Panorama Trail

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The Panorama Trail provides a close-up view of Illilouette Fall and panoramic views of eastern Yosemite Valley before joining the Mist or John Muir Trails down past Vernal and Nevada Falls.

8.3 miles (13.4 km) one way. 6–8 hours; 4,000 ft (1,200 m) total elevation change

Begin at Glacier Point parking area This longer route to Yosemite Valley brings hikers 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 Fall enroute to Yosemite Valley over 2.9 miles (4.7 km). Consider combining this trail with the Four Mile Trail for a long, strenuous loop!

Camping is not allowed on the Panorama Trail or near Illilouette Fall. You may hike along the trail and camp at another destination beyond.

  • To camp at Little Yosemite Valley: Glacier Point to Little Yosemite Valley
  • To camp in the Illilouette basin or beyond: Glacier Point to Illilouette or Happy Isles to Illilouette


  • Trail Measurement: 8.5 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 374254N
  • Compass Longitude: 1193336W
  • Numeric Latitude: 37.7149269
  • Numeric Longitude: -119.5598838
  • Elevation in Meters: 1820
  • Elevation in Feet: 5971

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