Viewpoint in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point

Glacier Point in Yosemite gives stunning views of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, and waterfalls from a 7,214-foot overlook.

Glacier Point offers one of the most incredible viewpoints in Yosemite National Park, at an elevation of 7,214 feet (2,199 meters). This overlook provides a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the High Sierra peaks.

Accessible by car during the warmer months, Glacier Point is a must-see destination for its views. The point is more than just a lookout; it's a historical site where the naturalist John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt once camped, leading to conversations that helped shape the National Parks System. The area is significant in the history of Yosemite’s indigenous peoples, who have long considered this land sacred.

Visitors can learn about the area's history at the Glacier Point Exhibit, which covers the geology and cultural heritage. Hiking fans can take on the challenging but rewarding Four Mile Trail, which climbs 3,200 feet (975 meters) from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point. The easier option is the paved overlook trail offering views, especially beautiful at sunset.

The history of Glacier Point goes back to its opening in 1872, when a mountain trail allowed guests to reach the point on horseback. Today's visitors can consider the changes in transportation and conservation over the years while enjoying the same views.

When planning a visit, aim for early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and capture good light for photography. The point is typically accessible from late May through October or November, depending on snow conditions. Remember to check for road closures and shuttle service availability if you prefer not to drive.

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