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Glacier Point

Easy

Trail

0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer loop
77% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 135' 41 m
Descent: -135' -41 m
High: 7,200' 2,195 m
Low: 7,067' 2,154 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Come for the sunrise or stay for the sunset - the view from Glacier Point is spectacular.

Tom Robson

Features Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall

Pets are allowed on this paved trail, but must be kept on a leash not more than six feet long or otherwise physically restrained.

Overview

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.

Runner Notes

Too crowded for a run, this area is still worth checking out.

Description

Start at the Glacier Point parking area and enjoy a leisurely wheelchair-accessible stroll to the Glacier Point railing, where you look down on Yosemite Valley (3,200 below!) and east toward Half Dome and the High Sierra.

The extreme tip of the Glacier Point promontory is barren, but on the slopes below, in the valley to the west, and on the wooded slopes above, glacial material is abundant. Its glacial origin is proved by the presence in it of rocks derived from Little Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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#272

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#46

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#272

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Photos

A lovely summer day at Glacier Point.
May 19, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Half Dome, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls from Glacier Point
Apr 2, 2020 near Yosemit…, CA
Yosemite Falls and the valley floor from Glacier Point
Apr 2, 2020 near Yosemit…, CA
Looking out over the Yosemite Valley from the Glacier Point Trail
Apr 30, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Glacier Point view.
Apr 30, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Half Dome. Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls to the right in front of Liberty Cap.
Dec 10, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA

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