Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, USA about 1892

Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California, USA about 1892

GLACIER POINT, YOSEMITE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA — If possible, all visitors to the Yosemite should make an excursion around it on the outside of the valley itself. Such a tour can now be safely accomplished on horseback over beaten trails, and the circuit of the Yosemite can thus be made in a few days, the memory of which will be well worth a year of ordinary existence. Even those who cannot make the entire excursion, should at least ride out on the “McCauley trail” a few miles, as far as “Glacier Point,” which is a stupendous, perpendicular mountain of solid rock more than 3,000 feet in height. The view from this is indescribably sublime, and is unequaled in this region, unless possibly by the famous prospect from “Inspiration Point” on the Mariposa trail. From Glacier Point one looks down such precipitous walls of granite that the brain reels and the heart falters at the sight of this tremendous gulf, 3,200 feet in depth. The bottom of the valley, which is one vast flower-garden, looks like a long and narrow Persian rug of varied hues, on which occasional structures, even when viewed through a field-glass, seem like dice upon a checker-board, while trees of several centuries’ growth appear at that distance no larger than tacks. Directly opposite, along the front of a gigantic mountain a mile and a half away, the glorious Yosemite Fall comes plunging downward for 2,600 feet, in three prodigious leaps, of which the first alone clears 1500 feet! No falls in the world, not even in Norway, equal this in height and grandeur, and the solemn and eternal roar of its descending waters seems to the lonely tourist on Glacier Point like some unearthly, awe-inspiring symphony, descriptive of the Worship of Humanity on one of the grandest altars of God’s Universe. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)

Glacier Point is a viewpoint above Yosemite Valley, in California, USA. It is located on the south wall of Yosemite Valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet (2,199 m), 3,200 feet (980 m) above Curry Village. The point offers a superb view of Yosemite National Park’s Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Clouds Rest. (from Wikipedia)


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