In 2010, while sitting at Glacier Point my husband and I saw someone coming up from The Four- Mile Trail and commented on how crazy you would have to be to hike to the top of Glacier Point. That was before we realized how much we love hiking! There is an awesome satisfaction to look down from the top, surrounded by gobs of people who drove, and know that you climbed up this impressive 3200 feet from the Valley floor. Of course, we had to take it one step further. Rather than taking the shuttle or hiking back down the trail we opted to get in a good workout and soak up some beautiful views. We took the Panorama Trail (8.5 miles) to the Mist Trail (4 miles) to the John Muir trail near Nevada falls that eventually leads you to Happy Isles. If you initially drove you can take a free shuttle from Happy Isles back to the parking lot at the start of the 4-mile hike or like us you can walk the 3 miles back to the 4 Mile trail head. It's full day adventure and approximately 17 miles which covers most every major landmark in Yosemite. We also spent a few hours hiking halfway up to Upper Yosemite Falls and driving up Tioga Road. Our plans were to conquer the falls, but our plans were altered by a late arrival to the park. I'm sure we'll find our way back to Yosemite!
View of Half Dome from Glacier Point
View of Half Dome from Panorama Point on the Panorama Trail