Glacier Point to Illilouette Creek

Rating: ★★★
Location: Yosemite National Park
Days: 2
Distance: 10mi
Cumulative Elevation: +2,773ft -2,757ft
Min Elevation: 6,040ft
Max Elevation: 7,263ft
Photo Gallery: Yosemite - Glacier Point to Illilouette Falls

Glacier Point to Illilouette Creek is a great beginner’s backpacking trip. From Glacier Point, you get great views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley, literally right from the parking lot. The lower elevation also makes this a great early summer trip.

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A Yosemite wilderness permit for the Glacier Point → Illouette trailhead is required.

Getting to the Trailhead

The trail starts at Glacier Point. Parking, restrooms and a small store are available at the visitor center. During peak season, there may also be shuttles from Yosemite Valley.

Food Planning

Bear canisters are required. Illilouette Creek should be a reliable water source.

The Hike

Day 1: Glacier Point to Illilouette Creek

  • Distance: 4.61mi

  • Elevation gain/loss: +879ft -1,651ft

The hike begins on the Panorama Trail and starts off with the best views of Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada falls, and the Valley.

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After about a mile and a half, take the junction towards Illilouette Falls. Continue right towards Mono Meadows for another two miles. Soon, you will come across a creek crossing. When we went in the early season, the crossing was about shin-deep. A little less than a mile after the creek crossing, you’ll reach a junction with the Mono Meadows trailhead. Continue left towards Illilouette Creek to find plenty of suitable camping areas.

Day 2: Return to Glacier Point, Illilouette Falls

  • Distance: 5.58mi

  • Elevation gain/loss: +1,894ft -1,106ft

Return the way you came! Take a short side trip to Illilouette Falls for an extra mile.

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The short mileage and great views make this a good beginner’s backpacking trip. It is also possible to extend this hike into an advanced trip to Red Peak Pass and beyond.

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