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 Curry Village, on the floor of Yosemite Valley.
To Get There
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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.
The Badger Pass Ski Area, Glacier Point Ski Hut, and Ostrander Ski Hut are closed for the 2020/2021 season. As conditions allow, Badger Pass Road will be open from approximately mid-December through March. Visitors with their own skis or snowshoes can drive to Badger Pass and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The Glacier Point Road will be groomed from Badger Pass to Bridalveil Creek Campground, but not all the way to Glacier Point.
In typical years when the 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: November 16, 2020