Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park

Landmark · Tourist Spot
Take a short and easy hike to Olmsted Point and absorb the awe-inspiring views of Tenaya Canyon and Tenaya Lake enveloped by granite domes. The parking itself offers striking views of the surrounding hillsides dotted with glacial erratic boulders. If you are lucky enough to run into a ranger, ask to borrow a telescope to take a close view of the adventurous souls scaling Half Dome and Clouds Rest below. Note that the nearest restrooms are at the lake, more than 2 km (1.5 mi) to the east. See Olmsted Point and all Yosemite National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Yosemite National Park route planning app.
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  • Our kids really enjoyed getting to play on the flat rock surfaces here at Olmsted Point. There are lots of chipmunks and squirrels that they enjoyed chasing around as well. We unfortunately didn't.....  more »
  • We spent the day driving Tioga Road and this spot was amazing! Easy and quick pull off with a scenic shelf for pictures.  more »
  • Named after the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (best known for designing Central Park NYC). From here you are north and east of the Yosemite Valley looking at Half Dome from the...  more »
  • This place is a true gem. Just right off the road which made it easy to visit with our young one. Great sunset views of half dome and tenaya lake from here. There were hardly any people here compared to the lower valley. I bet this is a great star gazing spot.
  • Nature at its best. On our way to Yosemite and came across this place. Nice breeze circling in valley make you feel relaxed. One of the highest peaks in Yosemite. This scenic view will give a glimpse on Yosemite in front of your drive. There is small paved path little down the hill to 'feel' mighty Yosemite.
  • One of my favorite places to visit whenever I'm in Yosemite. The views are breathtaking and I recommend going earlier in the day since it tends to get pretty crowded with tourists.
  • Beautiful views and an amazing hiking experience. Can see Half dome, Cloud's rest, and the lake from the best vantage point.
  • one of the best vistas in yosemite.. right side half dome, left side tenaya lake... just amazing..

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