Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Be inspired to swap the Tunnel View crowds for a serene way to experience Yosemite's signature vista. If the Tunnel View crowds are getting between you and one of Yosemite's most famous viewpoints, consider the short hike up to Inspiration Point where you can admire this signature Yosemite Valley scene on your lonesome. Before the 1930s construction of the Wawona Tunnel and the adjacent parking area, this road heading out of Yosemite Valley snaked precariously up and down the hillside. Now overgrown with manzanita and new pines, Inspiration Point is the former parking spot located on the old road. Note that although this trail does involve around 1,000 feet of elevation gain, we regard this as an 'easy' trail thanks to the gradual, switch-backed route and the large easy return leg along the old road.
Although the it says "accessible year round" this hike gets REALLY icy in the winter. Wouldn't suggest hiking unless you are well equipped. In my opinion, the view from inspiration point, though pretty, can be better seen from the wawona tunnel lookout.
The trailhead is across the parking lot from Tunnel View at Yosemite, and pretty much goes up 1,000 feet in 1 mile. It is a good workout, a rocky trail through pines and granite outcroppings, and gets you away from the Tunnel View crowds - the key advantage of this trail. The views at the top are not any better than some along the way, as it appears to be an old campsite that has become overgrown. The trail up has a few great views, and you don't really need to go past the 0.6 mi. intersection.... you don't reach the top of the ridge on the Pohono Trail until after the 1.3 mile point - the goal is to just find an unobscured view to get your best picture. This was our first hike and used it as a warmup for North Dome and Yosemite Falls. Best time to climb is during a late afternoon when the valley "pops."
Nice meandering trek in and out of tree coverage out to a pretty view from the South Rim of Yosemite Valley. Lots of opportunity for off trail exploring and testing of route finding abilities.