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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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  • In yosmti there are many wonderful places to photograph. This site is on the way to my next tioka wrath worth the stop at least 5 minutes.
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  • We came in this way into Yosemite! Plenty of places to pull over and take pictures and this is one of them. We got out took pics and climbed up over the huge smooth rock formations. Crazy colors and t...  more »
  • Tioga Road may be off Broadway, but it's remoteness, not quality, that's the cause. Most visitors (like us) enter Yosemite through one of the three western gates, and far more people spend their time ...  more »
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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.