Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski

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  • Winter view of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View Scenic Overlook.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • The Glacier Point Trailhead can be found in northeast corner of the Badger Pass Ski Area parking lot.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • The first couple of miles can often be crowded with snowshoers and cross-country skiers on shorter loops from Badger Pass Ski Area. - Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Beyond the first couple of miles the route clears significantly. - Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Views from Glacier Point Road reach out to the Clark Ridge and beyond. - Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Sunlight filtering through the trees on Glacier Point Road.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Empty Glacier Point Road.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • The cut-off to Sentinel Dome follows a fire road that departs from Glacier Point Road at the top of the switchbacks leading down to Glacier Point.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • The view from Sentinel Dome extends to El Capitan and western Yosemite Valley.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Looking out over the Yosemite wilderness.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • View of Half Dome from Washburn Point.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Skiing down the famous Glacier Point Road switchbacks with a full view of Half Dome.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • The Glacier Point Ski Hut can feed and house up to 20 skiers or snowshoers per night. - Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • View of Half Dome and Tenaya Canyon from Glacier Point.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Peaking over the edge toward Curry Village, Yosemite Village and the Ahwahnee Hotel.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Half Dome, the star of the show. - Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Morning views don't get much better than camping at Glacier Point.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Headlamps optional when camping under the full moon. Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
  • Cross-country ski tracks are available on both sides for about 80% of Glacier Point Road.- Glacier Point Cross-Country Ski
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Stunning views. No crowds. Glacier Point Ski Hut.
Cons: 
Views mainly toward the end. Big mileage to do in one day. Hut reservations can be difficult to get.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
21.00 mi (33.80 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
7,267 ft (2,215 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,818 ft (554 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trail condition: 
Groomed
Trail Uses: 
Snowshoeing
X-Country Skiing
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Undoubtedly stunning year round, the vistas from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park only grow in stature with a fresh coat of snow and the knowledge that you have the place entirely to yourself. During the winter months the National Park Service closes down Glacier Point Road beyond Badger Pass to automobiles, but the route stays open for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The result is 10.5 miles of groomed trails leading out to one of the nation’s most famous lookout points.

The straightforward, there-and-back trip can be accomplished in one day by the hearty, though many choose a two-day itinerary for a more leisurely pace. Bathrooms are kept open along the road, and expansive views across Mono Meadow reach out to Buena Vista Crest and the Clark Range. Worthwhile side trips can also be taken out to Dewey Point, Taft Point, and Sentinel Dome.

For those interested in spending the night out at Glacier Point, the Glacier Point Ski Hut offers hot meals (dinner, breakfast and a lunch to pack out), a comfortable area to relax around a wood stove, indoor lavatory facilities, and a bunk area that sleeps up to 20 skiers dormitory style (in one big room). The current price per person per night is $138. More information can be found online. Snow camping options also abound the area. Be sure to check in at the Badger Pass Ranger Station before heading out. 

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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