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Glacier Point

view from glacier point

Situated at an elevation of 7,214 ft (2,199 m) above sea level, Glacier Point is the most majestic location inside Yosemite National Park. Glacier Point is located 3,214 ft (980 m) above the floor of Yosemite Valley and offers a glorious view of the entire Yosemite National Park. The view stretches over the numerous lofty mountain ranges of the Sierra Nevadas, lush meadows around the Merced River, the gorgeous Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, clearly visible Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, the beautiful Yosemite Valley, the steep canyon of Tenaya Creek and Clouds Rest.

Glacier Point can be conveniently reached using two distinct routes. One can take a route from the valley through Glacier Point Road. There are shuttle buses going on this route that take an hour to make the trip. Open from June to October, this route is the most favored one with tourists who flock to this place in summer. Another important trail point is the Four Mile Trail, which is relatively hazardous and is closed to tourists from December to May. Both these routes are widely known for their wilderness as they are densely forested. Much to the delight of trekkers, these routes also contain grassy meadows, small lakes, mountain streams and rocky outcrops.

Glacier Point has a beautiful camping point called the Bridalveil Creek. This camping ground consists of 110 well-separated sites consisting of fire grilles, tables and benches. A creek that slowly runs alongside the camping ground joins up with the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.

 
 
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