Panorama Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 4.4 miles long and begins at 7,211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,118 feet. Near the trailhead there are an amphi theatre, telephones, a viewpoint, drinking waters, and restrooms. The Illilouette Fall attraction and the Panorama Cliff can be seen along the trail.
Panorama Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Panorama Trail is one of the greatest adventures in Northern California. With epic views nearly every step of the way, it highlights many of the grandest features in Yosemite, passing three staggering waterfalls and boasting constantly changing views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.There is perhaps no other trail that can claim as many awe-inspiring views as Yosemite’s Panorama Trail. The hike begins with top-of- the world vistas at Glacier Point, quite possibly the Sierra’s finest single overlook, and makes a long, circuitous descent to Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. Though the perspective on iconic Half Dome changes over the course of the journey, the great dome is a constant companion throughout the hike."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"The Panorama Trail’s name provides the necessary description: this is Yosemite Valley’s most view-rich walk. The trail descends from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley via Illilouette, Nevada, and Vernal falls, providing nearly continuous vistas into and across the Merced River Canyon and the east end of Yosemite Valley. It is especially rewarding, for as it traverses eastward, it provides ever-changing views of the surrounding walls, waterfalls, and canyon."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"The name of the trail says it all. It follows the southeastern portion of the valley rim above Happy Isles, crossing Illilouette Creek at the top of Illilouette Fall to the (usually) sunny flat where Nevada Fall launches itself over the cliff into Yosemite Valley. The Giant Staircase is in sight much of the way, as well as occasional glimpses of Yosemite Falls back to the west. You get five famous waterfalls in one hike."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"This is the most scenic of all trails descending to the floor of Yosemite Valley, passing three waterfalls and offering spectacular views along the way. Either take a bus up to Glacier Point or have someone drop you there and meet you down at Half Dome Village (Curry Village).
I have also combined this walk with the Four Mile Trail many times, ascending the Four Mile Trail in the cool morning hours and then descending via the Panorama Trail."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk , Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press).
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