Glacier Point Trail

EASY 193 reviews
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Glacier Point Trail is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
262 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

Drive to the best view in all of Yosemite. This 270-degree view of the Valley, Half Dome, and 3 Falls will amaze you. Glacier Point is a popular stop for many new visitors to Yosemite National Park on their way down to Yosemite Valley. Although it's not much of a hike, the view at the end of the paved walkway will leave you breathless. You will see (left to right) both Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley below, Clouds Rest, Half Dome standing proud, and even Vernal and Nevada Falls. What more could you ask for? Winter In Winter the road to Glacier Point is closed to cars, but strap on a pair of cross country skis or snowshoes and you should be good to go. If you want to stay overnight, reserve a spot in the Glacier Point Ski Hut where there are bunk beds (dormitory style), a wood fire, food, and good company.

1 day ago

Do yourself a favor, take the bus to Glacier Point and hike all the way back down to the valley. You can hit up Nevada and Vernal falls on the way down, plus a bonus of crossing over Illilouette falls on the way to Nevada. This hike is for the most part all down hill, so for those who find going up the trail to Vernal and Nevada, this will be much more doable. The views are spectacular!

hiking
10 days ago

Great little walk for an amazing view of Half Dome and the valley floor.

13 days ago

Amazing views!

scenic driving
15 days ago

Take your camera

25 days ago

The amazing thing about this area is that so many of the trails connect! I will most definitely be back and do more hiking, but this time around, Yosemite was just a half-day stop. And if you’re doing the same thing, get here early and head to this spot! I’m currently on a huge road trip and this may have been the most amazing sight my eyes have ever seen. Simply spectacular. Additionally, another cool thing is that there is great phone connection so I was able to facetime and share the view with some of my friends and family back home. All that to say, I’d HIGHLY recommend this lookout point of the valley, whether you’re just stopping by the park for a few hours, or hiking some of the trails around it!

hiking
27 days ago

We walked the mile long trail from the Taft Trail/Glacier Point Junction. Well worth it!

walking
29 days ago

Simple walk to amazing views! Worth going at sunset as it lights up Half Dome!
Kids loved being able to be free, climb rocks and having flashlights.

hiking
1 month ago

Of course the view is amazing. Not sure I would consider that a hike. Be careful of when you go - I went in the afternoon of memorial day, and rangers stopped us for 2 hours to wait before there was enough parking place. I was also back there after a hike for sunset which was great.

hiking
1 month ago

Arrive early and you’ll have an easy time parking. Unbelievable views of the valley, waterfalls, and surrounding peaks.

1 month ago

Amazing views, definite must do. Parking lot is a decent size to accommodate the crowds. Kids and hungry hikers loved the snack bar up there, must do!!

2 months ago

If you are on Glacier Point Road, you have to check out this place. Such amazing views!

2 months ago

amazing view of the valley ! no crowds early May if open !

3 months ago

Most beautiful area near the valley floor. It's a must see.

hiking
4 months ago

amazing view. you can see upper and lower falls and also half dome.

5 months ago

Magnificent view!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful view ...

walking
8 months ago

Best views of the valley and surrounding range North and East of Yosemite!

9 months ago

Amazing views, check out sentinel dome and Taft point just down the road while you are there

10 months ago

My favorite part of Yosemite has to be here. Worth every breathtaking moment

10 months ago

The most amazing view I have ever seen! Definitely my favorite spot I've found hiking so far! I miss it like I miss a person. Just breathtaking. 100% recommend.

11 months ago

Amazing view! Probably my favorite overlook. You can see the Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Vernal and Nevada Falls. Highly recommend for a bird's eye view

scenic driving
11 months ago

Crowds are the only deterrent up here. The views are amazing and really puts the park in perspective of where things are located. It's easy to pick out the visitor center, restaurants, and cabins, as well as all the monoliths now seen from slightly above. This is mainly a lookout point that is accessed by car, but has plenty of space to view the whole valley. Sunset is one of the best times to go!

hiking
11 months ago

Such a beautiful view of half dome and the falls across the way. Took awhile to get to and not very much hiking to do there. But it was still crazy pretty and we decided to just go hike on one of the nearby trails. Oh and the geology hut is awesome definitely take a look at that if you're interested in that kind of thing!

walking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Every reason to do it, no excuse not to.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

We came here on the last leg of our itinerary, bought ice cream from the shop and watched the view of half dome. Long drive in to get here is only downside .

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

We took the Glacier Point tour up to Glacier Point to avoid having to climb the Panorama trail. From Glacier Point we descended the Panorama trail to the Mist trail and back Yosemite Valley. Descending this trail was a great way to see the views and not over work yourself.

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Easy, nice view of half dome, various falls

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Absolutely incredible! Breathtaking views of the Yosemite Valley! It's a very crowded area, and there are restrooms and a tiny shop at the location.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Breathtaking views! Panoramic views all around you of the entire valley! Take the tram 30 minutes up to Glacier Point way easier that way instead of trying to find parking off the side of the road. Super crowded at this scenic view but its totally worth it!

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