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Yosemite! Panorama Trail: 8.5-Mile Difficult Hike

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MEETING TIME: You will need to park your car by 12 PM in the Visitor Parking to make it for the 1:30pm shuttle. You will need 20 minutes to walk, and 40 minutes to get through the line to pickup you shuttle ticket.

MEETING PLACE: Set your GPS to 9001 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA, then park across Northside Drive in the Visitor Parking by 12 PM. From here, walk about 20 minutes to Yosemite Lodge At The Falls, 9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA to catch the shuttle to the Glacier Point Trail head. You cannot park at the Lodge unless you are a guest. We will catch the 1:30 pm shuttle. PLEASE REMEMBER, IF YOU MISS THIS SHUTTLE YOU WILL MISS THE HIKE.

Please use GOOGLE MAPS with the addresses above to familiarize your self with the trip.

HIKE END POINT: We will end the hike after crossing the Happy Isles Bridge and catch the shuttle back, if it is convenient to do so. Otherwise we will walk 1.9 miles back to the visitors parking lot. Shuttles run every 10 to 20 minutes. Shuttles stop at 10pm.

There is no better hike in Yosemite National Park which offers the amazing views of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Illilouette Fall, Yosemite Fall, and the entire Valley than the Panorama Trail.

This 8.5-mile hike will take you on an adventure from Glacier Point, high above the valley, down to the Mist Trail where you will hike next to both Nevada and Vernal Falls. The hike ends near Curry Village where you can grab a bite to eat or take the free shuttle to anywhere in the park.

While this hike loses 2,800 ft in elevation, it is not an easy hike; some would even rate it as strenuous. After the initial climb down to Illilouette Fall you will hike back up 800 ft of steep switchbacks before hiking down the same distance immediately after. The Mist Trail can be especially tough on the knees, especially the section from the top of Nevada Fall to Vernal Fall, which is almost exclusively made up of small stone steps.

But don’t let that discourage you, the views of the Falls, the Valley, and the surrounding area more than make up for the aches and pains you may keep with you the next few days.

Trailhead: As we walk off the shuttle to Glacier Point the trail head will be on your right side as you approach the first viewpoint. You can stock up on snacks for the hike at the gift shop/store on the other side of the paved path before you begin.


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