Do you want that Top Of The World feeling? Take a day trip to Glacier Point in Yosemite.
Yosemite is one of the most spectacular places on Earth and Glacier Point gives you a panoramic view that you won't get anywhere else in the park. From here you will see many of the parks breathtaking sights: Half Dome, North Dome, Yosemite Falls, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Yosemite Valley, and Yosemite's high country.
This is a place that you will never forget, and will want to go back to again and again. However, you can only visit it during the warm season after the snow has been cleared from Glacier Point Road. Glacier Point stands at an elevation of 7,200 feet, which is well over 3,000 feet above Yosemite Valley.
The overlook is a 10 minute walk from the parking lot. Along the way, there is a small visitor's center, an outside ampitheater with a magnificent view, and picturesque stone building made made for shelter, plus lots more.
There are plenty of opportunities to have fun with your photographic skills at Glacier Point. It has become a hot spot for night photographers, and with digital camera's high ISO capabilities, plus a fast lens, it's pretty easy to capture a spectacular photo of Glacier Point and it's sights after sunset.
Think about planning your visit during a full moon when the granite monoliths cast surreal shadows from the moonlight, or during the new moon when the Milky Way can be viewed in the southern sky. Yosemite Valley becomes alive with light, and you can see the scattered lights of rock climbers that are spending the night on the face of North Dome.
There's no shortage of other things to photograph besides the vast landscape. You'll see wildflowers, ravens, marmots, and lots of interesting nooks and crannies filled with alpine plants.
Before you go, check the website to see if the road to Glacier Point is open, and if reservations are required to enter the park.
Important! Glacier Point Road will close in the fall of 2021 for repairs. The road will remain closed for all of 2022. It will reopen again in the spring of 2023, with 30 minute traffic delays.
- 86 miles north of Fresno on Highway 41
- Best time to go: Summer and fall
- Check website for possible road closures and reservation requirements
- Entry fee: $35 per vehicle
- Walking required