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Groomed trail
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Distance
21.00 mi (33.80 km)
Warming hut
Yes
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

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.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Trailhead Elevation

7,267.06 ft (2,215.00 m)

Net Elevation Gain

1,817.59 ft (554.00 m)

Features

Snowshoeing
Big vistas
Warming hut

Trail type

There-and-back

Typically multi-day

No

Location

Field Guide + Map

Comments

02/10/2018
spring condition during winter
03/11/2017
We backpacked up on cross-country and AT skis and camped at the top under the full moon. Surprisingly warm days in early March. Shorts and short sleeves all the way up and down. Highs in the 60s, lows in the 30s. Skins I brought for my AT skis weren't needed due to the warm soft snow. Perfect conditions for cross-country skiing up with 35-40 pound packs.

Overnight permits are free and must be picked up from the A-Frame ranger station at the Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area. Camping up top is pretty wide open as long as you stay away from the Ski Hut. No fires allowed. Ask rangers for map of where to camp.
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