Glacier Point

Yosemite, California 95389

Glacier Point

Glacier Point Professional Guide

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"The vista point is simply phenomenal. You can look straight down on the eastern half of Yosemite Valley (and Yosemite Falls) or east to Half Dome and the amphitheater containing Nevada and Vernal falls. The attraction is the enormity of the view, not just gushing waterfalls in spring, making this a must-visit location any time Glacier Point Road is open, usually mid-May–October. During the middle of the day in summer, Glacier Point is very crowded. It is advisable to visit early in the morning, when you can sit quietly and absorb the enormity of the landscape, or at sunset, the time of day with the best lighting."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"The view from Glacier Point is surely one of the most spectacular in the world. Half Dome occupies center stage, brooding over slickrock Tenaya Canyon and Mirror Lake at the east end of Yosemite Valley. To the right the Merced River drops into the valley over the Giant Staircase as Nevada and Vernal Falls. Beyond lie rounded Mount Starr King and the darker colored Clark Range. Interpretive panels at the rim help you identify the distant peaks." Read more
Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press)
Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk
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"This is more of a vista point than a walk, but it is included here because it is simply too phenomenal to miss. The attraction is the enormity of the view, not just the gushing waterfalls in spring, making it a must-visit location anytime Glacier Point Road is open, usually mid-May–October. It is also a location important to Yosemite’s history, from the seminal photo of President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir to the infamous fire fall. From the early 1870s until January 1968, a large pile of embers was pushed off Glacier Point at evening darkness to create the renowned fire fall—a glowing “waterfall.”" Read more

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6/27/2011
I gave it five stars only because of the great views. Not even a hike, but a light walk. Great for very young kids and very old folks. Combine with one or more of the trails that start/end here.
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7/20/2008
Definitely one of the best views you will ever have-- Glacier Point is breathtaking. The only setback is the ton of other people you have to "share" with. But it's worth it.
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7/17/2006
This is one of the most amazing sites I have ever seen! And the Panorama Trail leading from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley passes by 3 incredible waterfalls. It is slightly strenuous, but mostly downhill and worth ever step!
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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
0.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Spring to Fall
Season
Views, Waterfalls
Features

Activity Feed

Dec 2018