Yosemite Point

  • Big Hikes rating: ★★★★☆
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Summit: 6936 ft / 2114 m
  • Distance: 8.4 miles / 13.5 km
  • Elevation gain: 4170 ft / 1271 m
  • Time: 6 – 8 hours

Snowy views of Half Dome from Yosemite Point

During winter this is one of the best hikes possiblein the park, with the views of the valley normally reserved for hikes closed at this time of year. Starting at Lower Yosemite Fall you walk up to Upper Yosemite Fall and then on to Yosemite Point

The trail begins steep and doesn't really hold back until the top. With many switchbacks you may be wondering why you are putting yourself through this torture but once you reach your destination all will be revealed.

At the top are some steep drops, including right off the edge of Yosemite Fall so be sure to take care and stay on the trail.

Best lunch Spot: Find a rock at Yosemite Point and stare at Half Dome

Having lunch half way up Yosemite Point

Highlight: The views!

Trail Map

Big Hikes Yosemite trail map or Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Point and Glacier Point
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Yosemite Point Trail Head

The Yosemite Point trailhead is located at the the Yosemite Falls Trailhead, Valley shuttle stop 7.

Yosemite Point Variations

To cut this route down a little by only hiking up to Upper Yosemite Fall and back.