Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park Hiking

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Four Mile Trail

Four Mile Trail is one of the most scenic trails in Yosemite, with views of El Capitan, Sentinel Rock, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Read More

  • Difficult hike 
  • Amazing scenery 
  • One-way hiking option


This trail began as a four-mile trek, but was later extended to its current length. It’s loaded with scenery and variety, culminating in panoramic views of well-known landmarks and different aspects of Yosemite Falls. You can take the Glacier Point tour bus and hike one way. Don't forget your camera.


You can take the El Capitan shuttle in the summer to the trailhead or Shuttle Stop #7.


  • Distance: 9.6 miles
  • Approximate time of hike: 6-8 hours
  • Elevation gain: 3200 feet
  • Difficulty: strenuous, switchbacks, closed December through May
  • Trailhead: Four Mile Trailhead, below Sentinel.

Plan & Prepare

Hazardous conditions close the trail in winter. This is a popular trail, since it links Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point, so expect crowds. In September, the falls are usually dry. If you take the tour bus, purchase tickets ahead of time. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes.