Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

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Address: Glacier Point Rd, Mariposa, CA 95389, United States, Yosemite National Park

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About Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

Go to a high point, take in the sights, come back, post the selfies on Facebook and then forget all about it – at least that’s how your typical high view-point trip goes. But you won’t do that to Glacier Point. This place is going to reach into your internet-saturated sould and pull you right back into Mother Nature’s arms. It could be the shimmering waterfalls or the ridiculously pink and pretty sunsets or everything! Whether you get there by tour bus (Summer), ski over the Badger Pass Ski Area (Winter) or the Four Mile Trail (June – November) – once you’re at the top you’ll realise that it was worth just about anything to get there. The magnificent vista will treat you to the sight of nearly the entire Yosemite Valley, the Half Dome, the Vernal Fall, the Nevada Fall and Clouds’ Rest. For the best experience, come during sunrise or sunset. The trip upto the point will take you at least 2 hours and may take upto four, so be sure to stock up on food and drink. You’ll usually find plenty of other tourists there.

Glacier Point Information

  • It gets chilly up there; at the very least carry a light jacket.
  • Getting to Glacier point can be treacherous in Winter.

Glacier Point Opening and Closing Hours

  • Other recommended time to visit would be between 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • Glacier Point Road closed November through May.
  • Four Mile Trail closed December through May.

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Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park Reviews

  • We spent a day in the Valley and then drove up to Glacier Point early the following morning. Try to get there off peak otherwise it gets very busy and it's a surprisingly long drive from the main road. We were there at the end of May and there were still field laying under snow at the very top. The view over the valley was amazing and it really put into perspective where we'd trekked the day before.

  • Great views during the hike and amazing views at Glacier Point. The hike can be pretty steep, quite a bit of elevation, but the trails are just fine even during winter. I saw people from all ages going up, from young kids to seniors. It's not the easiest hike, but with breaks along the route, it should be accessible to most. There's only about 20 meters during the hike where the path is a bit narrow, but still wide enough for two people.

  • Beautiful valley view point. Parking lots are there. You can take beautiful photos. This is one of the main attraction point of Yosemite valley.

  • Beautiful view point all over the valley. It’s a little crowded but not too bad. Some information on the view and what is visible is available. The downside is the lack of toilet, there are only very view of them open and the camping type. Others were closed as they were ‘full’. Would have been nice to have at least clean toilets after the long drive. Another issue is the drive up there, the roads are very narrow and completely unsecured, where the edge of the road leads hundreds of meters down vertically. Cars will drive very close behind you making you drive faster. Wonder how many accidents there are yearly.

  • Glacier point is simply amazing. The only ways up here from the valley are to drive, bus or walk. The bus books out weeks in advance so book online long before you come here. It's popular to bus up and walk down (about 4 miles, the hike is fairly straight forward but you need some hiking ability - take food and water). The conditions here are much cooler and drier than the valley below so dress in layers. The views are astounding. Prepare to simply look out over the vastness of the Yosemite valley and Yosemite wilderness. I loved the place. There are drop dunnies (compost toilets for the locals) and a gift store which has limited food and drink as well as the gifts. The people who run the bus and the store and knowledgeable and live locally so talk to them and enjoy their expertise.

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