Mt. Starr King from Glacier Point RoadView All Sizes
Yosemite Falls from Glacier PointView All Sizes
JOURNAL : May 18, 2009
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Overhanging Rock at Glacier PointView All Sizes
Years ago on a previous exploration of Yosemite Valley a friend and I woke up at a chilly hour of the morning and hiked up Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point. As we ascended from the valley floor the most amazing views opened up at each turn of the trail.
This time around I zoomed up Glacier Point Road on a crotch rocket and scenic vistas opened up at each turn of the road.
Each ascent had its merits and if I had to choose a route to Glacier Point I would pick both.
Mt. Starr KingView All Sizes
On Glacier Point Road
A couple of points of interest are worth noting besides the grand finale. On the way up a break in the trees reveals a wide panoramic view of Mt. Starr King and the surrounding countryside (pictured at top). Another mile is a big curve in the road with a parking lot and excellent views of Little Yosemite Valley and Nevada Falls. Glacier Point offers an incredible 270° view of Yosemite Valley. It's truly breathtaking.
Jennifer at Glacier Point
Curry Village and the Valley FloorView All Sizes
Bike Packed Up
Having moseyed down from Hodgdon Meadow Campground and spent another day in Yosemite Valley this was the terminus of our excursion. In the parking lot at Glacier Point we unpacked the van and I secured the motorcycle snugly inside.
On the way down to the 41 we chatted it up with a couple of hitchhikers before heading our separate ways.
Half Dome from Glacier PointView All Sizes
Seen here in profile, iconic Half Dome doesn't have the same impact as seen from the valley floor. Granted, it's still a grand chunk of granite, but looks strangely narrow.
From here, ascending the dome looks very steep, but the approach is on the other side. And yes, on one of these visits to Yosemite we will have to do that hike!
On the Rocks at Glacier Point
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May 18, 2009
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