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.
In 2021, Glacier Point Road will be closed to all traffic because the park service will be doing road construction. The only way to reach Glacier Point in 2021 during road construction will be via three strenuous hikes: Four Mile Trail, Pohono Trail and Panorama Trail.
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’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.
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.