a guide to backpacking the Sierra Nevada. Glacier Point is a popular alternate starting point for the John Muir Trail and for folks doing short overnight trips to Half Dome, so plan ahead as much as possible. The trail passes near Yosemite Falls and through oak and pine forests. The trail … After camping on the southern rim, backpackers hike to Glacier Point where there are panoramic views of Yosemite National Park. We’ll then climb 2,736 feet to the summit of Half Dome. ''We made it into a 5 day trip with the first night in Illilouette, then we base-camped at LYV (nights 2-4) and day hiked up Half Dome one day''. Begin at Glacier Point parking area This longer route to Yosemite Valley brings hikers past Illilouette, Nevada, and Vernal Falls. Then, the trail passes under Liberty Cap and through Little Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley (/ j oʊ ˈ s ɛ m ɪ t i / yoh-SEM-it-ee) is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California.The valley is about 7.5 miles (12 km) long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines.The valley … You need to make sure you go far enough in. This strenuous hike out of Yosemite Valley passes near waterfalls and through forests and glades. Glacier Point to Illilouette Creek is a great beginner’s backpacking trip. Thanks! The Four Mile Trail switchbacks down to Yosemite Valley, providing wonderful views of the Valley. Along the way, there are views of Yosemite Valley and Half Dome from the top of Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Point, and North Dome. On Sunday we’ll … The Panorama Trail trailhead at Glacier Point is located near the Glacier Point Amphitheater at a clearly-marked junction. Glacier Point to Illilouette is a nice easy trip. and see the official Illilouette falls (which I imagine are more impressive in the spring, but appeared to be running better than Yosemite … From the summit, there are views of Yosemite Valley and the high country. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words...thanks! Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5 km) one way Elevation Range: from 4,000 feet (1,220 meters) on the valley floor to 7,200 feet (2,200 meters) at Glacier Point Total Elevation Change: 3,200 feet (975 meters) This paragraph was found at the link below, … Your best bet is to call the Wilderness Permit office at (209) 372-0740. I'd recommend a GPS. After descending 1,300 ft (400 m) to Illilouette Fall during the first 2.0 miles … Or you can use a different trailhead like Glacier Point to Illilouette (not to Little Yosemite Valley… It's not a blackened, charred desert, but full of shrubs, greenery, and flowers. (Public transportation is not availble between trailheads.). Little Yosemite Valley, and Half Dome} ATM ... (400 m) to Illilouette Fall during the first 2 miles (3.2 km), the trail climbs 800 ft (240 m) to the Panorama Cliff ridge line and ... Yosemite Valley: Glacier Point Road Hikes: 120 140 41 120 souTH EnTranCE arCH roCK EnTranCE BIG oaK FLaT EnTranCE TIoGa Pass EnTranCE yosEMITE VaLLEy The Panorama Trail provides a close-up view of Illilouette Fall and panoramic views of eastern Yosemite Valley … in On Adventures. If you have a permit for Happy Isles to Merced Lake or Glacier Point to Illilouette, you can not camp in the Little Yosemite Valley area on the first night of your hike. From the South entrance to Yosemite, swing left on highway 41 and head 17 miles (28 km) to Glacier Point Road. Hikers can stand atop El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Point, and North Dome. From Glacier Point, 3,200 feet above Yosemite Valley, a stupendous vista stretches out for many miles north and east, over the forests and meadows around the Merced river, the enclosing cliffs and lofty … The hike then continues down the John Muir Trail to Yosemite Valley, passing Nevada and Vernal Falls. The long-distance John Muir Trail travels through the high country of the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks, as well as Inyo National Forest. The junction with the Glacier Point Road is roughly 17 miles … ... (remember from day one?!) The shortest and steepest route up is the Mist Trail, while the John Muir Trail takes a longer and lower angle path. When open, you can drive to Glacier Point by traveling on the Wawona Road (the continuation of Highway 41 within the park)either north from Wawona or south from Yosemite Valley. On day two should we take the trail on the west side of panorama Point (that goes by the falls) or the trail on the east side (which looks more direct)? Distance: 12.6 miles (20.2 km) round trip. The hike to it takes you from Glacier Point down 2 miles … Here are a few shots of this area, to give you an idea of what it looked like three years ago: Check out our website and blog at: https://www.backpackthesierra.com/home. Discuss Yosemite National Park, California, by Dave Miller » Wed Apr 06, 2011 11:51 am, by Dave Miller » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:08 pm, by AlmostThere » Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:09 pm, by AlmostThere » Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:53 pm, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest, Hiking, backpacking, running, biking, climbing, rafting, and other human-powered activities in Yosemite National Park. I was wondering if that first available campsite at around 4 miles out is in or before the burned area. The Little Yosemite Valley campground is the most popular backpacker campground because many people stay there over night on their way to Half Dome (permit needed to climb Half Dome). It wasn't quite 4 miles, but I felt good about the location and there was an existing fire ring, etc. The hike to the summit of Half Dome is one of the most popular in Yosemite. For backpackers who want to hike the Pohono Trail and hike back to Yosemite Valley, this is an option. