“Enjoy close-up views of Illilouette Falls and panoramic vistas of eastern Yosemite Valley.”
— Tom Robson
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This longer route to Yosemite Valley brings hikers past Illilouette, Nevada, and Vernal Falls
. After descending 1,300 ft (400 m) to Illilouette Fall during the first 2.0 miles (3.2 km), the trail climbs nearly 800 ft (240 m) to gain the Panorama Cliff ridgeline. Next, a 600 ft (175 m) descent leads you to the intersection with the John Muir Trail above the top of Nevada Fall. You now have two choices to reach Yosemite Valley: a left turn follows the John Muir Trail downhill for the remaining 3.3 miles (5.3 km), while a right turn crosses the brink of Nevada Fall before passing Vernal Falls
en route to Yosemite Valley over 2.9 miles (4.7 km). Consider combining this trail with the Four Mile Trail
for a long, strenuous loop!