Glacier Point

Yosemite, California 95389

Glacier Point

Glacier Point Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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."

"Glacier Point is perched on the sheer southern wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet. This short, wheelchair-accessible trail leads to some of the most inspiring vistas you will ever see. Several overhanging platforms provide spectacular views from 3,200 feet above the valley. The eagle’s-eye view spreads out in every direction across the valley, highlighted by polished domes, snow-covered peaks, glacially carved valleys, four waterfalls and the vast expanse of the High Sierra. A geology exhibit in an elevated gazebo-like rock enclosure explains the processes that formed the valley."

"From the early 1870s until January 1968, a large pile of embers was pushed off Glacier Point at evening darkness to create the renowned Firefall—a glowing “waterfall.” Quite a spectacle. Then from the early 1970s until June 1990, people in the chilly early morning hours would take running leaps from this vicinity out into space. This hang gliding was also quite a spectacle. However, one reason for establishing the park was to protect its natural lands, and you can see a spectacular part of them by making the short pilgrimage out to nearby Glacier Point, which arguably offers the preeminent view of Yosemite Valley."

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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