Glacier Point

Glacier Point is a viewpoint above Yosemite Valley, in California, USA. It is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of Шаблон:Convert, Шаблон:Convert above Curry Village. The point offers a superb view of Yosemite National Park's Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Clouds Rest.

Geology

The extreme point of the promontory of Glacier Point is wholly bare, but on the slopes below, in the hollow to the west, and on the wooded slope above, glacial material is abundant. Its glacial origin is definitely proved by the presence in it of rocks derived from Little Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra

There are three types of glacially-deposited rock at Glacier Point:

  1. Most plentiful are rounded boulders and cobbles and angular fragments, all deeply weathered, of Half Dome quartz monzonite, the light-colored granite of which not only Half Dome, but all of the Little Yosemite and its surrounding heights are composed.
  2. There are also a few boulders of a coarse-grained, highly siliceous granite, light buff in general tone when fresh but vivid rose when weathered. There is only one place in the High Sierra above the Yosemite from which they can be derived: Mount Clark, the sharp-profiled peak which stands on the east side of the Illilouette Basin, Шаблон:Convert from Glacier Point.
  3. Finally, there are fragments of yellowish quartzite and gray schist whose places of origin have been located on the long northern spur of Mount Clark.

Access

Glacier Point can be reached from the Valley via Glacier Point Road. During the summer, Glacier Point is often crowded with tourists. Tours by bus are also available and take about four hours. The road is usually open from June through October. In winter, Glacier Point Road closes due to snow, and access to Glacier Point from the Badger Pass Ski Area is only by ski or snowshoe.

Glacier Point can also be reached via the Four Mile Trail, which ascends the Шаблон:Convert in Шаблон:Convert. This moderate to strenuous trail can provide access to Glacier Point when the Glacier Point Road is closed. Note, however, that the trail can be extremely hazardous when covered with snow or ice, so is usually closed by the Park Service from December through May. Another Шаблон:Convert trail runs from Glacier Point down to the Valley, via the Panorama Trail, past Nevada and Vernal Falls.

Hikers may also access trailheads to the Panorama trail and the Pohono trail. Шаблон:Clear left

See also

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Mohan Garadi
23 September 2014
The best place in yosemite park..dont miss this and its the best at sunset time...fabulous place for star gazing in the night and camping as well
WEI WEI
10 June 2016
About 45 mins to drive up here from the highway. You can also take a bus from Visitor Center to here for 30(?) bucks, which is a convenient way to do some one-way hikes such as Panorama trail.
Cathrine Johansen
7 November 2016
It's such a beautiful view point! You have great view to Half Dome and. Parking can be tricky during the busiest seasons. A LOT of bees when we were here in September, annoying!
Steve Lavington
23 September 2014
Astonishing views of the Yosemite valley- well worth the detour (probably about 45 mins round trip from highway 41)
Justin Sullivan
14 May 2016
From Yosemite falls to your left to Half Dome and Nevada Falls on the right, a spring trip to Glacier Point on the spring weekend the road opened did not disappoint.
Pettran
20 September 2015
Very touristic (you can go by car all the way up) but cool anyway, and well worth the trip.
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