If you are travelling to Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point should definitely be in your list of destinations. At a commanding height of over 3,200 feet, this is one of the most brilliant vantage points in the world, commanding views of the snow clad peaks, the verdant hills and rippling cascades all around the valley.
Be it the panoramic views of the Valley itself, or the long list of the natural wonders around Glacier Point, you don’t want to miss any of them.
The following is a short list of key attractions around Glacier Point, notwithstanding the numerous hikes and trails scattered within the Park:
– Yosemite Falls
– Half Dome
– Vernal Falls
– Nevada Falls
– Clouds Rest
How to reach the Glacier Point
You can reach this location from Yosemite Valley by hiking, car, or on a touring coach.
There are quite a few walking trails leading to Glacier Point – the first is the Glacier Point Road, but it is usually closed in winter due to snow. The other trail is the Four Mile trail that reaches the top in a long and winding 4,5miles hike. While this is definitely the more strenuous of the two, it is accessible (though hazardous) when the Glacier Point Road is closed in winter. Yet another longer option is the Panorama Trail that runs for over 8 miles but is blessed with the bounty of the imposing Nevada and Vernal Falls.
Driving from Oakhurst to reach Glacier Point is a fairly straight drive that might take anytime from 1.5 to 2 hours through the Yosemite National Park. The Glacier Point Road is open to cars / buses (but do check if the road is closed, especially in winter months). If open, continue on Highway 41 that is named as the Wawona Road inside the Park. After driving for 13 miles, take the turn to the Glacier Point Road from the Chinquapin intersection to reach the Glacier Point
With a host of walking trails and other outdoor activities, it is definitely a good idea to spend a few days at or around Glacier Point. Given its proximity, it is most convenient to stay at Oakhurst and use this town, with all amenities and requirements, as a base for ventures and walks in the Yosemite National Park. “Waterfall lodge near Yosemite” provides excellent lodging options, and helps arrange for any activity. Call us 1-559-978-9010 to reserve your stay today!