Hike and stay at Glacier Point Hut

Yosemite just announced that non-skiers can stay at the Glacier Point Ski Hut. Usually it’s the gift shop. During the winter it’s open to skiers and snowshoers who get there fromBadger Pass…But the no snow conditions mean hikers can try it out. It’s about 10 miles down from Badger…but you can drive there now.  Saturdays in January. NEAT.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: “On this day in 1867, absolutely nothing happened.”  

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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10 Responses to Hike and stay at Glacier Point Hut

  1. Eii Lyppita says:

    Staying in the hut is nice, yesz.

  2. Sönke says:

    Check out Rick’s Facebook site where I posted interim permit program news release (the full release here awaits moderation as it contains multiple limks).

  3. Sönke says:


    Yosemite News Release
    January 13, 2012
    For Immediate Release

    Media Contacts:
    Scott Gediman 209-372-0248
    Kari Cobb 209-372-0529

    Yosemite National Park Announces Extension of
    Interim Permit Program for the Half Dome Cables
    Program Extended for the 2012 Hiking Season

    Yosemite National Park will require Day Use Permits seven days per week for climbing the Half Dome cables during the summer 2012 season.  This is an extension of the interim permit system that was implemented beginning in 2010.  Permits will be required seven days per week to ascend the Half Dome cables.  This is part of an interim program designed to address crowding and safety issues on the cables.

    Hiking to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park.  The iconic granite monolith, at 8,842   feet above sea level, attracts people from all over the world who attempt to climb to the summit.  Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are typically in place from mid-May through mid-October.  Most visitors begin and end their hike at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley.  This is an approximately 14-mile round-trip journey. 

    Applications for permits are available from March 1 through March 31.   The park will allocate permits through a preseason lottery, a two-day in advance lottery, and as part of the Wilderness Permit process.  Details regarding the lotteries and the wilderness process can be found at the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyo.....ermits.htm .  The lottery will be conducted through http://www.recreation.gov

    The park is expecting to release the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Environmental Assessment (EA) later this winter.  This document will address use on the trail and the cables and provide alternatives on a permanent management plan for the Half Dome cables.  The park strongly encourages public comment on the plan during the formal comment period.
    Yosemite National Park will provide more detailed information regarding the Day Use Permit lotteries and other pertinent information about the Half Dome Trail soon. (K. Cobb – 1/13)

  4. Paul Felicitas says:

    Is it likely Tioga Road will basically be open all Winter?

    • Maureen L says:

      We Californians certainly hope not, for the sake of our water needs as well as the biosphere’s.

      Rain forecast for the Valley, snow line at about 8300 feet, starting Thursday through Sunday.

  5. Maureen L says:

    if you go to Glacier Point “Ski” Hut to stay, be prepared for the water to be shut off for the winter. the hut has water in big barrels for the hut keeper to cook, for guests to drink, but no running water washing facilities!

    there are indoor composting toilets, and the hutkeeper sets something up for tooth-brushing.

    if it’s the same deal as when you arrive on on human self-propelled power in winter snow, the food is fantastic, the comraderie around the wood stove stellar, and there will be great stars and views of the Clark Range and mountains beyond, even without snow.

    the Glacier Point Road says “no overnight parking” — do those staying at the hut get an exception?

    I’m driving up there today, hiking to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome, and I’m not sure where else;will add a note here when I get back.

    • Paul Felicitas says:

      How snowless is it? Clear to the top of Yosemite Falls? Able to summit Mt Dana? Four Mile Trail is open?

      • Maureen L says:

        4 Mile Trail was open.

        yes, you can hike to the top of Yosemite Falls; see the photo someone posted on the Park’s Facebook page.

        not sure about Mount Dana; trails off Tioga Road had ice cover where they were shaded.

    • Maureen L says:


      yes, you can park overnight there if you are staying.

      you can stay Friday through Monday nights.

      $120.50 per person per night; don’t know how much more the taxes are.

      in my experience, almost no one does the ski/snowshoe trip with a guide, but rather the self-guided option.

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