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Glacier Point

Glacier Point is a viewpoint above Yosemite Valley in the U.S. state of California. It is located on the south wall of the valley at an elevation of 7,214 feet (2,199 m), 3,200 feet (980 m) above Half Dome Village. The point offers a superb view of several of Yosemite National Park's well-known landmarks. Between 1872 and 1968, it was the site of the Yosemite Firefall. The extreme point of the promontory of Glacier Point is wholly bare, but glacial material is abundant on the slopes below, in the hollow to the west and on the wooded slope above. Its glacial origin is definitely proved by the presence in it of rocks derived from Little Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada.

This panoramic view from Glacier Point at sunset was taken in 2013, facing northeast. From left to right, the landforms pictured are Tenaya Canyon, Half Dome, Liberty Cap, Little Yosemite Valley, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall.

Photograph credit: David Iliff

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