Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park

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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  • October 2, 2017
    When we drove up to Yosemite we passed the look out. When we were leaving I was sure to pull in and get some great pics of the Yosemite Valley form the point. Be sure to do the same if you take the Ti...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Another quick stop along Tioga Road, with views of the surrounding granite formations. You can hike a very short trail from the top to see even closer to the Valley. A fair amount of people stop here,...  more »
  • September 27, 2017
    You can park your car, walk up a rock, and you're treated to the best view on this side of the valley. nature and beauty at its best  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    The lot was packed but I was still able to easily find parking. It was a very short and rewarding trail. I was very pleased.
  • April 19, 2017
    Climb the area across from it is very claimable. The peak of it has a breathtaking view in all directions. A must try.
  • October 24, 2016
    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.
  • March 28, 2017
    Amazing view! There is a small and short trail, following it the scenery is even more stunning!
  • March 6, 2017
    Great view of Yosemite's "skyline"!

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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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