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  • Address: Glacier Point
An overlook with an incomparable view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite's high country (stay for stargazing if you have the time), Glacier Point is accessible by car during the summer and by cross-country ski during the winter. Perhaps it's getting to Glacier Point that is half the fun!

During the winter, skiers are rewarded only after a 10.5 cross-country tour; during the summer, hikers can choose from the misleadingly named Four Mile Trail (it's actually closer to five miles long), the nearly nine mile Panorama Trail or, for the truly ambitious, a combination of the two trails, to reach the promontory.

However, if you lack the time, desire or stamina to climb the nearly 3,200 feet (975 meters) above the valley floor, consider the four-hour Glacier Point Tour, which departs daily from Yosemite Lodge.

Practical Info

When it's open, you can drive to Glacier Point by traveling on the Wawona Road either north from Wawona or south from Yosemite Valley. After traveling about 13 miles, turn on to the Glacier Point Road at the Chinquapin intersection. Driving time from Wawona and Yosemite Valley is about an hour.

The Glacier Point Tours require reservations, but can be made from any Tour & Activity Desk. Tours depart at 8:30am, 10am and 1:30pm daily from May through October. Cost ranges from $23 for a child to $41 for an adult; children under five years of age are free. One-way tickets are available if you decide to ride up and hike back down.

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Yosemite Hiking Excursion

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Outdoor enthusiasts of every fitness and experience level can enjoy this amazing Yosemite hiking excursion. Choose from a beginner, intermediate, moderate, ...  Read more

Location: Yosemite, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $131.25

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