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Panorama Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 772' 235 m
Descent: -1,961' -598 m
High: 7,260' 2,213 m
Low: 5,914' 1,802 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Enjoy close-up views of Illilouette Falls and panoramic vistas of eastern Yosemite Valley.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

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!

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Aug 3, 2019
Sophia Barwegen
Jul 31, 2019
Sophia Barwegen
Jul 13, 2019
David Hitchcock
Dropped off at Glacier Point, Illilouette Falls was roaring and there was a lot of water in the river, trail had some water in it in the last mile. 5.6mi
Jun 25, 2019
Macarena Díaz Ubilla
Sep 23, 2018
Onur Aksu
Sep 18, 2018
Matthew Holmes
Jul 16, 2018
Dávid Papp
Jul 8, 2018
Andrea San Sil
8mi

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 23 votes

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#9

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#91

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Photos

I was standing where they stood....U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and nature preservationist John Muir.
Jan 17, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Looking out over the Yosemite Valley from the Glacier Point Trail
Apr 30, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Half Dome!
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
View from Panorama Trail near Glacier Point.
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
The ice-cut, running under Panorama Cliffs, is part of the Muir Trail that closes in the winter due to ice and other hazardous winter conditions.  This was after a snow fall in early November that blanketed the valley.
Mar 8, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Yosemite Valley from Panoramatic trail
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA

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