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Four Mile Trail

Summer is for Hiking: 4-Mile Trail from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, September 22, 2012.

The day before my Dad’s birthday and the day of the Autumnal Equinox did the 4-Mile trail from Glacier Point. This is so one could walk down rather than up! The trail meanders downwards with switchbacks so that one is always facing the valley. My only regret is that it was so late in the season and Yosemite Falls had dried up – would like to try again when the falls are in full force. But that regret is only a minor one – the trail is filled with gorgeous vistas.

Arranged car shuttles for trip back up to Glacier Point after reaching the valley floor. Arrived back at Glacier Point just in time to capture the sunset’s light on Half Dome and a little bit later the moon over the pines.

4 Mile Trail, Yosemite National park, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

4 Mile Trail, Yosemite National park, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Trail sign for 4-Mile Trail

Trail sign for 4-Mile Trail

Information and old-time photo of the trail (from the valley)

Information and old-time photo of the trail (from the valley)

View of Valley floor from 4-Mile trail, Sept. 22, 2012 Photo by kathryn Arnold.

View of Valley floor from 4-Mile trail, Sept. 22, 2012 Photo by kathryn Arnold.

View from 4-Mile Trail of the Valley, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold

View from 4-Mile Trail of the Valley, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold

Yosemite Falls would be here, Sept. 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Yosemite Falls would be here, Sept. 22, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Arnold

Halfdome at sunset, Glacier Point. Sept 22, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

Halfdome at sunset, Glacier Point. Sept 22, 2012. photo by kathryn arnold

Moon at Glacier Point, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold

Moon at Glacier Point, Sept 22, 2012. Photo by kathryn Arnold