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Artist Point Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 741 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm

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Photos (128)
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Mara Horwitz
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Hiking

Nice trail with a similar view to tunnel view but with far fewer people- easy to lose at the beginning, so just pay attention. Also you have to look for the point where you hang a left at 0.6 miles in - otherwise you’ll continue to inspiration point instead. As noted by someone else, the best view is actually probably about 0.3 miles in through a clearing on the trees, but there’s another good view at about 1.1 miles in. Some incline, but fairly short and easy.

Stan SoCal
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Hiking

Moderate hike to the top for a nicer view of Yosemite compared to the ground at tunnel view. A handful of fallen trees blocked the trail so had to climb over.

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Sunil Gunderia
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What a terrific hike. Avoid the crowds of tunnel view and enjoy a nice jaunt up to Artist Point. Views of the glacially sculpted valley are gorgeous in the tranquillity of this space. A few fallen trees to climb over and an initial steep ascent is all it takes but it is well worth it. The rock stairs up are accessible from the middle of the parking lot (sign to inspiration point) on the right after you pass through the tunnel from Wawona. Expect a steady and a bit steep climb of .6 miles and than veer to the left toward Bridalveil falls parking lot (not to inspiration point) at the junction. Continue downhill and over a couple of logs and you will know you have reached Artist Point when you hit the clearing with the dead on views of the valley. Take a deep breath and enjoy!

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Cody Reppert
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Nick Solis
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Hiking

Hiked this June 11th the opening day after the COVID shutdown. Took my wife, 6 and 3 year old who are solid hikers. Steep first .6 of a mile with rocky areas. After you hit the trail signs go left toward Brideveil Falls Parking lot. From there easy path but several fallen trees. Don’t give up the view is one of a kind

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Cris Hazzard
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Hiking

One of the best short hikes you can do at Yosemite. Escape the crowds, experience some trails, and get a great viewpoint all to yourself. Full guide on HikingGuy com - check it out before you go

Caitlin Kennedy
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Hiking

Seriously beautiful! Totally worth the hike. We left an hour before sunrise so we could watch the colors change on El Capitan and I would highly highly recommend! Not too difficult short trail with beautiful views all the way up.

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Darryl Mendoza
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Hiking

As others have mentioned not a difficult hike. First .6 mile is all uphill. Once you see the inspiration point marker make a left and head down hill towards artist point. Not really marked but when you see a wide open view of tunnel view you know you are there. As others have said it is very lonely on the trail. Make it a point to be heard on the trail and you should be fine. Took about 2hrs total with breaks and pictures.

Gautam Sasi
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Hiking

Amazing tunnel view, at a higher elevation. Well worth the one hour of hike. The first part is a bit steep, but once you hit Old Wawona road, it's half paved till the end. The trail isn't maintained much, so be ready to jump over a couple of >3 foot wide trees on the path. The trail had patches of snow and was muddy in parts today, but definitely not dangerous. Also, I did not find a single soul in the whole trail apart from a couple of deers, so if you are in search of some peace and quiet, this one is a must.

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Kallen Tu
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Lots of uphill for first bit. The old road is fine though. Pretty view, but we went for sunrise and it was really foggy. Takes about 45 minutes to get to the top if you don't stop.

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Chris A
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Hiking

Easy walk up to the point.

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Ashley Grems
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Hiking

The first portion of the trail isn’t marked very well, but if you enter the trailhead closest to the tunnel, it’ll make more sense. We only got a mile up and encountered a bear, so we quickly turned back around! Beautiful sites/vistas along the way, though!

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Jackie Koch
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Hiking

We saw no people on this trail even though the parking lots were busy with tons of people. It’s totally worth the short trek to catch the view without other people around! We loved it, it’s very sunny so bring a hat!

Cheri Cole
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Hiking

I have great sunset photos from Artist point. But.. we somehow missed the trail on the way up and ended up basically climbing our way up til we found a trail. Our objective was to set up for sunset photos...which we did....and then the thunder storm came. That was ok. We liked it.... we fortunately found the trail on the way back. Pitch black with headlamps and flashlights and aboutthe heaviest rainfall I have ever endured. We had ponchos...none the less we were soaking wet when we got back to the car at tunnel view. I’d do it again exactly the same. It was spectacular.

Anna McCoy
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Hiking

This trail makes you feel much more accomplished than just walking up to tunnel view along with fifty other people. I would recommend pulling up the map before you start the hike, because we lost the trail and went the wrong way. As others have said, it’s not well marked. The first .6 was all uphill, but when you get to the old road it gets much easier. Beautiful views and no crowds!

Laura Heidenreich
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This felt like our private trail. never saw another person and the view was amazing.

Leighann Cohen
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Please read! Inspiration point has an obstructed view due to trees. To get an unobstructed view, you start on inspiration point trail until you come across a sign for inspiration point 0.6 mi and to the left, a sign for bridal veil fall. Follow bridal veil fall trail for about 0.5 mi past the fallen trees and you will have an awesome, unobstructed, beautiful view!! I believe this is artists point.

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Katie Lynch
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Hiking

This is a very mild out and back climb with phenomenal views. We did this and Inspiration Point together as one hike. We had perfect weather (cold and just sunny enough) and had both viewpoints to ourselves. Park at Tunnel View and get there early before the tour buses and swarms of humans arrive. We parked around 0700 with just a few other people already there. Tunnel View was pretty quiet at that point so we shot some photos and headed on to the trail. Once we returned a couple hours from the hike the lots were full with tour buses and I suddenly felt like I was at Disneyland. Go early to park and escape the viewpoint as soon as possible to find some solitude on these trails.

Jonathan Adams
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Drew Mohr
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Aparna Bhat
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Hiking

the trail was not marked but the views are spectacular.

David Nilsen
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Hiking

Short hike, great spot to get away from the crowds at tunnel view.

Will Brand
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Not sure I had as much difficulty as some of the reviewers here in keeping to the first part of the trail, but it probably differs by season; in March it was fairly easy to follow, aside from a little disappearing act around a cluster of downed logs right before the road. You're pretty much done with elevation gain once you hit that point, and then you're treated to some fantastic views for not too much work. Not crowded; you'll feel great when you get back to the parking lot packed with people who didn't bother to head up here.

Matthew Sanchez
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Hiking

Can be tough to follow during the winter when trees are all over the path and water is basically running over the whole path. Worth it at the end though!

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Robert Doane-Solomon
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Sarah B
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Hiking

*Lots* of snow on the trail on 3/11/18. Still made it all the way without snowshoes. Snow was about 1-1.5 feet deep for a lot of the trail. Only saw one other person on the trail on a Sunday!

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