ElevationAscent: 835' 255 m
Descent: -834' -254 m
High: 7,572' 2,308 m
Low: 7,241' 2,207 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A beautiful route through the forests to a lookout point over Yosemite Valley”— Graham Lambert
Family Friendly With a variety of options to make this hike longer or shorter, this is a great option for older kids to explore the trails. Also a fun option as an intro to snowshoeing in the winter.
From the Badger Pass Cross-Country center, take the trail around the edge of the car park to Glacier Point Road. After 1.3 miles you'll reach the turn-off to the left to take the route via Dewey Point Meadows for 2.7 miles to Dewey Point. The views across Yosemite Valley are incredible, including Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Cathedral Rocks, Cathedral Spires, Leaning Tower, the Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Three Brothers, and Mount Hoffman.
Return along the same trail for 1 mile, retracing your steps back to where the trail forks. From here, take the right-hand fork for the Dewey Point Ridge Trail. This takes you along the ridge back to Glacier Point Road with some great views across the Central Valley with Mount Diablo being visible on clear days.
After 2.2 miles, take Glacier Point Road back to Badger Pass.
The total distance is 8.3 miles with 1077ft elevation gain - most of it on the Dewey Point Ridge Trail section. In snowshoes, the total time for a typical outing is around 6.5 hours with an hour for lunch and plentiful stops to admire the scenery.
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