Four Mile Trail

Four Mile Trail ulasan, Taman Nasional Yosemite


4.5
208 ulasan
Luar biasa
156
Sangat bagus
44
Biasa
5
Buruk
2
Sangat buruk
1

JPatti1
Chicago, IL108 kontribusi
Heaven when Falls flowing, hellacious when not
Jul 2020
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.
Ditulis pada 28 Juli 2020
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D. Michael W
San Ramon, CA304 kontribusi
Worth the effort!
Nov 2019 • Keluarga
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)!
Ditulis pada 26 November 2019
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Aaron D
Mount Vernon, IL51 kontribusi
Wonderful view.
Nov 2019 • Pasangan
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.
Ditulis pada 19 November 2019
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Boingjimgy1st
Kingston upon Thames, UK31 kontribusi
Magnifique Breathtaking... in every way
Sep 2019
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.
Ditulis pada 13 Oktober 2019
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Pat G
Windsor and Maidenhead, UK151 kontribusi
Day hike - four mile trail plus panorama trail with kids
Agt 2019 • Keluarga
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!!

Ditulis pada 19 September 2019
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Dougrun8
Kansas City, MO121 kontribusi
Great hike!
Sep 2019 • Pasangan
We took the glacier point bus up to glacier point then hiked down this trail. It was an awesome experience. The views were fabulous. It was a good strenuous downhill 4.7 mile hike. If you to hike up from Yosemite valley it is a difficult uphill hike. We will definitely do that next time!
Highly recommend!!!
Ditulis pada 16 September 2019
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Mel S
Livermore, CA38 kontribusi
Beautiful -- NOT 4 miles!
Agt 2019
This is a tough trail -- but beautiful. If you are up for a challenge -- this trail is for you. Take PLENTY of water and snacks and I would highly recommend hiking boots over sneakers. The trail is in good shape (lots of folks have commented that it is a mess -- that was not our experience). We considered hiking poles -- but in the end did not take them. We didn't end up needing them but may have been more useful on the downhill.
Ditulis pada 15 September 2019
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Snarkysiberian
San Diego, CA48 kontribusi
Be smart and go down instead of climbing up
Jul 2019
The trail is gorgeous and gives some of the best views of the Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley in the park. Be smart - take a bus to the top and go back down to the valley. Yes, it costs $25, but it will save you a lot of time and energy that you can spend exploring Glacier Point and adjacent hikes before going down the Four Mile Trail. If you decide to save some money and go up, make sure you are not overestimating your abilities. It is a hard 4.6 mile uphill hike with little shade and no water. I've passed quite a few hikers going up who clearly underestimated the difficulty, and looked like they were about to pass out even though they weren't more than 1 mile from the bottom. Do not make the same mistake, because even if you make it to the top, you will still have to go back down.
Ditulis pada 6 Agustus 2019
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Juha S
Warboys, UK37 kontribusi
Excellent but hard - oh and best views I’ve ever seen on a trail
Jul 2019
You will absolutely want to start early and from the valley. We started the climb 8.30 am and reached the top in almost exactly three hours. All the way up we were in shade and it was nice and cool. On the way back through the early afternoon it was gradually getting hotter and it was well over 35C by the time we were back our car. I would not want climb up in the heat. It was plenty hard enough during the cool morning hours.
Ditulis pada 31 Juli 2019
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waterlillie R
San Clemente, CA2 kontribusi
Very Strenuous Hike - Beware
Jun 2019 • Pasangan
It’s absolutely strenuous! I was seriously injured going downhill for six and a half hours with injuries to my big toes! Swelling, possible stress fractures and an infection ensued! It was like someone dropping a hammer on your toes with every step you took because your toes hit the end of your shoes, which were decent hiking shoes from REI.
It normally takes about three hours to descend to the bottom from the top, but I had to go very slowly due to the pain! I do not recommend it st all! Still healing!
Not only that, but there are difficult obstacles to get by on the trail! It was a nightmare!
Ditulis pada 14 Juli 2019
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