Winter Hike Four Mile Trail

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Distance

5.6 miles

Elevation Gain

1900 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Bianca Isidro

Winter Hiking Four Mile Trail will provide you with stunning snowcapped views of Half Dome, the gushing of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and several other points of interest within Yosemite Valley. The Four Mile Trail is reduced to 2.8 miles in the winter.

In the summer, the Four Mile Trail peaks at Glacier Point; but, in the winter, a portion of the trail is closed due to dangerous rockfall conditions. However, hiking in the winter will provide you with beautiful scenic views of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and most of Yosemite Valley. Most of the granite domes are still snow covered and more picturesque than the summertime.

To get to the trail, park at the Four Mile Trailhead located off Southside Drive. There are pull offs on both sides of the road, but they can fill up quickly especially if it's a weekend. Try to arrive as early as possible, so that you can get a spot and hike the trail while it's still empty.

Follow signs for the Four Mile Trail as it ascends up the mountain very steeply. Be sure to bring ample water and wear several layers because it can be cold when you start the hike in the Valley. Since you are hiking in the wintertime, be prepared to encounter snow and ice towards the top. Snowshoes aren't necessary, but a good pair of hiking boots and poles will provide you with a sense of security. Microspikes might come in handy as well; however, in mid-April, they weren't necessary!

There is a gate at the end of the trail indicating it's closure. Once you've had your share of breathtaking views, descend back into the Valley via the way you came in.

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