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Glacier Point Road winter trails

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Map of winter trails in the Glacier Point area in Yosemite National Park (NP) with trail descriptions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Glacier Point Road Yosemite National Park SOME TRAIL OPTIONS Glacier Point Road: Because ski tracks are set by machine, this is the best trail for beginners or those wanting an easier ski. A skating lane is also provided. Go out as far as you like (Glacier Point itself is 10.5 miles, 16.9 km, one way), but remember, on the return trip the last few miles are uphill. Spectacular vistas of the Clark Range and large meadows for lunch stops make this trip even more enjoyable. Glacier Point Road Winter Trails Yosemite National Park Old Glacier Point Road (3.3 mi., 5.3 km, one way to Bridalveil Creek Campground): This trail follows the old road, traveling uphill approximately 1/3 mile (.5 km), then dropping down into the Bridalveil/ Peregoy Meadow area. Although the grade is not extremely steep, it can be a challenging run in icy conditions. Connect with the “new” Glacier Point Road for a nice 6-mile (9.7 km) round trip. Dewey Point via Meadows #18 (3.5 mi., 5.6 km, one way from Badger): Follow the Glacier Point Road to the east end of Summit Meadow to start this trail. The trail winds through a series of meadows, continues on to some more difficult hills, and ends at a popular vista of Yosemite Valley. This trail is crowded on weekends and holidays, and can present quite difficult skiing in old snow or icy conditions. Not recommended for beginners after the first mile through the meadows. Dewey Point via Ridge #14 (4 mi., 6.4 km, one way from Badger): This trail starts off the Glacier Point Road to the west of Summit Meadow. This is a more challenging and difficult trail out to the valley vista mentioned above. It takes skiers along a winding up-anddown course among red fir and lodgepole pine forests. Ostrander Lake (9 -10.3 mi., 14.5 -16.6 km, one way): Nestled in a bowl below Horse Ridge at 8,600 feet (2,621 m) elevation, Ostrander Lake is a popular overnight destination (see “Facilities” section). Of the three main trails to the lake, Bridalveil Creek is the easiest (intermediate). Merced Crest is the hardest and very difficult to follow (expert skiers only!). Reservations are recommended for Ostrander Ski Hut and a wilderness permit is required. Ghost Forest Loop (11.5 mi., 18.5 km, round trip from Badger): Follow the Glacier Point Road to the Bridalveil Creek/Ostrander Lake trailhead (#21). Follow trail #21 across rolling terrain to the junction with the Ghost Forest Trail #19 (1.7 miles, 2.7 km). Two more miles of moderate skiing on trail #19 will bring you back to Bridalveil Campground, where you can take either the old or new Glacier Point Road back to Badger Pass. Trail Rating Legend: Easiest More difficult Most difficult Skiers and snowshoers, please make and maintain separate, parallel trails. If you are walking, please stay off the ski trails. Footsteps create holes in the snow, which can make skiing difficult and create hazards. 50¢ BEFORE YOU START Glacier Point Road Yosemite National Park Ski or snowshoe touring in Yosemite can be a magnificent experience, or it can be a disaster if certain simple preparations are ignored. Park rangers have assembled a set of suggestions which, when observed, can help ensure a safe trip even if you encounter stormy weather or unforeseen problems. KNOW THE RULES Plan your trip sensibly, keeping in mind your experience and physical condition. Remember that winter days are short and you may not be able to travel as far as you expect. Before you leave on a trip, let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll return. Keep track of others in your party. Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Unless you’re an expert with map and compass, stay on trails, which are indicated by markers on trees. Consider carrying a GPS unit, if you know how to use one. Get a weather forecast (209/372-0200)—then be prepared for the unexpected. Even on short trips, carry proper gear and food for an unplanned bivouac. Always carry and drink plenty of water. If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Clothing and equipment suggestions: Wear wool, fleece, or polypropylene—a wool or synthetic hat is essential. These fabrics retain some warmth even when wet. Pack a waterproof jacket. Carry quickenergy food, water, waterproof matches, a flashlight, and protection from the sun. If you become lost or must bivouac unexpectedly, THINK! Stop early to prepare for the night. Don’t thrash around or panic; save your energy. Build a fire, if possible. Avoid wind and insulate your body from snow. Drink warm liquids, if possible; eat often and huddle together. Stay dry! Keep an eye on members of your party. Hypothermia can be recognized by unusually slow movements, unintelligible speech, and peculiar behavior. If a member of your party appears hypothermic, take quick action to keep him or her as warm as possible. If you have informed someone of your expected return and are overdue, remember that help probably is on the way. Maintain the attitude that you can and will survive. If someone in your party needs ranger assistance and