OverviewYosemite National Park about 2 miles south of Glacier Point and about 1 mile northeast of Ostrander Rocks.
Thousands of tourists from all over the world drive or take tour buses up to enjoy the spectacular views from Glacier Point every day during the open season. Illilouette Ridge is over a thousand feet higher and faces more to the east. The views from Illilouette Ridge (though they don't take in as much of "The Incomparable Valley" and the sheer northwest face of Half Dome) are breathtaking as well and you'll probably have it all to yourself. There is a unique view of the south side of Half Dome and you can see more of the Yosemite high country beyond. The high point is to the south but the north part of the ridge is more open and closer to the awesome convergence of Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Canyon and Little Yosemite Valley. This short hike can easily be done in an hour or so. But once you crest the ridge you'll no doubt want to linger a while.
Getting ThereTaft Point and Sentinel Dome. From there you simply cross the road and scramble up the small embankment. Illilouette Ridge is a little less than a mile to the east. This is a simple cross country walk up through the woods with only a 500' elevation gain.
From Wowona go north on Hwy. 41 12 miles and turn right on the Glacier Point Road.
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