The tour to Glacier Point, probably the best view point in the whole Yosemite Valley, is situated on the south side, at 7215 ft in altitude.
The journey up leads on a winding road through dense forests with little clearings and meadows. This demanding route, which is characterised by a constant ascent finally rewards one with a perfect view.
We start at the western access to the park and follow the US 120 until the junction at Big Oak Road, which offers us a break after the first ascent and a breathtaking view while cycling on a sharp descent. At the Yosemite Valley Junction, the 16 mile long access road diverges eastwards to the Glacier Point Road, and meanders continuously onto the wooded rock.
From the valley to Glacier Point, we now gain almost 3230 ft in altitude between fragant pines and ancient giant red woods, which can easily be recognised by their orange-coloured bark. The forest reveals glimpses of the terrain below us and of the incredible panorama. The first view point overlooking the valley we reach is Washburn Point. Only about half a mile after that comes Glacier Point at the end of the road. Here, a wide observation deck enables a breath taking panorama of the Half Dome.
Enjoy the end of the tour while taking in the view of the Nevada and Vernal Falls and the valley floor, 3891 ft below with the Merced River and the tiny-looking Yosemite Village.
Distance: approx. 66 km
Length: 100 Minutes
- DVD-Video (PAL oder NTSC)
- Blu-ray Video
- Full-HD PC Real Life Video
< Trailer >
|Indoor Cycling Video: