Thursday, May 1, 2008

Glacier Point Road Tentatively Scheduled to Open Tomorrow

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park is tentatively scheduled to open on Friday, May 2nd. The road leads to the popular Glacier Point, a spanning vista of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the High Sierra.

In addition to being able to drive and make the short walk to the overlook, those up for some hiking would enjoy the two trails leading to Glacier Point from the Valley floor.

The first of these trails is the Four Mile Trail, a strenuous 9.6 mile round-trip hike. Leaving from the trailhead on Southside Drive, the trail begins near the base of Sentinel Rock and gains 3,200 feet to take you to Glacier Point. Hiking along the trail gives way to sweeping vistas of Yosemite Valley.

The Panorama Trail is another, longer option. At 8.5 miles one-way, it begins at Happy Isles and initially follows along the popular Mist Trail with views of Vernal and Nevada Fall. The trail eventually skirts the Panorama Cliff and crosses Illilouette Fall before ending at Glacier Point.

During the summer months, a bus ticket can be purchased to take visitors to the top of Glacier Point, allowing hikers to hike one-way back to the Valley floor on either of these trails.

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