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Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park

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Olmsted Point, located in Yosemite National Park, is a viewing area off of the Tioga Road which offers a view into Tenaya Canyon. This view looks southwest into the valley, giving, in particular, a view of the northern side of Half Dome and a view of Tenaya Lake to the east.The site is named after landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.Destinations from Olmsted PointTenaya Lake (1 Min)Tuolumne Meadows (9 Min)Porcupine Flat Campground Campground (9 Min)Yosemite Creek Campground (22 Min)White Wolf (23 Min)Tamarack Flat Campground (36 Min)Crane Flat Campground (45 Min)Yosemite Valley (1 HR 2 Min)
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  • It was one of the first viewpoints for me in Yosemite befause we came in from the East enterance on Tioga Pass and with this view I fell in love with the park. It is so breathtaking and speechless. It...  more »
  • Olmsted Point is on the other side of the park and quite a distance from the Valley. Offers great views of the back side of half dome and when we were there volunteers had telescopes set up so you can...  more »
  • One of the must-see of the Tioga pass road. Though unlikely to miss on the road since. Ideal for parking space and nice views, a little dose of.
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  • One of the most amazing views in one of the most amazing National Parks. Good signage explains what you are seeing and some of the natural history. Nice quick hikes on the glacier carved landscape, fun for kids and adults.
  • Breathtaking view of the Yosemite peaks. Do take the 0.2 mile trail for the vista point overlooking the lake and the valley. Do not miss out on the binoculars kept here through which you can see people climbing up the chains on the half dome
  • It's cool to see Half Dome from the opposite side, after seeing it from Glacier Point that is. Beautiful place.
  • Beautiful view of the valley from the "other" side is accessible via a short (maybe 0.5 km) hike. Definitely worth a stop if you're going to (or coming from) Tuolumne Meadows (or Tioga Pass).
  • Amazing views of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Valley and more. Please hike the very short path to the lookout view-it's worth it.