Glacier Point is one of those rare places where the scenery is so vast that it overwhelms the viewer.
Below your feet a sheer rock cliff, about 3,200 feet straight down, affords you a bird's eye view of the entire Yosemite Valley.
Across the valley you can see the 2,425-foot drop of Yosemite Falls. Beyond, the panoramic expanse of the High Sierra stands out in awe-inspiring clarity.
Signs identity major peaks. Sunset and full moon nights are ideal times to visit the point.
A full moon transforms the pastel granite landscape into a fairyland.
In summer you can drive to Glacier Point (32 miles from Yosemite Valley).
In winter when the road is closed at Badger Pass Ski Area Glacier Point is a favorite destination for cross-country, skiers.
But no matter how you travel or when you go, Glacier Point offers what may be Yosemite's finest view.
Glacier Point & Badger Pass
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.
The road is closed from sometime in November through early May or late June.
From mid-December through early April the road is plowed only as far as the Badger Pass ski area and Glacier Point can be reached via skis or snowshoes only.
Both downhill and cross-country skiing are available at Badger Pass from mid-December through early April.
View of Half Dome from Glacier Point. From the Yosemite Valley Floor at an elevation of 4,000 feet, the magnificent cliffs such as El Capitan and Half Dome rise 3,000 to 4,000 feet higher to forested uplands on either side. Photo by Steve Thompson/NPS.