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This is arguably one of the most magnificent views in all of the National Parks. It overlooks the high country with a birds-eye view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall.

From the Glacier Point parking area, take the short, paved, wheelchair-accessible path to the exhilarating and hair-raising lookout point, 3,214' above Half Dome Village, on the floor of Yosemite Valley. The views are expansive and truly breathtaking. From this vantage point, visitors will be able to take in splendid views of waterfalls and the icnoic granite features like Half Dome.

Short Walk: Glacier Point Road is typically open between late May or early June to sometime in November, weather dependent. From the Glacier Point parking area, take the short, paved, wheelchair-accessible path to the lookout.

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. This free shuttle leaves Badger Pass every 20 minutes.

Family Friendly: A short walk, picnic area, and stunning view make this a spot for the whole family. This viewpoint is fairly sheer, around 3,000' high, which can be difficult for those sensitive to heights.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Zander Göpfert

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Oct 18, 2019
Harshal Rane
Oct 13, 2019
Debra Mallinak
After hiking Sentinel
Oct 10, 2019
Danielle Oravec
Oct 1, 2019
Shoaib Khan
Did this hike down during my visit to Yosemite national park :) beautiful scenic views
Sep 25, 2019
Raphael Aiello
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Sep 19, 2019
Mike Cooper
B U tiful. Worth the drive, go in evening before the sunset, other stops on the way.
Sep 18, 2019
Emily Faust
Sep 17, 2019
Chris Stuard
Neat sunset!!

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