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blueBlack Panorama Trail

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5.6 mile 9.0 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 772' 235 m
Descent: -1,961' -598 m
High: 7,260' 2,213 m
Low: 5,914' 1,802 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Enjoy close-up views of Illilouette Falls and panoramic vistas of eastern Yosemite Valley.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Mellow grades make this great for running, however, this trail is generally quite crowded. Please be courteous when passing other trail users.

Description

This longer route to Yosemite Valley brings runners past Illilouette, Nevada, and Vernal Falls. After descending 1,300 ft (400 m) to Illilouette Fall during the first 2.0 miles (3.2 km), the trail climbs nearly 800 ft (240 m) to gain the Panorama Cliff ridgeline. Next, a 600 ft (175 m) descent leads you to the intersection with the John Muir Trail above the top of Nevada Fall. You now have two choices to reach Yosemite Valley: a left turn follows the John Muir Trail downhill for the remaining 3.3 miles (5.3 km), while a right turn crosses the brink of Nevada Fall before passing Vernal Falls en route to Yosemite Valley over 2.9 miles (4.7 km). Consider combining this trail with the Four Mile Trail for a long, strenuous loop!

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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