Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

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    On Top of the World!

    by acebruin Updated Jun 1, 2007

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    Half Dome Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls
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    Accessible through Glacier Point Road, the view point is at the end of a 45 min drive from Hwy 41. The road takes you right up to the view point. It's a worth while drive to take. This place contains the most breath taking view of the valley you can imagine! You can see the valley floor from the top and all the features of Yosemite. Half dome, vernal falls, nevada falls, upper and lower yosemite falls, el capitan, liberty cap are just some of the features you can see from the view point. Whether you spend a day or a week in Yosemite, this is a must visit place. Of course it only opens between late May and October depending on the weather. In the winter and early spring the road is still covered with snow! Check with the yosemite government website for road conditions.

    Don't forget to visit the Geology Exhibit. It's right of the trail to the view point. It's a small stone hut containing pictures on how the valley was formed.

    Don't forget to bring a binocular. You can actually see people on top of vernal falls and nevada falls! Amazing!

    I visited this place on the day before I took the mist trail up vernal and nevada falls. It's stunning to see the trail you're about to take from far away on top of the world!

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    Glacier Point

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    Half Dome from Glacier Point

    It's a windy, 16 mile road to the top of Glacier Point from Route 41, but there are some fantastic views which make it very much worth it. It's a slow going road, with limited turnouts, so stay patient. At the end, you are rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view of the valley, including some of the larger waterfalls and Half Dome. There are restrooms up here as well as plenty of standing areas to take in the landscape. Half Dome is the highlight - you'll feel much closer to it here than in the valley.

    Please see my travelogues for more pictures from Glacier Point.

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    Glacier Point Geology Exhibit

    by chewy3326 Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Tenaya Canyon

    A short spur from the main path to Glacier Point leads you to the Geology Exhibit, a stone hut with a description inside of how Yosemite Valley formed. It starts with the upllift of the Sierra Nevada, and then the canyon cut into the range by the Merced River. Later, glaciers blanketed the whole area; in fact, at one point, all of Yosemite Valley except the top of Half Dome was glaciated. Later glaciers eventually carved out the steep cliffs and walls of the valley. After the last glacial retreat, terminal moraine created a giant lake that eventually silted up into today's flat Yosemite Valley. After seeing the exhibit, walk out onto it's viewpoint for a view of Half Dome, the Giant Staircase, and Tenaya Canyon.

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    by chewy3326 Updated Jun 30, 2006

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    As far as viewpoints you can drive up to, there is none greater than Glacier Point. From the large parking lot at the point, you just have to walk a few hundred yards to the viewpoint. The ampitheatre also has a wide view, but it does not compare with Glacier Point itself. From here, the grand face of Half Dome dominates most of the scene; there's a good view of Clouds Rest, Mt. Watkins, Tenaya Canyon, North and Basket Domes, Royal Arches, Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Nevada Fall, Liberty Cap, Mt. Hoffman, Tenaya Peak, and Mt. Starr King. Then look down 3000 feet to the floor of Yosemite Valley. You can spot Mirror Lake, the Merced River's winding course, the grand Ahwahnee Hotel, and the various meadows of the valley floor. Nearby, there's also Overhanging Rock, a famous icon where many visitors used to pose at the cliff's edge. The rock is now off limits, for everyone's safety. Click on my Glacier Point photo for a larger panoramic view.

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    Summit Meadow

    by chewy3326 Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Summit Meadow

    The Glacier Point Road is generally only open from Memorial Day (late May) to October, and is closed in winter and spring due to snow. Plowing of the Glacier Point road begins April 15 each year; check the national park service website if you plan on driving to Glacier Point before July. From the junction with the Wawona Road (Hwy 41), the Glacier Point Road climbs a ridge above the valley of Grouse Creek. It eventually crests at Badger Pass, where you'll find the little-known Summit Meadow. Since it is so close to the road, you'll hear many cars going by, which is unpleasant; but not many people stop at this meadow. It doesn't have the most spectacular setting, but you can find wildflowers and wildlife near this meadow.

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    Best Views in the Park!

    by sunshinejo Updated Jun 4, 2006

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    View of Nevada & Vernall Falls from Glacier Point
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    Whatever you do in Yosemite, Glacier Point is DEFINITLY worth a visit. It sits on top of a 3,200 foot almost sheer cliff rising from Yosemite Valley below and offers the most spectacular views over the valley and to the mountains beyond. My adivce would be to make it one of the last things you do in the park. We came on our last day (although this was mainly because they only opened the road that day!) We spent ages there admiring the views, taking photos and trying to figure out which waterfall was what. It was really nice to be able to piece everything together, identifying waterfalls, peaks and trails that we'd seen during the previous couple of days.

    For those with plenty of stamina, Glacier Point can be accessed by the VERY steep (3,200 foot ascent!) Four Mile Trail - which, according to my guide book, is actually 10 miles long! Alternatively, you can get the Glacier Point Hikers Bus ($15 each way) from the valley floor, or you can get there by car along the Glacier Point Road.

