Distance: .07 miles
My Rating: Easy
Yosemite National Park is one of those must-see places in California. Yosemite offers everyone unique rock formations, lush meadows, and glorious waterfalls to marvel. You do not need to be an experienced hiker to gaze over Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Sentinel Dome, and Yosemite Falls. You do need $30 to enter Yosemite (June 2017) to see Glacier Point.
Glacier Point can be reached by the Four-Mile Trail (8 miles round-trip). Or you can reach Glacier Point by vehicle on a 30-mile road, which will take you about an hour. If you arrive prior 10 am and after 5 pm, you most likely will find parking. If you arrive between those times, you may have to take the shuttle (more information here). Keep in mind Glacier Point is not open year round (late fall to mid-spring), depending on the snowfall.
BIG TIP: I did not try to go to the bathroom at our campsite with nice, flushable toilets before we left for Glacier Point. Instead, duty called approaching Glacier Point. The bathrooms are beyond nasty and pits of hell. The worst at Yosemite National Park! Flies are swirling around the door and you can smell the bathrooms from 10 feet away! I have a sensitive stomach when it comes to poop and I gagged 459243592x —just like T. Oh yeah, and I threw up! So, go to the bathroom before reaching Glacier Point! Plus, the lines were long.
For us, there was a commanding view of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley. If you’re looking for a close-up view of Half Dome, this is your place! While the 270-degree view was spectacular, it was actually not our favorite hike or viewpoint. Our favorite hikes in Yosemite Valley (with exception to Glacier Road) will be coming out soon! To reach Glacier Point from the parking lot was less than a mile. We were expecting a longer hike. So, we decided to hike branch out trails from Glacier Point. On we trekked from Glacier Point to Sentinel Dome.