Glacier Point, California from 14 Mountaintop Views Worth the Climb

14 Mountaintop Views Worth the Climb

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Glacier Point, California

This spot in Yosemite is only a half-day hike away but the views of Half Dome are hard to beat. Visitors can get there by hiking either the Four Mile Trail or the Panorama Trail and in the winter, dedicated cross country skiers can make the long trip to see the snow-covered park without the crowds of summer.

Schafberg—Austria

Rising high above the shore of Lake Wolfgangsee, Schafberg Mountain is a picturesque platform with a few more amenities than the typical summit. Those who would rather not hike up can take a railway to the top, only to find a hotel and restaurant in addition to amazing views.

Karst Mountains—China

Rich in stunning landscape and biodiversity alike, the Karst regions of China were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The view from one of these peaks is unlike anything else on earth and has been regarded as a spiritual experience by those who have had the opportunity to visit.

Victoria Peak—Hong Kong, China

Locally referred to as simply “The Peak,” this top tourist spot affords a breathtaking view of the city and harbor. At 1,811 feet, The Peak is the highest point on the island.

Great Smoky Mountains—Tennessee/ North Carolina

Straddling the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, the Great Smoky Mountains attract more than 9 million people each year. Especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colors (but scenic anytime of year), this range has hiking trails for every skill level, each with their own charm.

Silvermine—South Africa

Located in Cape Town, the Silvermine Nature Reserve offers access to mountain biking trails, rock climbing routes, scenic picnic spots and coastal hikes with unparalleled views. Also home to a number of sandstone cave systems and a preserved river, this natural oasis is more than just a pretty view.

Kilimanjaro—Tanzania

The highest freestanding mountain in the world, at almost 20,000 feet above sea level, offers some great views and stellar sunrises. The rewards are not without risks, though, Kilimanjaro is a tough trek that is physically demanding—on top of the accent, hikers often face plummeting temperatures and altitude sickness

The Dolomite Mountains—Italy

Set in northern Italy, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. This range with more than a dozen major peaks is a top destination for adventurous travelers—offering incredible skiing in the winter and mountain climbing, hiking, cycling and hang-gliding in the warmer months.

Sharp Peak—Hong Kong, China

A popular hiking destination, Sharp Peak—also known as Nam She Tsim—is set in Sai Kung East Country Park. The park offers challenging hikes and picturesque views via the MacLehose Trail in addition to beaches and a natural harbor.

Cotopaxi—Ecuador

The second highest mountain in all of Ecuador and one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi is a top spot for recreational climbers. The climb has steadily grown in popularity, with local guide companies offering trips and many people attempting to summit on weekends. It’s no wonder climbing Cotopaxi has become so popular a journey; the view at the top of the volcano is surreal.

Nimrod’s Fortress—Israel

Dating back to the 13th century, this Crusade-era castle is the largest in all of Israel and is said to be well-preserved. Thirteen other marked sites make the trip up the mountain interesting and if the historical status of the ruins doesn’t capture your interest, the views will.

Pirin Mountains—Bulgaria

Named after an ancient God, Pirin is one of the tallest mountains in Bulgaria standing at almost 10,000 feet above sea level. Most of the range is protected in the Pirin National Park and the area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Simply put, the rock formations and views are not to be missed.

Lakeland Fells—England

The Lake District National Park is home to a series of hills and mountains, Helm Crag is one of the most underrated. Also known as “The Lion and the Lamb,” for its unique summit rocks which bear a striking resemblance to the animals, this peak sits at only 1,329 feet, but the hike and views have been described as “exhilarating.”

Mt. Temple—Canada

Overlooking the Bow River Valley in Banff National Park, Mt. Temple is the highest peak in the area. At 11,627 feet, the hike is difficult but the views are worth the effort.

Glacier Point, California

This spot in Yosemite is only a half-day hike away but the views of Half Dome are hard to beat. Visitors can get there by hiking either the Four Mile Trail or the Panorama Trail and in the winter, dedicated cross country skiers can make the long trip to see the snow-covered park without the crowds of summer.

14 Mountaintop Views Worth the Climb