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Badger Pass to Glacier Point Trail is a 21.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 21.7 mi Elevation gain 2,483 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm 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.

Park in overnight section of Badger Pass parking lot (permit required, and is acquired with reservations at Glacier Point Hut). There are two ski huts available for back country skiers: Glacier Point Lodge (available to those in a Badger Pass Ski Area/Yosemite Mountaineering School-operated tour) and Ostrander Hut (by reservation through the Yosemite Conservancy). Most people camp on the snow.

To make reservations at Glacier Point Hut call (209) 372-8444 Official guide http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=134994 Ostrander Ski Hut Reservations http://www.yosemiteconservancy.org/facilities-reservation

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Yvonne Chan
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Cross Country Skiing

Very icy. Coverage is patchy.

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Farah Stack
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Cross Country SkiingIcySnow

One of the coolest ventures I’ve ever done. 22 miles of gorgeous views. Not crowded whatsoever. A little icy at some points with road showing, just be cautious of your surroundings. Definitely recommend this trip!!

Alex Paino
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Cross Country SkiingClosed

The road has already been half-plowed :(

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Janna Rodriguez
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RJ Valdez
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Randy Johnson
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chuck & lisa Alessi
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Cross Country Skiing

Excellent day to travel out and back to glacier point The road was groomed two days ago

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Molly Nicholas
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Cross Country Skiing

spectacular trip. one of the best cross country overnights I've done. gorgeous views. we missed the sunset due to heavy snow but had a gorgeous sunrise the next morning! slept at the hut: hit cookie when you arrive, hot dinner, breakfast, and lunch to go. really wonderful trip. it was just us and one other person at the hut! cannot recommend highly enough.

Jana Roper
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Backpacking

Did the trek last weekend via snowshoes. Amazing!!! Worth the long mileage. My app said it was 11.5 miles from the Badger Pass ski parking lot to the tip of Glacier Point with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Spent the night and hiked out the next day. Had the lookout to myself for sunset!!

jhony walker
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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. superhandles

Dave Schmalz
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Cross Country Skiing

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.

Bohdi Silva
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Snowshoeing
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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.

Alan Douglas
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Hiking
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Marcy R.
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Hiking
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Shena Langa
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Hiking
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Jin Su Ham
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Hiking
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Sean Williams
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Hiking
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Alex Paino
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Cross Country Skiing
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Richard Works
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Hiking
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Hiromi Mcneil
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Hiking
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Alan Duong
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Michael Thomas
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Hiking
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Mark Hadley
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Hiking
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Scott Macy
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Wade Sias
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Cross Country Skiing
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Jerusalem Jacobsen
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Hiking
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Yvonne Chan
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Chris Major
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Hiking
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Carlos (outdoorlos)
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Backpacking
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