4-Mile Trail is one of the oldest trails in Yosemite and goes from the valley floor to Glacier Point.
Of course you can drive to Glacier Point in an hour but if you want to really earn that ice cream at the top why not walk there? Just beyond Sentinel Beach on the valley loop road you can find the start of the 4-Mile Trail heading up.
Actually there’s a good reason to not hike the 4-Mile Trail if you’re not in good physical shape. The trail is 4.6 miles of steep, rocky, strenuous slogging each way.
But the views are magnificent every step of the way. If going up seems to hard then get a friend to drop you off at the top and then wait for you at the bottom.
On the other hand if a 9.2 mile round trip on 4-Mile Trail seems too tame then you can walk up and add on the 4.4 mile Panorama trip down to Nevada Falls and then add 2.5 miles on the Mist Trail down to the valley.[sam id=1 codes=’false’]
Difficulty of 4-Mile Trail is strenuous. Distance is 9.2 miles round trip and the typical time is 5-7 hours with an elevation change of 3,200 feet.