Backpack Glacier Point in the Winter

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Distance

10 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Christopher Grant

Icy granite cliffs, a snow capped half dome, and the best view of Yosemite Valley. Winter backpacking has never been easier.

Backpacking in the winter can be difficult. It's miserable if you don't have the right gear, and trekking in the snow is like hiking in sand that sinks up past your ankles. But you gotta do it, because you just can't wait until summer to get those high sierra vibes.

Glacier point is an absolute must do winter trip. Forget about plowing through four feet of snow for 10 miles, the entire trail is groomed! And better yet, if you have an extra couple hundred dollars on you, stay at the glacier point ski hut and have a gourmet meal, warm feet, and a cozy bed! Just walk a couple hundred feet and you have the best view of half dome in all of Yosemite. It really doesn't get much better. But if you're not willing to dish out the cash to stay in the ski hut, don't worry! The best way to experience glacier point is by camping on the point. This is technically not allowed for safety reasons, but c'mon, it's freaking beautiful. DO IT. Just be careful - ice and 2000 foot cliffs don't really mix too well together.

Glacier point is a sight to see in the summer, but in the winter it's even more incredible. It's not nearly as crowded and the snow capped half dome and icy granite walls are something else. So, get out of the valley and see Yosemite in a way that will actually take your breath away.

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Skiing
Snowshoeing
Backpacking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping

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