Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Glacier Point

Hiked: 7/6/2016
Distance: Drive up
Summit Elevation: 7214'
Elevation Gain: 0'
Elevation Gain (in Empire State Buildings): 0
Round trip time: N/A
Recommended water: N/A
Parking/Fees: $30 National parks fee (7 day pass for one car)
Difficulty: Easy

Glacier Point is a popular location in Yosemite National Park for viewing most of the landmarks in Yosemite Valley. The day before our planned Half Dome hike attempt, we drove up to Glacier Point to look around. There are trails to make you earn the view, but we took the easy way up. Like many people, we were shocked and awed at our first glimpse of Half Dome. My wife immediately wondered what the hell I had gotten her into, and for a fleeting moment, so did I. After walking around a little, we noticed Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall and could visualize our planned route on the Mist Trail. There is a lot to see.

Half Dome and the northeast section of Yosemite Valley

Half Dome with Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall visible lower right

Close up of Nevada Fall

Looking west toward Yosemite Falls


  1. Awesome views. Did you guys get up to Tuolumne Meadows? The hike out to Cathedral Lakes from there is super nice. You'd prolly want to scale Cathedral Peak, Lol.

    1. Madison,

      We didn't get to Tuolumne Meadows. It was our first trip to Yosemite. We drove up to hike Half Dome, then went home. I'll add Cathedral Lakes to the list that never seems to get smaller.