you can safely ski out, go to the Badger Pass Ranger Station. At night, call 911 for emergency assistance from the telephone at the ski lodge. Certain National Park Service regulations must be observed by winter backcountry users; these protect the park as well as visitors. • For all overnight trips obtain a wilderness permit at Badger Pass ranger station. Self-registration is available when rangers are not available. • Camp at least 1½ miles from Badger Pass. • Camp no closer than 100 feet (30.5 m) to lakes, streams, and trails. • To dispose of human waste, dig through snow and six inches into soil. • Pack out all garbage, including toilet paper. • Cutting tree limbs or pine boughs for shelter is not permitted. • No pets permitted beyond plowed roads. • No motorized vehicles are permitted. • Skiers and snowshoers should make and maintain separate tracks. • If skiing off trails in the Glacier Point area, be alert for power lines. • No camping is permitted at Summit Meadow or the overlooks at Dewey and Glacier Points. GETTING INTO FOCUS Change is the way of nature. If you visit this area more than once or twice, you’ll encounter changes in the landscape and learn to recognize their subtleties. On one visit, you may find the red firs clothed in pale blue frost, wind-driven snow plastered to the ruddy trunks. Another time, they may glow a sun-lit green, chartreuse lichens clinging to each limb. Should you ski through the haunted ghost forest of dead lodgepole pines, they may seem even more ghostly when silhouetted against the silent white of a building storm. On another day your reward may be vistas of white Sierra peaks, brilliant under the bluest of skies. FACILITIES Toilet facilities are located at Summit Meadow, Bridalveil Creek Trailhead, Sentinel Dome parking area, Glacier Point, and Ostrander Lake. Bunks are available for overnight use at the Ostrander Lake Ski Hut, and reservations are recommended. You can reserve a spot by writing or calling Yosemite Conservancy, P.O. Box 230, El Portal, CA 95318, 209/372-0740. The $20.00 charge per person, per night must be paid in advance. 265 267 269 270 271 272 273 8000 ge tte Rid ida ek 4175 re 8000 17 #14 Dewey Point Ridge #18 Dewey Point Meadow 4174 7000 IE INT Clark Range View R O AD 8000 Rail Creek TO YOSEMITE WEST HENNESS RIDGE LOOKOUT #13 Limit 13 15 Westfall Meadows Snowshoe Trail #15 Horizon Ridge 23 Horizon Ridge #19 Ghost Forest 00 80 16 4169 21 19 Tempo Dome #7 Chinquapin 00 80 4171 7 CHINQUAPIN INTERSECTION Bridalveil Creek Campground (closed) 4170 Indian Creek GL BADGER PASS SKI AREA Strawberry Creek 21 16 80 00 4168 7000 Cr ee Ostrander Lake Ski Hut 261 262 p ho 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 Ostrander 9000 Lake 273 274 275 276 4167 6000 k 260000mE 3 Plowed road Structure Groomed track/ski trail Telephone Marked ski trail (ungroomed) Restroom Trail numbers (keyed to trailhead markers) Downhill direction Contour interval = 100 feet (30.5 m) Ski Trail Rating:* Easiest difficult More difficult Most Skiers and snowshoers, please make and maintain separate, parallel trails. DISTANCES FROM BADGER (ONE WAY) Glacier Point Road: Summit Meadow ......................................1.0 miles .............. 1.6 km Bridalveil Campground..............................2.8 miles .............. 4.5 km Bridalveil Creek .........................................3.3 miles .............. 5.3 km Ostrander Trailheads ...........................4.1-4.5 miles ........6.6-7.2 km Clark Range View .....................................5.7 miles .............. 9.2 km Sentinel Dome ..........................................9.2 miles ............ 14.8 km Glacier Point ...........................................10.5 miles ............ 16.9 km Dewey Point: via No.18 Meadow Trail ............................3.5 miles .............. 5.6 km via No.14 Ridge Trail .................................4.0 miles .............. 6.4 km Ostrander Lake: No.15 Horizon Ridge.................................9.0 miles ............ 14.5 km No.16 Merced Crest ..................................9.7 miles ............ 15.6 km No.19/21 Bridalveil Creek........................10.3 miles ............ 16.6 km This project made possible through a gift from the Jeangerard Foundation. Printed on recycled paper. © 2006. 16 Bis 4167 00 40 TO WAWONA SOUTH ENTRANCE STATION 2 Snowshoe Trail (round trip) .......................3.0 miles .............. 4.8 km #16 Merced Crest #21 Bridalveil Creek 5000 1 Register at Badger Pass Ranger Station for overnight trips; 4169 BADGER PASS RANGER STATION 0.5 4168 OLD MILES 0 Peregoy Meadow 700 0 AC R PO 2 *Trail ratings are based upon ideal snow conditions and may change radically due to changes in weather or snow conditions. 4173 6000 4173 4172 4171 00 50 4170 McGurk Meadows Summit Meadow 7000 70 00 1 Magnetic North Ostrander Rocks 14 18 True North 4172 4174 Grouse Creek 0.5 6 Illiloue lve il C 0 KILOMETERS 7000 Br HIGHWAY 140 TO MERCED Mileage scale Washburn Point #20 Taft Point Dewey Point ARCH ROCK ENTRANCE STATION GLACIER POINT ROAD WINTER TRAILS 276 00 50 Cathedral Rocks 4176 275 6000 Sentinel Dome 00 50 20 4175 274 Glacier Point YOSEMITE VALLEY WAWONA TUNNEL 4000 268 4000 5000 4177 266 4178000mN 264 4177 263 4176 262 80 00 261 4178000mN 260000mE

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