Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Arguably the most spectacular view in the park is at the end of Glacier Point Road with the curved tooth of Half Dome prominently in the foreground.
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Yosemite sunset from Glacier Point's View Terrace.

Arguably the most spectacular view in the park is at the end of Glacier Point Road, about an hour’s drive from Yosemite Valley. Here you can gaze out across the Sierra Nevada high country, with the curved tooth of Half Dome prominently in the foreground.

The welcome sign at Glacier Point. You can see Half Dome in the distance.
Glacier Point trail sign. This is the access to both the View Terrace and the Upper Terrace.

Glacier Point's View Terrace

The View Terrace gives you a view of the eastern side of Yosemite Valley. From left to right: Half Dome, Liberty Cap, Vernal Falls (bottom), and Nevada Falls. In the background you can also see Mt. Florence (center) and Mt. Clark (right). Just out of view of the below photo on the right is Mt Starr King.

Glacier Point View Terrace with a view of Half Dome, Nevada Falls, and Vernal Falls.

Glacier Point's Upper Terrace

People enjoying Glacier Point's Upper Terrace

The Upper Terrace gives you a view west of the Half Dome including left to right: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village and Curry Village (looking straight down), plus the Royal Arches and Mirror Lake below Half Dome. In the background you can spot Mt Hoffman, the North Dome and the Basket Dome. Way to the left of the Upper Terrace is Overhanging Rock, a place to take daring, risky photos.

View from Glacier Point's Upper Terrace with Half Dome to the right and Royal Arches to the left.
View from Glacier Point's Upper Terrace looking down at Yosemite Valley. Way to the left is Overhanging Rock.
Galen Clark, Yosemite pioneer and discoverer of Mariposa Grove, standing on Overhanging Rock near Glacier Point.

Nights at Glacier Point

Full moon nights are a magical time to visit Glacier Point, where John Muir and US President Teddy Roosevelt once camped out. During summer, amateur astronomy clubs host star parties at Glacier Point Amphitheater in cooperation with the National Park Service.

Note Glacier Point Road is usually closed beyond the Badger Pass ski area from November until late May or early June.

Four Mile Trail Connecting Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley

The Four Mile Trail (actually 4.8 miles) can be hiked one-way during the summer by purchasing a one-way bus tour ticket between Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Note that tours can fill, so it is recommended to first ride the bus and then hike your return trip. Please visit a DNC tour desk for details.

It is strongly recommended that you take the hikers' bus to Glacier Point and hike down, rather than parking at Glacier Point and planning to catch the hikers' bus back up.