YOSEMITE'S SPECTACULAR APPEARANCE comes from its glacially carved rock that shapes the valley and mountain range. And while some brave souls challenge the granite walls with rope and pitons, I prefer hiking the narrow trails a more practical and fulfilling experience -- with rewarding views at my feet while climbing the awesome rock formations. Massive exposed domes and majestic vistas are close at hand as you ascend up the narrow Four Mile trail carved in the sheer stone walls. All who choose to walk this path will agree it's well worth the effort.
The trail takes you from the valley floor to Glacier Point some 3200 feet above. As you ascend you'll gain a sense of personal fulfillment, enjoying the alpine air, while discovering many breathtaking vistas along the way. One can only imagine the tremendous array of forces it took to carve the granite stone and create this landscape of beautiful forest, course rock, gentle meadows, and vertical walls. Of course, you can drive your car to Glacier Point for its view, but making a personal effort to climb these walls makes the reward much sweeter!