Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

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    Glacier Point

    by acemj Updated Jun 10, 2004

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    For the most expansive views, you can either hike (about 4 miles) or drive up to Glacier Point. From here, you can see the High Country spread out below you, including great views of Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls and, of course, spectacular vistas out toward Half Dome.

    While here, be sure to check out nearby Washburn Point (just south of Glacier Point) where the views are similarly spectacular.

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    Glacier Point.

    by JanPeter74 Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Half Dome in the morning - seen from Glacier Point

    Glacier Point is (perhaps together with Tunnel view) the most important viewpoint in Yosemite NP. From here you have a spectacular view on both Half Dome as well as Yosemite Valley. (more to the left, when looking at this picture)

    Bear in mind that it will take quite some time to drive from Yosemite Valley all the way up to Glacier Point. But the view is definitely worth it.

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    The Alpenglow

    by PA2AKgirl Updated Apr 7, 2004

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    Sunset at Glacier Point is incredible. Take a look at the picture and you'll see why...the sun still shines on Half Dome when the rest of the Valley is shadowed. This isn't even a great picture--sometimes Half Dome turns bright red. Lots of people come up here for the sunset, but it's a fun gathering. It's not like you won't be able to see it and you are all there for the same reason. There's usually a Ranger (named Dick Ewert, I believe) up there who talks and answers questions, usually because they are coming off of an afternoon/evening program. There are nice trails up at Glacier Point as well.
    The drive up is a little frightening. It twists and turns and puts you face to face with a dropoff you rather not see.It's really a sheer drop of about 3200 feet.
    Like the other roads in Yosemite, there are turnouts, so if you are feeling pressured by a car coming up behind you, you're able (and supposed) to pull off the road to allow that driver to pass.

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    Glacier Point

    by Andraf Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    View of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point

    Glacier Point offers a great view of Yosemite Valley. From here you can see Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls and the remarkable silhouette of Half Dome. This viewpoint is located 3215 ft (980m) above the valley floor and it is accesible only during the summer, the road being blocked by snow in the winter.

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    North Dome and Basket Dome

    by zrim Written Nov 8, 2003

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    the domes of the north rim

    Looking north across Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point you can see North Dome and Basket Dome. They are absolutely beautiful symetrical domes--but they get only a nod as supporting cast when viewed alongside Half Dome or El Capitan.

    The summit of North Dome is a strenuous overnight hike from the Yosemite Valley (a 3600 foot climb) or a moderate dayhike from the Porcupine Creek Trailhead off the Tioga Road (an 8.8 mile roundtrip with an 800 foot descent).

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    Tenaya Mountain and Cathedral Peak

    by zrim Written Nov 8, 2003

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    the rugged Sierra

    This photo is taken from Glacier Point and zoomed to 300 mm or so. Tenaya Mountain and Cathedral Peak are in the high Sierra in Yosemite's less visited backcountry. It is possible to drive the Tioga Road to get much closer to these peaks, but if you wish to climb to their summit expect long hikes and overnight camping.

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    Glacier Point

    by mht_in_la Updated Oct 30, 2003

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    Half Dome viewed from Glacier Point

    Glacier Point is one popular destination. You can drive, take the shuttle, or hike up here. No matter how you come up, you are rewarded by the incredible bird's-eye view over Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and numerous waterfalls. The 360 degree vista is the best way to appreciate what Yosemite is about.

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    First Look at Yosemite Valley at Glacier Point

    by zrim Written Oct 23, 2003

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    a view like no other

    It is a long drive from the southern entrance (Hwy 41 coming up from Fresno) until the tremendous sights of Yosemite Valley make an appearance. Miles of very twisty roadway past endless groves of pines. Resist the urge to pull over and peer through the trees over the edge of the cliffs that you will drive along. The views are mediocre and you want to be wowed by the first sight of Yosemite Valley.

    We chose to take the road up to Glacier Point before driving on to the valley floor. It was a good choice. Glacier Point is a long drive in itself, 16 miles from the turnoff with top speeds of maybe 35 mph given the precarious curves along the way. But the payoff is worth the drive and worth the wait. The first view from either Washburn Point or Glacier Point looking at Half Dome, Cloudsrest and North Dome are just indescribably jaw-dropping. The vista is so unique that it is not surpassed by the likes of Denali, Big Sur or Crater Lake.

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    And There's More!

    by mrclay2000 Updated May 5, 2003

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    Half Dome, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls

    And for an awesome view of the points you just passed only a few hours back, there's Half Dome, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls looking like miniatures from Glacier Point. Both legs of Yosemite Valley are immediately visible from the overlooks.

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    Since You're Already Here, Go All The Way

    by mrclay2000 Updated May 5, 2003

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    Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point - Half Dome (R)

    If you've made Nevada Falls and you're ready for more, hump your pack and water all the way to Glacier Point, one of the highest overlooks in the valley. From here you can witness at once the effects of past glaciation in this beautiful park, see how Half Dome was sheered away from its original form, and see how forests were left to thrive once the glaciers entirely receded.

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    Overhanging Rock

    by thebeatsurrender Written Jun 21, 2007

    This pretty rock formation overlooks the valley at Glacier Point. In the distance, you can see Yosemite Falls.

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    Glacier Point

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 7, 2007

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    One of the best-known views of Yosemite. Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and the Sierra Nevadas are plainly visible. Not always accessible during winter or early spring.

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    The view from Glacier Point is priceless!

    by sean420 Written Jun 26, 2005
    Half Dome as seen from Glacier Point

    Glacier point is located at the rim of the south side fo Yosemite Valley. It's 3000 feet straight down from the observation area.

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    Glacier Point - Another view

    by annk Written Jun 21, 2005

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    Glacier Point

    There are fabulous views from anywhere on the walkways. Shown is the 3 tiered Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley and Merced River. Wish I had a photo of someone perched out on the rock ledge.

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    Scenic View

    by raulaf Updated May 7, 2005
    Merced River snaking thru the valley floor

    If you are afraid of flying but want an aerial view of the Yosemite valley, visit Glacier Point. You will literally feel like you are on top of the world and the view is absolutely stunning.

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