Glacier Point Trail

EASY 160 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.

9 days ago

Magnificent view!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view ...

walking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 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.

6 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
6 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
6 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
7 months ago

Every reason to do it, no excuse not to.

7 months ago

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
7 months ago

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
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Easy, nice view of half dome, various falls

hiking
7 months ago

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
7 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

Was closed for much of our trip, but finally open. Lots of snow! This is a must see if this is your first time at Yosemite. .6 miles of paved trail to a fabulous view!
This is a VERY popular site. Get there early & you'll still have company. It won't be shoulder to shoulder though.
Restrooms & a store are available.

hiking
8 months ago

Such an easy walk for amazing view of Half Dome, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls.

8 months ago

Amazing sunset, highly recommend

hiking
9 months ago

By far my favorite view at Yosemite

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