Virtual Guidebook to Yosemite and the Central Sierra Nevada
Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point
Yosemite National Park California


The Four Mile Trail leads from the floor of Yosemite Valley up switchbacks to Glacier Point on the valley rim, an elevation difference of 3200 feet (1000 m). It is a challenging hike in either direction.

The trail was built in 1872 and was originally 4 miles long, but rebuilding to make it safer and eliminate some steep stretches has lengthened it to almost five miles. It is closed in winter because of the danger of avalanches.

The lower half of the Four Mile Trail gives views of Sentinel Rock and Yosemite Falls. Above Union Point it rounds to the east and affords views of Half Dome.



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Sentinel Rock and Sentinel Falls from the bottom of the Four Mile Trail

(June 4, 2006)


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The Four Mile Trail starts off with steep switchbacks through live oak forest

(June 1, 2009)


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As the Four Mile Trail climbs out of the llive oak forest fantastic views open up

(June 1, 2009)


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The Four Mile Trail was rebuilt to make the switchbacks less steep

(June 1, 2009)


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After climbing alongside Sentinel Rock the Four Mile Trail raounds a corner and affords a view of Half Dome

(June 1, 2009)


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Open brush fields of manzanita afford expansive views from the Four Mile Trail

(June 1, 2009)


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Eventually the Four Mile Trail climbs higher than the summit of Sentinel Rock

(June 1, 2009)


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Near the top the Four Mile Trail is higher than the south rim of the valley

(June 1, 2009)


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The last stretch of the Four Mile Trail runs level through forest to Glacier Point

(June 1, 2009)


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