Photograph Yosemite's Half Dome at Glacier Point

Glacier Point Parking Area, Mariposa County, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

Glacier Point gives you a classic panoramic view of Yosemite Valley and Half Dome.  You can access Glacier Point via Glacier Point Road which opens in mid to late April and is subject to close depending on weather.  The trail head is just a short walk from the parking lot.

Glacier Point gives you a classic view of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.  You can get a different perspective of Half Dome if you jump on any of the trails heading out of Glacier Point. Illilouette Falls trail gives you a different view of Half Dome.  This trail is around 4-5 miles round trip from the Glacier Point parking lot.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Lens filters
  • Tripod
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks
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This place is classic. There really isn't a way to describe how incredible this spot is. There is a parking lot and a store here for good reason. Definitely try to see this place when there is a clearing storm! The clouds are unreal!

8 months ago
8 months ago

Love going up to Glacier Point to star gaze. And having my best friend, Dakota, give his Star Program up there is always the icing on the cake. (Go to his program sometime while you're in the Valley, he rocks!)

12 months ago
12 months ago

This is definitely one of the iconic views of Yosemite. If you're here on a winter weekday you'll likely have it yourself or just with a few others, despite the 12-mile xc trip the weekends are still busy.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Got to Glacier Point at 5 AM in September and there was no one around. Watched the sun come up over the iconic Sierra with just my sister and a few quiet deer. My recommendation? See it from Glacier Point, then climb it from Little Yosemite Valley. Just catching a glimpse from the parking lot won't do this landscape justice.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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