- By kevin
- On Apr 26, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
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Places worth you visit in Yosemite:
Glacier Point is considered one of the best and most comprehensive lookouts in Yosemite. Visitors regularly describe Glacier Point's sweeping, panoramic vistas as "breathtaking," calling it a truly can't-miss spot in the park. From Glacier's vantage point, visitors are treated to panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, as well as landmarks like Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. Unlike many lookout points in Yosemite, Glacier Point is accessible via roadway, allowing drivers to forego a difficult climb. This is particularly fortunate if you're traveling with young children who would otherwise be unable to enjoy a scenic, high-altitude view of the Yosemite Valley.
Because this is such an accessible attraction, as well as one of Yosemite's most popular, recent travelers urge visiting during off-peak hours if you have a car. Otherwise, there's a big chance you won't find parking. If you visit during peak hours, which are between 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from mid-May to September, you may be directed by park rangers to park elsewhere and take a shuttle from Badger Pass to Glacier Point. To avoid the chaos, wake up early, or as some travelers suggest, visit in the evening for an unforgettable sunset.
If you'd prefer to leave your car behind, you can reach Glacier Point via the Glacier Point Tour. It's important to know that the NPS shuttle does not offer transportation to Glacier Point. The Glacier Point Tour is the only option between Yosemite Yalley and Glacier Point if you aren't driving. The tour bus leaves from Yosemite Lodge and costs $54 round-trip and $27 one-way. Many visitors choose to take the Glacier Point Tour bus to the top of the peak then hike their way back down one of the many trails available. For more information on hiking from Glacier Point, visit Yosemite National Park's website. Glacier Point Road is open from May to October or November (depending on conditions) and during the winter months, it transforms into a popular cross-country ski spot as part of the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area.
Hiking Yosemite's Half Dome Cables Route has been described as unforgettable and even life-changing by travelers. But this expedition is not for the faint of heart. The trail is about 14 to 16 miles long and features elevation gains totaling 4,800 feet (for reference, the elevation gain on the Mist Trail is between 1,000 and 2,000 feet, depending on which waterfall you visit). On this hike, the challenge begins immediately with a steep ascent up the Mist Trail, which serves as a good litmus test to see if you're in adequate condition for the remaining journey. The hike then continues to the top of Nevada Fall, followed by a long, flat section through Yosemite Valley. When you finally reach the base of the dome, a steep rocky climb finally takes you to the Half Dome Cables, a vertical, exposed rock face scalable by two steel cables.
If you're afraid of heights or are not in excellent physical condition, don't ascend the cables. You can still enjoy many of the dome's tamer sections, such as the trip to Nevada Fall. If you are going to try the entire hike, you'll need to allot at least 12 hours. The National Park Service recommends you leave just before or at dawn, and advises you to bring all necessary hiking equipment, including durable hiking boots, a flashlight and good grip gloves for the cables. You'll also need at least a gallon of water, and don't rely on park facilities for hydration or a bathroom break (the NPS suggests bringing your own toilet paper).
Recent travelers said this hike is a very strenuous but an incredibly rewarding journey. Hikers who have completed the trek echo NPS advisories: bring plenty of water, boots with great traction (the granite going up the cables are slippery) and gloves for the cables (those who didn't reported their hands burning after the climb). It's also suggested to bring plenty of food and snacks, as travelers said you will be hiking for a very, very long time. Some even recommended, if you can, training for the hike ahead of time to prepare for Half Dome's tough elevation gains. Half Dome becomes incredibly dangerous to climb when rain, and especially thunderstorms, are in the forecast. If either of those start to occur during your hike, the NPS strongly advises hikers to turn around and leave the area. It's also important to know that the summit can be between 15 to 20 degrees colder than Yosemite Valley, and at times windy, so bring a jacket or windbreaker for the top.
Half Dome is generally accessible from late May to October. A permit is required if you wish to hike to the top of Half Dome and a maximum of 300 hikers are allowed each day. Permits are distributed by an NPS lottery; there is a preseason lottery and a daily lottery, and you can find more information about the lottery drawings and requirements on the NPS website (some fees apply). If you aren't driving, you can take the shuttle to Happy Isles, stop Np. 16, which is three-quarters of a mile from the Mist Trail trailhead. The application fee for the permit costs $10; if you are selected you are required to pay an additional $10.