|The Panorama Trail
This is a reasonably easy trail about 8 miles
in length. You can start from Happy Isle, and hike to Glacier Point,
but unless you specifically want to walk uphill 80% of the time, some of
which is very steep, then I would start from Glacier Point. As you
approach the last 3 miles of the trail, you'll reach a junction with the
John Muir Trail. Unless you are running late, I would turn right and
go down via Nevada Fall. The John Muir Trail between Happy Isle and
the junction of the Panorama Trail is very, very steep and 3 miles long.
Going down will pound your knees and feet into powder.
It's very important to start as early in
the day as you can, due to the propensity of stopping and drinking in the
view. You will probably have an extended lunch break, and generally
slog along stopping and taking pictures, etc.
The other great thing about this trail is
that it is surprisingly void of crowds. I was on it Memorial Day 2005
and the people on this trail were noticeably absent.