"Halfway along Panorama Trail" by levork is marked with CC BY-SA 2.0.

Day Hike To Glacier Point

Hiking from the Valley Floor to Glacier Point is a strenuous task. But for those willing to take the journey, the views you will see are breathtaking.

Trails to Glacier Point From Yosemite Valley

  • Four Mile Trail – generally considered the easiest of these strenuous hikes. This trail has it all in terms of great switchbacks with stunning views.
  • Panorama Trail – ready to do the work for the best scenic overlooks in Yosemite. This 10-mile hike is best done from the top down, this hike from the Valley will test the best, with massive vertical gains but incredible views.
  • Pohono Trail / Artist Point Trail – the Longest trek of them all 13 miles.  Want to get this done in one day? You better start early. The trail begins at Tunnel view and crosses Bridal Creek to Taft point and then to Glacier.

Day Hiking From Glacier Point

Once you find a place to park or exit the bus at Glacier Point, the hiking options will all leave you with outstanding views and experiences.

The Top Day Hike Trails from Glacier Point

  • Four Mile Trail: 4.8 miles (7.7 km) one-way; 3 to 4 hours
    Panorama Trail: 8.5 miles (13.6 km) one-way; 6 to 8 hours
  • Sentinel Dome and Taft Point– 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round-trip; 2 hours (to Sentinel Dome or Taft Point)
  • McGurk Meadow trailhead– Bridalveil Creek: 4 mi/6.4 km round-trip; 2-3 hours
    Dewey Point: 8.2 mi/12.1 km round-trip; 3-4 hours
  • Ostrander Lake – 11.4-mile round trip. This hike will provide great views, burn scars, and a beautiful lake destination for a summer swim. 1500 feet of elevation change.


Publisher of Sierra Rec Magazine. An avid hiker and explorer of mountain lifestyle and adventure. I love to discover new trails, hike along rivers and hang a hammock along the shores of a mountain lake. I often great people on the trail and have found some of my favorite places from the advice of people I meet in the Wilderness. I love the sierra and just like sharing what I know.

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