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until September. From Yosemite Valley, take highway 41 nine miles … I did that trip last year. http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/56287, http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/56288, http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/56289, http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/56298, http://www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip/56292, http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q45/ ... CN0890.jpg, http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q45/ ... CN0876.jpg, http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q45/ ... CN0881.jpg. We have a wilderness permit for Glacier Point to Illilouette and also have a permit for Half Dome. Starting at Old Big Oak Flat Road (from along new Big Oak Flat Road), this strenuous hike follows the entire North Rim of Yosemite Valley. To get to Glacier Point: The road to Glacier Point (called Glacier Point Road) is located ten miles south of Yosemite Valley off Highway 41. 4 days 3 nights Glacier Point, Ililouette Creek, Little Yosemite valley, Back to Glacier Point. So are you saying we could not hike a bit further on Panorama Trail (in direction of Nevada Fall) and camp because it would not be the official direction on our permit from Glacier Point trailhead… A number of trails from Tuolumne Meadows also provide indirect access to Little Yosemite Valley … From Glacier Point: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley; If you have a permit for one of these two trailheads, you must spend your first night at Little Yosemite Valley Campground (no additional reservation or permit required). I had planned to have an easy day (partly to help acclimatise) and have a 4 mile walk down to Illilouette creek. Route 41 that connects Yosemite Valley with the South Entrance). However, the ranger had pretty much insisted that I head straight to Little Yosemite Valley. As of this writing, the entry fee to … Little Yosemite Valley—through hike, or from Happy Isles, including Vernal Falls, the Mist Trail, Nevada Falls, and Half Dome: This is the big one--the first real backpacking trip that many people take in Yosemite… Where: Yosemite … The next days hike to LYV is much more challenging. The hike then continues down the John Muir Trail to Yosemite Valley, passing Nevada and Vernal Falls. You can get a different perspective of Half Dome if you jump on any of the trails heading out of Glacier Point. The trail follows the south wall of Yosemite Valley east to Illilouette Falls. For the Illilouette basin, you will need to travel at least 4 miles from the trailhead. Highlights: Waterfalls, Valley Views, High Country. Day 1 of 4 with California Backpacking ClubVia: Panorama Trail / John Muir TrailFeaturing: Illilouette Falls/ Nevada Falls Starting a mile down the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point, the Buena Vista Trail is one of the main long distance paths in the south of Yosemite National Park, climbing steadily along the sparsely-forested valleys of Illilouette … I got up early and packed up my things as quickly as I could, as I needed to get to Yosemite Lodge in time to catch my shuttle bus to Glacier Point. The final leg to reach the summit involves ascending steep stairs and granite slabs up subdome and then climbing up the steel cables that lead to the summit. You can also hike from Yosemite Valley up to Glacier Point, but It's an extreme challenge trek that few choose to tackle. To drive to Glacier Point, take the long and winding Wawona Road (a.k.a. The trail crosses over streams and waterfalls and passes through vast forests. From Glacier Point, you get great views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, literally right from the parking lot. Views include Glacier Point, Illilouette Falls, Yosemite Falls. Along the way, the trail passes Vernal and Nevada Falls, then below the south face of Half Dome, through Sunrise Meadow, and beside Cathedral Peak before descending to Tuolumne Meadows. Glacier Point to Half Dome is a 20.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Your permit lists a trailhead and first night area and then an ending date. Getting There: The trailhead is at the terminus of Glacier Point Road - a 16-mile (25 km) drive from the Glacier Point turnoff. If you can't get the permit for the date you want, you can try for a non-reservation permit a day before the hike begins. Also, my understanding is that there is no camping at Illilouette Falls or any way along the Panarama Trail. The ranger will ask you for this info. Hikers can also detour to Indian Rock, a natural rock arch. You will not be staying on the Panorama Trail into Illilouette Basin. The Pohono Trail traverses the southern rim of Yosemite Valley, beginning at Tunnel View and ending at Glacier Point. Re: Glacier Point to Illilouette good for LYV. The plan had been changed the day before after getting my Wilderness Permit. The lower elevation also … It used to be forested, mostly, and now it's mostly brush. A few wilderness permits are available for those wishing to hike Half Dome and want to stay the night in Little Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point to Illilouette good for LYV? In addition, the park's trail Table indicates the Illilouette Fall is 3,6 miles from Glacier Point. To do it, take Four Mile Trail, which