0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Glacier Point is a popular stop for many new visitors to Yosemite National Park on their way down to Yosemite Valley. Although it’s not much of a hike, the view at the end of the paved walkway will leave you breathless. You will see (left to right) both Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley below, Clouds Rest, Half Dome standing proud, and even Vernal and Nevada Falls. What more could you ask for?
If you are up for some more serious hiking, the 4-mile trail to Yosemite Valley starts halfway between the parking lot and Glacier Point. The hike is about 4 miles (go figure) and is all downhill (but could be tough on the knees).
In Winter to road to Glacier Point is closer to cars, but strap on a pair of cross country skis or snowshoes and you should be good to go. If you want to stay overnight, reserve a spot in the Glacier Point Ski Hut where there are bunk beds (dormitory style), a wood fire, food, and good company.
If you entered from the South Entrance, turn right onto Glacier Point Road from Highway 41. It is about 15 miles until you reach Glacier Point. If you entered from the West Entrance (or were in Yosemite Valley) follow Highway 41 toward Wawona and Mariopsa Grove, and turn left at Glacier Point Road.