a hot summer day. Don’t rush. Enjoy the views. The hike is amazing and was a great start to a much longer trip (we took the Panorama Trail to the JMT to get back to the valley). The trail was not crowded until you reached Glacier Point, which was worth the trip up (at least drive there if hiking isn’t your thing)!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Aaron D wrote a review Nov 2019
Mount Vernon, Illinois45 contributions5 helpful votes
Beautiful hike. Very strenuous and lengthy. We left the car around 0900 and didn’t get back until 530pm. Having to stop multiple times. All uphill one way and all down hill the other. Downhill seemed to be just as difficult due to the loose gravel and steep drop offs. We were definitely some of the slower hikers on the trail, but felt as if we kept a steady pace.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Boingjimgy1st wrote a review Oct 2019
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom31 contributions18 helpful votes
Yup you gotta climb. You don't have to rush . Its amazing. I am afraid of heights but this is just something else and you never feel on the edge of a precipice as the trail is totally safe. Go for it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Pat G wrote a review Sep 2019
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom152 contributions54 helpful votes
We decided on a long walk and wanted to get away from the crowds and see some other views than those of the picture postcards Family of 5 with kids 13, 11 and 8. Used to walks of 1 to 2 hours, all reasonably fit but nothing of this scale Having tried to find out about the route and suitability for families thought I would put a few details that may help others In summary - an astonishing walk with incredible scenery and a perfect family experience. We were all a little tired and sore in evening but all look back as a highlight of the holiday Timings We set off 9.15am at the foot of four mile trail and took 2hr 45 Mins to glacier point. Stopping a few times for photos and water and a snack Took an hour and a bit for a picnic at glacier point The panorama trail took about 4 hours 20 mins down to the bus stop including a lot of water stops and some time at the falls. We walked steadily but not over fast Conditions and Paths Conditions were good. 28 Celsius and hadn’t rained for days The glacier point path is pretty easy on way up. Wide well maintained and easy walking. The panorama trail is a little less wide and maintained but still ok. It’s mainly sandy The trail down from Nevada Falls is less well maintained. Often some rocks in the path to be avoided. With sore feet was quite a chore. It gets very well maintained further down at the bottom Our preparation We had deliberately chosen not to bring serious hiking gear as we coming from UK and next stop was Hawaii So we walked in gym gear and gym trainers Took large day ruck sac with provision. Note Take a lot of water. We had 1 per person litres all drank by top of glacier point.good news is can refill there. I would advise at least 2 litres per person for panorama. It is exposed to the sun Take hats and sun cream If you want, take a picnic. But food available at glacier point Views Just incredible. El Capitan on way up first part, then yosemite falls, then half dome close up The view at glacier point is a highlight but jam Packed with tourists so we took our picnic off to some rocks with a view and ate there Panorama trail starts with constant and ever evolving view of half dome. Down to a river where we paddled and rested for a while Nevada falls is spectacular and if you are brave paddle upstream. Lovely site to rest Last part of the trail in the woods doesn’t have much view and when tired is a bit of a slog. The end We got to the bus stop which had a huge queue. My daughter and I chose to walk back to hotel (majestic) but rest of family waited...it took them 2 buses to get a space. So factor into your planning I hope this helps any of you who read it. Enjoy!!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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