The Yosemite Mist Trail hike offers beautiful scenery of Yosemite’s astonishing landmarks from start to finish. Walking beside towering waterfalls, viewing the Valley from the Yosemite Panorama Trail and Glacier Point, and an awesome descent and return to the Valley from the historic 4-mile trail offering incredible views of El Capitan. This strenuous day trip offers a TOTAL Yosemite experience for the visitor who is in good shape. The Yosemite Mist to 4 Mile Trail hike is an iconic adventure not to be missed! All tours are private.
Meeting Location: Curry Village Store at 4,035′
High Point: Glacier Point: 7,214′
Elevation Gain & Loss: 3,179′
This hike begins at 7am when we meet in Curry Village. Curry Village offers a wondrous view of the world famous Half-Dome, which will be viewed from a variety of different perspectives throughout this trek. We will head east and begin our actual hike on the John Muir Trail at Happy Isles. From here, it is a strenuous, uphill charge upon a paved trail for the first mile, and an even more strenuous following half mile tracing the Merced River up a misty, granite-laid staircase to the top of the 317′ tall Vernal Fall. Amazing photographic opportunities are all around. The next ¾ of a mile or so takes you up another stone stairway to the top of our next scenic stop, the 594′ waterfall, Nevada Fall. After enjoying a relaxing and breathe-taking pit stop here, the hike continues a half mile along flat terrain until we reach the last serious uphill charge of the day, a mile-long switchback gaining 700 vertical feet to the Panorama Trail junction. The subsequent scenic 2.5 miles is mostly level, with a few ups and downs, traversing the southern rim of Illilouette Gorge, to the top of our third and final waterfall of the day, Illilouette Falls. This is a great destination to stop for lunch.
From this checkpoint, the hike continues on uphill switchbacks for 1.5 miles to the peak of Glacier Point at 7,214′, where incredible views of Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Yosemite’s most famous, 2,425′ waterfall series, Yosemite Falls are offered. Reward yourself with an ice cream in the Gift Shop as you celebrate your 3,179 feet of elevation gain. Glacier Point has a unique historical background detrimental to the establishment and evolution of Yosemite National Park, which will be discussed and pointed out while here.
To end the day we will descend 4.7 miles from Glacier Point to the base of Sentinel Rock, dropping back nearly 3,200 vertical feet back into Yosemite Valley offering incredible views of El Capitan -the largest granite monolith in the world and a mecca for rock climbers. Now, most likely exhausted after a long 14 or so mile day, we will have the option to take a bus back to Curry Village or hike the additional 2-miles to complete our loop.
I booked the hike of Mist Trail, Panorama Trail, Glacier Point, and the 4-Mile Trail with Kimball, and did the hike on July 16. It was fantastic! Kimball was just wonderful, and the hike was incredible! Since I hike fast, we finished the scheduled hike in short order, and Kimball kept going with me, even after he didn’t have to. The trails and views were truly extraordinary, and the experience was once in a lifetime! – Misha E.
It was our first hike in Yosemite, so we decided to book a 10-hour day tour with Lasting Adventures, especially because of all the good reviews that we read here on TripAdvisor. Since April is still a little early for Half Dome hikes, we were advised by the friendly Lasting Adventures team (thank you Scott) to do the Mist and Panorama Trail up to Glacier Point and to hike back down to Curry Village via 4-Mile Trail. Luckily we decided to do a guided tour, because it was 100% worth it! We would definitely do it again and can recommend a Lasting Adventures Tour without hesitation. – Sven W.
Well the hike turned out great! Scott was very knowledgeable about the park and quite a good story teller. He had lots of information about the geological formations that we wouldn’t have gotten if we hiked alone and we spent a good amount of time swapping hiking stories. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lasting Adventures if you’re looking for a good, high quality hiking experience! – Chris L.