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Panorama Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.8 (29)

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


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5.6

Miles

9.0

KM

79%

Runnable

7,260' 2,213 m

High

5,914' 1,802 m

Low

772' 235 m

Up

1,961' 598 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

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!

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 28 votes

#64

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  4.8 from 28 votes
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Photos

Looking out over the Yosemite Valley from the Glacier Point Trail
Apr 30, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
I was standing where they stood....U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and nature preservationist John Muir.
Jan 17, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
The ice-cut, running under Panorama Cliffs, is part of the Muir Trail that closes in the winter due to ice and other hazardous winter conditions.  This was after a snow fall in early November that blanketed the valley.
Mar 8, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
View from Panorama Trail near Glacier Point.
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Half Dome, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls from Glacier Point
Apr 2, 2020 near Yosemit…, CA
Half Dome!
May 7, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA

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