Glacier Point - Not to be Missed...

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Moira126 on February 25, 2010

"What happened to the other half of Half Dome?"

We were in Glacier Point listening to the Ranger Sunset Talk when a little girl asked this question. It was an interesting discussion... something about how, for thousands of years, glaciers shaped the many structures in Yosemite - the massive rock formations, the valley, the falls... It provided interesting insight on how all the beautiful scenery became as it is now.

Glacier Point should never be missed when visiting Yosemite. It is on about 7000 feet of elevation and could be reached by private vehicle although the drive could be a little "scary" at some points, as a friend would say, because there are parts of the road so near a a cliff. But then again she was not a very experienced driver :) Just remember to drive slow and very carefully. The great part about this is that Glacier Point could be reached by car, so you do not have a go on a "strenuous hike" to get to see the amazing vistas. This is great for people who could not really do a hike. But then again, if you're an adventurous soul, you could always reach Glacier Point through the Four Mile Trail from Yosemite Valley. Don't let that name deceive you because that trail could have elevation gains of about 3000 feet. For the not-so-adventurous, I suggest taking the Four Mile Trail, but starting at Glacier Point going down to the valley.

The best part of Glacier Point are the views! It showcases the famous points in Yosemite including, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Nevada and Vernal Falls, among others. It shows how all encompassing Yosemite could be. Even if you look all the way to the horizon, as far as the eye can see - in all different directions, there is just as much Yosemite on the other side - the side that you cannot see...
Glacier Point Trail Hike
Southside Drive
Yosemite National Park, California, 95389
+1 209 372 0200

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