Yosemite Valley Traverse
ElevationAscent: 3,990' 1,216 m
Descent: -3,931' -1,198 m
High: 7,255' 2,211 m
Low: 3,988' 1,215 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
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“An amazing Yosemite Valley hike to Glacier Point that starts at the Four Mile Trail trailhead and ends at Happy Isle.”— Jason Chan
Enjoying the Yosemite Valley Traverse can be broken down into three distinct segments. The journey starts at the Four Mile Trail trailhead.
From the trailhead, you make up the Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point. This portion is the most strenuous part of the trip, and you gain most of the hike's total elevation here. There are many switchbacks, and the trail can still be extremely steep in sections.
From Glacier Point, follow the Panorama Trail along the rim of Yosemite Valley towards Nevada Falls. You'll have hit the highest points of the hike by this time, and will be enjoying a mostly mild descent. The grades level out, and the views unfold, so be sure to keep your head up to enjoy them!
Right before you reach Nevada Falls, take the John Muir Trail down to Happy Isles. This will be the longest descent, as your knees will let you know by the end. The going is long, and there are some steeper sections, so use caution as you make your way down!
The trail is mainly dirt with a couple of paved sections near Happy Isles and Glacier Point. Most of the trails feature switchbacks so the going is not that steep. While trail is fairly well maintained, there are still some spots where obstacles like water bars, rocks, and downed trees can be encountered.
When hiking in the winter, trails might close due to snow. When hiking during early summer months, don't forget to bring bug spray for the mosquitos.
Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite