Badger Pass to Glacier Point Trail is a 21.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
cross country skiing
A 10.5 mile trek each way, via cross country skis or snowshoes, out to the Glacier Point Ski Hut. The views at the end are world class, and winter visitors have the rarified pleasure of enjoying them in solitude. Glacier Point overlooks the southern rim of Yosemite Valley, directly above Camp Curry. At 7,274 feet (2220m) asl, it commands possibly the best view in the park, overlooking Half Dome, Vernal and Yosemite falls, North Dome, Basket Dome, Grizzly peak and, on a clear day, pretty much all of California. In the winter, Glacier Point road closes to vehicles and is machine groomed with set ski tracks, making this a great trail for beginners or those wanting an easier ski. A 21-mile (34km) round trip, it can be skied in a long, 10-12 hour day or can be broken up into a more relaxing overnight stay at fantastic Glacier point (you will not be disappointed by sunrise). Frequent detours (such the Ghost forest loop depicted here) add variety and adventure to the trek. Start at the Badger Pass parking area and ski zone. Pick up your (free) wilderness permit here, if necessary (required for all overnight backcountry use). The rangers will also supply you with a map and let you know the latest weather and trail conditions. You can rent skis and snowshoes at the Badger Pass shop if desired (they are a bit pricey). When you arrive at the steep switchbacks, you are nearly there. Badger Pass has a few buildings and a lookout area, likely both covered in snow. Camp at least 1.5 miles from Badger Pass and 100 feet off the trail, but the park and the pristine snow is yours beyond that.
The temperatures were unseasonably cold on my trip, which regrettably made the snow sticky and tough going, but with the views at the end and a warm hut to call home, that hardly mattered. Anyone who loves Yosemite should make a point to do this trip.
Amazing trip, there's no better time to enjoy Glacier Point than in winter. No crowds, no noise, just the crunch of snow under your shoes.
The temperatures were unseasonably cold on my trip, which regrettably made the snow sticky and tough going, but with the views at the end and a warm hut to call home, that hardly mattered.
Anyone who loves Yosemite should make a point to do this trip.
Probably one of the best winter excursions in Yosemite NP. Only roughly 10% of all Yosemite visitors strap on a backpack and head out into the backcountry with an even smaller % that strap on a set of x-country skis or snowshoes and trek or ski the 21.5 miles out to Glacier Point in the Winter. So, you can check yourself off in the elite minority of folk who view Yosemite Valley from atop Glacier Point in the dead of Winter. Along the route take a break at Clarks Range overlook and Washburn Point. Take the time to multi-overnight and add some off trail treks to Illilouette Falls and Gorge, Moran Point and Staircase Falls.