Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country, is accessible by car from approximately late May through October or November. From mid-December through March, cross-country skiers can experience this view after skiing 10.5 miles.
From the Glacier Point parking and tour unloading area, a short, paved, wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to an exhilarating (some might say unnerving) point 3,214 feet above Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village), on the floor of Yosemite Valley.
To Get There
From mid-May to September, you may be required to use a free shuttle from Badger Pass to Glacier Point between 10 am to 4:30 pm when the Glacier Point parking lot fills. If you arrive at the Badger Pass turnoff before 10 am or after 4:30 pm, you can drive to Glacier Point (and all trailheads). If you arrive between 10 am and 4:30 pm and the Glacier Point parking lot is full, rangers will have you park at Badger Pass and use the free shuttle to get to Glacier Point or other locations along the Glacier Point Road. Parking is available at Badger Pass for RVs and trailers, but not for full-sized commercial buses.
The free shuttle leaves Badger Pass every 20 minutes and stops at Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead, Washburn Point, and Glacier Point. Upon request or flag-down, the shuttle stops at McGurk Meadow, Ostrander Lake, and Mono Meadow trailheads. The first shuttle leaves Badger Pass at 10 am, the last shuttle leaves Badger Pass at 4:30 pm, and the last shuttle leaves Glacier Point at 5:30 pm. (No shuttle service of any kind is available after 5:30 pm.) It's possible you may need to wait for up to an hour for a shuttle bus that has space. If the shuttle operation is too full, the Glacier Point Road may close completely, with no vehicle access to Glacier Point.
Vehicles displaying accessibility placards, people with a wilderness permit for Glacier Point Road trailheads, and people camping at Bridalveil Creek Campground can drive to their destination at any time.
Points of Interest
Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra is located 30 miles (one hour) from Yosemite Valley. The road ends at Glacier Point and it is a short walk to the viewpoint.
Washburn Point, just south of Glacier Point, has similar views, though the views of Vernal and Nevada Falls are more direct.
When Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area (formerly Badger Pass Ski Area) is open (mid to late December through March), the Glacier Point Road is groomed beyond the ski area. Cross-country skiers can follow the road for 10.5 miles to Glacier Point. This is possible as a (21-mile) day trip or as an overnight. A ski hut is open in winter (reservation required) or you can camp (with a wilderness permit, available from the Badger Pass Ranger Station without a reservation). Read more about winter camping and winter trails along the Glacier Point Road [530 kb PDF]. Activities such as downhill skiing and snowboarding are also available.
Last updated: June 9, 2017