Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. This is also a good starting or finishing point for some of Yosemite’s most popular trails, including the Four Mile Trail and the Panorama Trail. The best time to visit is early spring or fall before the road closes for the season. In the summer, it can be too popular, especially in the middle of the day.
Activities at Glacier Point include: birdwatching, hiking, stargazing and (in the winter months) skiing and snowboarding at Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass Ski Area). Be sure to check out Washburn Point just south of Glacier Point.
How to Get There
Car: Visitors can access Glacier Point by car starting in late May and lasting through October or November. Drive to the overlook via State Highway 41 and continuing onto Wawona Road. Turn onto Glacier Point Road at the Chinquapin intersection. Total travel time is about an hour from Wawona and Yosemite Valley. Visitors may be required to hitch a ride with the free shuttle from Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass Ski Asrea) to Glacier Point when Glacier Point parking lot fills.
Free Shuttle: Starting at 10 am, a free shuttle leaves from Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area every 20 minutes. Stops include: Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead, Washburn Point and Glacier Point. The final shuttle from Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area leaves at 4:30 pm and service ends at 5:30 p.m.
Bus Tour: Another travel option is by the Glacier Point Tour. This tour departs twice daily from the Yosemite Valley Lodge and returns after a four hour guided tour to Glacier Point. One-way tickets are available for hikers interested in trekking back to Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point via the Four Mile or Panorama Trail.
Ski/Snowboard: From mid-December through March, cross-country skiers can experience this view after skiing 10.5 miles from Yosemite Ski and Snowboard Area.
Take a Virtual Tour
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