After a great hike to Vernal and Nevada fall along the Mist Trail it was time to check out Glacier Point. As you drive up to Glacier Point you definitely want to stop at the Tunnel View that is not far from Yosemite Valley. I almost missed it as I was looking ahead all excited about driving through a tunnel. I love tunnels!
As you’re making your way up to Glacier Point you pass Badger Ski area which is how far you can go in the winter. The rest of the road to Glacier Point is closed November through May. According to park information you can cross country ski the remaining 10 miles to enjoy the view. Having driven that road I would prefer to be on back-country ski’s so I can skin up and ski down. It’s quite steep both ways. Coming down that road on skinny cross country ski’s would be quite the trip.
I had no idea that watching the sunset at Glacier Point would draw a lot of people. I just figured it would be a great place to see it. It’s spectacular but I learned that the sun sets behind you but it does make for a dramatic view of the Half Dome. It was quite cloudy but I can only imagine how the Half Dome glows on a clear day as the sun sets. I’m thinking Glacier Point could be a dramatic place for sunrises too. Guess I need to go back! There’s plenty of space to enjoy at the lookout but this is not a place of solitude during the busy months.
The drive up to Glacier Point has some incredible vistas but it’s not until you get to the lookout that you truly understand the vast wilderness and beauty that lays in front of you. Looking down into the Yosemite Valley adds to the dramatic effects. I’m so grateful that this is protected land. We need to preserve this for future generations for so many reasons.
I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Sometimes a picture truly is worth a thousand words.
It’s hard to pick a favorite area for Yosemite but since my heart melts for true wilderness I must say that Glacier Point spoke to me. You feel so little and insignificant standing up there looking out. It’s a place that reminds you about the power of nature.
After a fantastic day in the park I found a place to camp. The next morning I wanted to rise with the sun and see more of Yosemite Valley before starting my trek to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.