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Glacier Point

Drive to the best view in all of Yosemite. This 270-degree view of the Valley, Half Dome, and 3 Falls will amaze you.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.3 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
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Overview:  Glacier Point is a popular stop for many new visitors to Yosemite National Park on their way down to Yosemite Valley. Although it’s... more »

Tips:  If you entered from the South Entrance, turn right onto Glacier Point Road from Highway 41. It is about 15 miles until you reach... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking Lot

There is a fairly large parking lot at the end of Glacier Point Road, but on crowded days in summer it may be full. If this is the case, use your parking tactics you save for Christmas shopping season and loop the lot a few times—something will open up sooner or later as most people only walk to the point for a quick picture and a few minutes of ... More

Glacier Point offers the best view of Yosemite Valley, hands down. The only view that rivals it is from the top of Half Dome, but to get there you need to hike all day and the view is missing one key Yosemite element: Half Dome! When looking out, here are a few things to note (from left to right):

Yosemite Falls
The highest waterfall in North... More

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3. Amphitheatre

The amphitheatre isn’t anything like you may see in Greece, but it still deserves a quick walk through, if only to stretch your legs before you get back in the car.

4. Geology Hut

If you are interested in Geology, or simply amazed and stunned from the view from Glacier Point and cannot believe how something so amazing could have be created, head over to the Geology Hut which offers information about the geological history of Yosemite and how features such as Half Dome came to be.

5. Four-Mile Trail trailhead

If you are moving on to Yosemite Valley and want to get some more exercise, consider taking the Four-Mile Trail down to the Valley, which is surprisingly about 4 miles long. The Trail winds down the side of Glacier Point and can be difficult if you have had knee pains in the past. If you want even more of a hike, check out the Panoramic Trail... More

6. Concessions

Hungry? Why wait? You may quickly realize that Yosemite can get quite hot in July and August, so head over to the concession stand for a cold drink or snack to get you through the afternoon heat.

7. Restrooms

Conveniently located at the start of the path, take a quick stop here so that you can concentrate on the view when you get to Glacier Point