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    Glacier Point - one of the best views in America

    by mikelisaanna Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    Glacier Point, is a scenic overlook that is about a 1-hour drive from the Yosemite Valley. It as actually located at the top of the cliffs on the southern edge of the valley, about 3000 feeet above the valley floor. It provides you with an amazing view of the Yosemite Valley from above, as well as all of the surrounding mountains and valleys. If you are going to make one trip outside of the valley, this should be the one.

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    On Top of the World at Glacier Point

    by annk Written Jun 21, 2005

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    Glacier Point

    Well not quite, but the view is spectacular at over 3200 feet. The lookout is over the Yosemite Valley where many of its well known features can be seen. This is considered to be one of the most exhilarating overlooks in the world. There are many paved walking paths and informational signs.

    A snack bar, gift shop and restrooms are here.

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    Viewing Half Dome and the valley floor

    by luv2scrap Updated Jan 30, 2005

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    Half Dome from Glacier Point

    Driving up to Glacier Point is something that can only be done from late May until the first snow falls (even if it is just a dusting). There is plenty of parking, restrooms and a snack and gift shop. Glacier Point is at an elevation of over 7200 feet. From here you get a almost level and close up view of Half Dome and and eagle's eye view of the entire valley floor with the Merced River winding through it. Also from this vantage point you can see Nevada and Vernal Falls, which cannot be spotted from the valley floor, unless you like to hike. With a pair of high-powered bincoulars or camera lens you can see people on top of Half Dome and walking along trails to Vernal and Nevada Falls. The view is breath-taking, and worth the 45 minute drive.

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    Glacier Point

    by IceBear7 Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    One of the big musts in Yosemite!

    You can hike up the 979 m Glacier Point (takes 4 hours) or drive up, what I did and only takes 1 hour. If you go up really early - what I did as well - you might be lucky and have the place for yourself. A feeling like the queen of the world!

    The view from Glacier Point must be one of the most thrilling in the whole world! You see all the peaks, the length of the valley, the hotels and buildings down on the valley floor, and around you this amazing mountain scenery.

    A magical place.

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    Glacier Point

    by goingsolo Updated Sep 3, 2004

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    Glacier Point

    The turn off for Glacier Point Road is located about 13 miles north of Wawona. The 16 mile road winds upward seemingly through a forest of pine and fir trees. At the end of the road there is a parking lot which leads to a viewpoint for Mirror Lake and Half Dome. If you have binoculars, or a really good zoom lens, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall can be seen in the distance.

    A four mile trail leads from Glacier Point to the Four Mile Parking area, about a mile from Yosemite Valley. The trail is described as strenuous, but is supposed to provide great views of Yosemite Valley.

    Since I had such a brief period of time, I couldn't do the trail. But I took the short walk on the paved path to the overlook and caught a glimpse of the awesome view.

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    Glacier Point has incomperable views

    by jessicadf Written Sep 1, 2004

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    Posing over Yosemite Valley

    Drive on out to Glacier Point, along the rim of Yosemite Valley, directly at the top of the sheer cliffs above Curry Village (aka Camp Curry).

    Okay, maybe there are more incomperable views if you hike to Tuolomne Meadows, or to the top of Half Dome. But if you're going to reach your views mainly by car, then Glacier Point is the place to go.

    It takes about 30-45 minutes to get to Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley floor, by car. There is also a 4-mile hike (named 4-mile hike, appropriately), that goes between the foot of Bridal Veil Falls and Glacier Point. I haven't done that hike, but I suspect it's a VERY good workout.

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    Glacier Point Views - A sight to behold

    by bee77 Written Aug 5, 2004
    Picture perfect!!!

    It is possible to hike up to Glacier point but as we were pressed for time we drove. The roads were windy and had to be taken at slow speeds, so it took almost 1/2 an hour to drive up there. You won't be disappointed though! The sights are amazing!

    Why it's so special? Simply the views. You get to see Yosemite Valley and an awesome view of Half Dome, and Nevada Falls. Any photo you take from up here....what can I say? Kodak moment.

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    View from Glacier Point

    by MarvintheMartian Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    Half Dome from Glacier Point

    One of the most classic views of Yosemite is from Glacier Point.

    It's an all day hike for most people, so if time is short then a half-day coach tour will take you there and back via a back road. Good views throughout the journey.

    The half dome was the first thing I saw in Yosemite when I was flying into San Francisco - luckily the pilot pointed it out!

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    Awesome view

    by joits Written Jul 14, 2004

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    View from Glacier Point

    We decided to drive up here rather than hike up because it was our last day. But I would highly recommend hiking, you'll be treated to an amazing view. Once you get up there, prepare to be amazed by one of the most beautiful views you'll ever see anywhere in the world.

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