Things To Do Near Badger Pass in Yosemite National Park

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  • Though a central destination only in the winter, there is lots of good stuff near Yosemite's Badger Pass. Badger was one of the first developed ski areas in the West, really a pioneer in America's growing winter recreation industry back in the 1930's. It's a small ski area but still popular, especially for those learning to ski or snowboard. Hundreds of miles of backcountry skiing possibilities surround Badger, mostly off to the east. Popular overnight ski destinations include the Glacier Point Hut and the Ostrander Lake Ski Hut.

    In the summer, Badger itself is closed off to visitors, but continuing beyond it brings one to the jaw-dropping overlook of Glacier Point, where one can look down 3000' to the floor of Yosemite Valley and 20 miles east to the snowy crest of the Sierra Nevada. Some of Yosemite's famed waterfalls are in view below where you stand. On the way out to Glacier Point a one-mile trail rewards the hiker with the world-class 360° view from the top of Sentinel Dome.

    Other hiking trails take off from Glacier Point Road, for both casual dayhikes and multi-day backpack trips. The Pohono Trail goes along the south rim of Yosemite Valley, with several viewpoints en route. Taft Point is a quieter overlook than Glacier Point, with a unique view down on El Capitan.

    Across Highway 41, those who study their map will find the road up to Henness Ridge Fire Lookout, another fine high point. The community of Yosemite West here includes numerous cabin and condo rentals. Bridalveil Campground, along the Glacier Point Road provides another place from which to base a visit in the Badger Pass region.

    Cross-Country Ski School

    Glacier Point Rd
    (Badger Pass Ski Area)

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    Badger Pass

    Glacier Point Road

    Since its opening in 1935, Yosemite's Badger Pass Ski Area, has been a favorite vacation spot for generations of skiers... read more

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    Tunnel View

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    Wawona Road
    (Highway 41)

    THE classic Yosemite view... read more

    Sentinel Dome Trail

    P.O. Box 577

    Leads to the summit's sweeping views... read more

    Four Mile Trail to Glacier Point

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    Southside Dr
    (Yosemite Valley)

    Scenic views and a strenuous 3-4 hour hike...
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    Glacier Point

    P.O. Box 577

    A dramatic overlook from the rim... read more

    Ostrander Lake Trail

    P.O. Box 577

    6.3 miles southeast from Glacier Point Road...
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    Taft Point Trail

    P.O. Box 577

    1.5 miles along the southern rim of the valley...
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    Bridalveil Creek Campground

    P.O. Box 577

    This site is open from mid-June through September with 110 sites available on a first come, first served basis. Pets are allowed at the campground... read more

    Pioneer Yosemite History Center

    P.O. Box 577
    Wawona Hotel

    Historic structures from the mining era... read more
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