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“mostly downhill”(12 reviews)
“happy isles”(21 reviews)
Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

It is truly a beautiful hike. We took the bus up to Glacier Point and then hiked down to the Valley. October is a good time for the hike in that it is not hot or crowded but the downside at that time of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Indy
Reviewed 13 November 2018

This is the One Hike that Must be Done in Yosemite. Breathtaking views at various points. If you take the shuttle bus to Glacier point it is mostly downhill. Don't miss Panorama point. It is not labeled.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JCB1689
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Hiking in Yosemite, is simply spectacular. the route, any of them, the view, the colors of autumn, the fresh air, the movement and the whisper of the trees leaves by the breeze, is a poetry that speaks of the wonders of God. Although it can...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rosanna B
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Take the bus to Glacier Point, enjoy the view, and then hike Panorama trail back to the Valley. Not a difficult hike of 8-9 miles--- nearly all downhill. The views of the valley including half dome, liberty cap, clouds rest, Nevada falls, vernal falls are...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bret H
Reviewed 13 October 2018

This was a very nice hike. We started at glacier point, hiked down to the valley floor then up gradually up to Nevada falls. It was very pretty nd not too busy.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank gmgOc
Reviewed 6 October 2018

The Panorama Trail is an 8.5 mile/13.5 km trail (one way) in Yosemite National Park that stretches between Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley. Whether you go up from Yosemite Valley or come down from Glacier Point, the hike is rated “strenuous” as there is a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank BruinDan
Reviewed 26 September 2018

I'm from Indiana, so mountain hiking is not something I was able to practice before my visit. But the Panorama Trail was relatively easy for me to hike. It still had spots where I slowed down and picked my footholds carefully. But overall, it was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Tyson M
Reviewed 9 August 2018

This was one of the schedule hikes we were looking forward to on our visit to Yosemite National Park, and had therefore pre-booked a seat on the shuttle bus that takes you from the valley floor to Glacier Point. If you’re planning on doing this...More

Date of experience: June 2018
6  Thank Phil A
Reviewed 25 June 2018

Great hike but it was hot. We took the bus up to glacier point to start our hike. Unfortunately, I could only get the 10am bus which meant we started our hike about noon and it was 90F that day......which......was hot.....there is about 1.5 to...More

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank kerissa22
Reviewed 25 June 2018

So much to see. We booked a bus tour that took us to the top a we hiked all the way down. Approximately 8-8.5 miles. You can book the same bus as a tour and simply sit and what with a few stops along the...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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16 January 2019|
Response from BruinDan | Reviewed this property |
The descent from Glacier Point to Illilouette Creek (about 3.2 km) is relatively gradual via a series of long switchbacks. Following a pretty steep ascent to Panorama Cliff, you then once more gradually descend on a series... More
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1 May 2018|
Response from PacificNWFamily | Reviewed this property |
Hi I highly recommend asking on the active TripAdvisor forum. This Q&A feature is seldom read. My kids were backpacking and going on long day hikes by those ages, though they have not completed this particular hike. It is... More
11 October 2017|
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Response from Crystal M | Reviewed this property |
No the trail is easy to navigate with signs at intersections