Groomed trail
Elevation Gain
21.00 mi (33.80 km)
Warming hut
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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)




Parking Pass

National Park Pass


Stunning views. No crowds. Glacier Point Ski Hut.


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)


Big vistas
Warming hut

Trail type


Typically multi-day



Field Guide + Map


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