Thursday, July 14, 2011

Taking a Roadtrip (or Hiking) to the Top of Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

This photo, seemingly depicting the end point of a Roadtrip, gives an acrophobe, such as myself, a case of wobbly knees.

The picture is a publicity shot of a Studebaker Roadster, taken in 1916, with the roadster and those onboard on top of Overhanging Rock on Yosemite's Glacier Point.

Glacier Point is a popular viewpoint high above the Yosemite Valley, located on the south side of the valley. The high point of Glacier Point is at an elevation of 7,214 feet, which puts it 3,200 above Curry Village and the Yosemite Valley floor.

Among the Yosemite National Park scenic highlights you will see from the panoramic Glacier Point viewpoint are Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Yosemite Falls, Clouds Rest and Nevada Falls, with the High Sierra in the distance.

You can reach Glacier Point from the Yosemite Valley floor via Glacier Point Road, during the period of the year when it is open. In summer the Glacier Point Road, and the Point itself, can be a bit overcrowded with tourists.

In addition to Glacier Point Road you can reach Glacier Point on Four Mile Trail, ascending 3,200 feet in 4.6 miles, making this a somewhat strenuous hike.

You can take a 4 hour bus tour to Glacier Point. You can opt to take the bus one-way and hike back to the valley floor. The bus tours run from late Spring til early Fall, departing at 8:30am, 10am and 1:30pm. You can secure a reservation, once you are in the park, at any Tour & Activity Desk or by calling x1240 from any house phone. To make reservations before arriving at Yosemite, call (209) 372-4386.

The Glacier Point Bus Tour Costs (circa 2011) ---

 Round-trip  One-way
 Adults  $41  $25
 Seniors  $35  $23
 Child  $23  $15
 Child under 5  FREE  FREE

I don't believe the final stop on the bus tour is the same final stop the Studebaker Roadster made in 1916.

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