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Glacier Point Trail

EASY 219 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

stroller friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

paved

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 month ago

Don’t miss the magnificent views here! And don’t be scared by the 252 feet—the elevation gain is less than that.

walking
1 month ago

This is not really a hike. There are several viewpoints that are easily accessible. Everything is paved and secured. There are many tourists present at any time.

The view, for example, of the Half Dome, is still breathtaking!

1 month ago

Great view from 7,000 feet up. You can look down in the valley where you were before plus see the surrounding mountains.

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk on a paved walkway that ends with an amazing view

2 months ago

Got there in time to see sunrise and was worth getting up early - not many others around!

hiking
2 months ago

outstanding

hiking
2 months ago

Great Views!

2 months ago

Beautiful views of the valley!! Especially gorgeous at sunset! There was a ranger talk when we went and she was an awesome story teller. You can tell she loves where she lives and loves telling visitors about Yosemite!

hiking
4 months ago

As far as reward to effort ratio goes, you can't get much better than this. The walk from the parking lot to the viewpoints is short, paved, mostly flat and, understandably, pretty crowded. Actually, just finding parking space can be quite tricky. The views of the valley and especially the Half Dome are absolutely stunning though and I really can't recommend this highly enough.

4 months 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
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

Amazing views!

scenic driving
5 months ago

Take your camera

5 months 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
5 months ago

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

walking
5 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago

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

6 months 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!!

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

10 months ago

Magnificent view!

hiking
Monday, November 13, 2017

Beautiful view ...

walking
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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

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