Capturing the Grandeur of Half Dome

Glacier Point, Yosemite

Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park is a popular lookout for shooting the park’s most famous granite monolith, Half Dome. This vantage offers the sensation of being on top of the world and makes it easy to visualize how a giant glacier carved out the valley below during the Ice Ages.

Since the mid-1800s, pioneer photographers like Eadward Muybridge and Ansel Adams lugged their heavy, equipment up to this spot to capture the majestic grandeur of California’s landscape. These early images captivated the public’s imagination, helping conservationist, John Muir, persuade Congress to protect this magnificent land from the devastating effects of sheep grazing.

In this modern age, there is no need to scale sheer ledges and cliffs to reach Glacier Point (though adventurers and climbers may still prefer it). Visitors can leisurely snap a shot from their pocket size cameras and mobile phones via the park’s scenic hiking trails or by simply driving and parking in the lot. Though technology may have changed, the view is still just as spectacular.

For more information on Yosemite National Park’s history and trails, visit:

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Lara Dalinsky
Lara Dalinsky

Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.


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  1. Trey
    TreyFebruary 8,17

    Really appreciate you sharing this article. Much obliged.