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Leaf Peeping on Glacier Point Road

We did some road hunting for fall color on Glacier Point Road and wanted to share some pictures of those beautiful dogwoods.

Where: Yosemite National Park
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Range: 6,040′ – 7,320′
Date: October 23, 2014, 2014
Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad

This adventure entails a drive up Hwy 41 through the Yosemite National Park entrance, past Wawona to Glacier Point Road. We drove on the road, pulling over at the many pull-outs along the way, to capture and admire those gorgeous dogwoods.

We saw dogwoods at various stages of turning their fall colors. Bright red, orangish, greens and even leaves that had combinations of all of these colors!

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LP Glacier Point Road 16If you take this drive and pull over at one of the turn-outs, please be careful and aware of traffic. We would be taking a picture of a dogwood and people would start pulling over, thinking we were looking at a bear. There isn’t much of a shoulder on this road to walk along and it really pays to be careful and tuned to approaching traffic.

Even if you don’t pull over, it is a beautiful drive and you can stop at Washburn or Glacier Point and admire the views. Although there is an approaching storm coming in as I submit this, some leaves will be down but others will still be there and turning. They are glorious when contrasted with a little snow. With Glacier Point Road closes due to the weekend storm, hopefully it will be open soon for all of us to admire and enjoy this area.

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