gains more than 3,000 … After ascending the Yosemite Falls Trail, hikers continue on to Eagle Peak in the direction of El Capitan. This hike follows the John Muir Trail from its beginning at Happy Isles to Tuolumne Meadows. Start-Finish: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley Daily Miles: 8 Total mileage tally: 8 Total JMT miles: 4.5 Camp Elevation: 6,130 ft Hiking Elevation: 1089 ft gain, 2172 ft loss. The hike returns to Yosemite Valley via the Snow Creek Trail and Mirror Lake. Does anyone know the approximate limits of the burned area along Illilouette Creek? Glacier Point Road had only been open one day and those Yosemite waterfalls were really roaring. Eagle Peak offers expansive view of Yosemite Valley and the high country. Day 1: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley (to mile marker 4.5 on JMT) After planning and thinking about this trip for so long, it was finally time to start! Beginning with the sweeping vista of Glacier Point, venture along the south rim of Yosemite Valley and enjoy the evolving views from points like Taft, Dewey, and Stanford as you gradually descend to the end of the trail at the iconic Tunnel View. Hikers can also access Eagle Peak, El Capitan, Yosemite Point, and North Dome. On this 3-day trip, we’ll hike a total of 20.5 miles, first descending 1,550 feet from Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley. Glacier Point gives you a classic view of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. Varying elevation changes (both up and down) and double the mileage. Along the way, hikers can detour to the summit of Eagle Peak. The burned area is mostly from the Glacier Point Road trailhead to the bottom of Illilouette Creek. Illilouette Falls … If you want a longer day, you could hike up the Four Mile Trail, and then down the Mist Trail for one of the best spring tours in Yosemite. The trail starts at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley and ends at the summit of Mount Whitney. The trail passes through vast regions of alpine wilderness and lies almost entirely above 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in elevation. This trail begins in Yosemite Valley at Mirror Lake, near the base of Half Dome. You will need to tell them when you want to do HD as they will put this on your permit as well. I've never been along this route but it looks like a pretty section of the creek and a good trip for beginners. We headed to Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail to see 4 of Yosemite National Park’s major waterfalls doing their thing. The road to Glacier Point is also seventeen miles from the south … The Yosemite Falls Trail starts behind Camp 4 and ascends to the top of Upper Yosemite Fall. Hiking to Glacier Point . As long as you spend your first night in the location designated on your permit, you can continue on to other locations without issue. Hey! To get to Glacier Point, travel south from Yosemite Valley … There is a trail junction about a mile and a half in where you follow Illilouette creek and head away from the falls. The trail to Little Yosemite Valley starts at Happy Isles. It travels near steep granite cliffs and past both Vernal and Nevada Falls. (It is only about 2 miles to the falls.) I caught the bus up to Glacier Point to start my adventures. This steep trail alternates through dense forest and prominent vista points where you can see El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Half Dome, and the high country. This exposed, sunny trail is the steepest way out of Yosemite Valley and gain access to the North Rim with impressive views of Half Dome. It offers views of Yosemite Valley and provides access to the northern rim of the Valley. Then hikers descend the Four Mile Trail to Yosemite Valley to finish the trip. Begin the adventure at Glacier Point (Yosemite’s number one attraction) with panoramic views of the Sierra Nevada high country. You will see a number of great looking sites as you travel up stream, but you have to keep going until you get near the Buena Vista Trail. Here’s a … Quickly lose the crowds by descending into the Illilouette Valley and … Pohono Trail … Unfortunately, nothing was available for lower Yosemite valley (closer to half dome). Starting at Glacier Point, hikers can either descend into the Illilouette Creek Basin to camp or go to the Little Yosemite Valley backpackers campground. Illilouette Falls is a 380 foot waterfall that is lesser known when compared to many of the other famous Yosemite waterfalls but still a very impressive. - Hike from Glacier Point to illilouette … What I did was camp just past the first main creek. Details: The easiest way to do this by far is to take the shuttle to Glacier Point, and then just hike eight or nine miles down the Mist Trail past Nevada and Vernal Falls to the Valley. We're doing this next year. Trailhead: Old Big Oak Flat Road or Snow Creek. This hike follows the John Muir Trail past Vernal and Nevada Falls. You should get a Topo map and be familiar with the trails and terrain. DISTANCE: 8.5 miles from Glacier Point to Happy Isles WATER: Illilouette Creek and Merced River ELEVATION: 7,230 at Glacier Point – 4,000ft at Happy Isles – ~3,200ft change ACCESS: paved roads DIRECTIONS: If you begin this hike at Glacier Point, it will be downhill all the way! In fact, you won't even see Illilouette fall until Day 2. Not all that difficult if you plan for it to take all day. On the north rim of Yosemite Valley is one of the landmarks of Yosemite: El Capitan. You'll put your entry trailhead, first night, and exit trailhead on the permit. 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