"The Alpenglow" Glacier Point Tip by PA2AKgirl

Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park: 47 reviews and 94 photos

by PA2AKgirl

Sunset at Glacier Point is incredible. Take a look at the picture and you'll see why...the sun still shines on Half Dome when the rest of the Valley is shadowed. This isn't even a great picture--sometimes Half Dome turns bright red. Lots of people come up here for the sunset, but it's a fun gathering. It's not like you won't be able to see it and you are all there for the same reason. There's usually a Ranger (named Dick Ewert, I believe) up there who talks and answers questions, usually because they are coming off of an afternoon/evening program. There are nice trails up at Glacier Point as well.
The drive up is a little frightening. It twists and turns and puts you face to face with a dropoff you rather not see.It's really a sheer drop of about 3200 feet.
Like the other roads in Yosemite, there are turnouts, so if you are feeling pressured by a car coming up behind you, you're able (and supposed) to pull off the road to allow that driver to pass.

Address: Yosemite National Park
Directions: Glacier Point. From the Valley, head toward Wawona to the turn off for Glacier Point (this is Glacier Point Road)
Phone: +1 888-413-8869
Website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 7, 2004
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