Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

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Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park - Address

Address: Glacier Point Rd, Mariposa, CA 95389, United States

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • Awesome place to visit.... Driving to this place is also fun.... If you like to track, there is a 4 mile trail there, quite tough but few points on this way and old Pine trees are natural beauty of this place..... Also stop before the tunnel at tunnel view point that's also one of the most beautiful points at Yosemite National Park......

  • Gorgeous view of Yosemite and very tourist friendly. The lookout point is maybe 1/4 mile from the parking lot and the terrain is flat to mild incline. I Get there early since the parking lot can fill up by 10-11 am. If you can find a bathroom on the way make the pit stop because the public pit toilets on site can get fairly ripe on a busy day.

  • Amazing panoramas across Yosemite National Park. Half Dome is right in front of you. Yosemite Valley just below. Snowy mountains in the far. A nice spot to rest (especially if you took the Four Mile Trail) and take in the stunning scenery.

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