Crane Flat Lookout Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Crane Flat Lookout Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
Sat Dec 30 2017

A nice trail to a beautiful panorama of Yosemite. We saw three deers on our way up, and only two other hikers during the entire hike, so that's definitely a nice place to get away from the valley crowds. The helicopter base at the top is fun to explore too.

snowshoeing
Sat May 21 2011

This is a nice snowshoe trail that takes you to the Crane Flat Lookout - a fire lookout, which has a wonderful 360-degree view of Yosemite. You can see El Capitan & Half Dome in the distance to the east and lovely forest and mountain all the way around. The top of the lookout is huge (several football fields in size) and relatively flat, allowing for plenty of people to find a spot of their own to sit and enjoy. Another fun thing is the abandoned helicopter shell at the top of the lookout. The trail itself follows the fire road so it is wide and well groomed. It does have a fairly constant incline, but not too steep. We went end of season, so the snow was beginning to get a little thin in the sunniest places, but was still good. There was a decent amount of traffic on the trail, but we still had long stretches of solitude. I don't recall the exact length (I'll defer to the info on the site) but it provided for a nice day trip which included lunch at the top, and a little time to sit and enjoy the view.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

recorded Track - Sep 04 02:44 PM

hiking
Tue Sep 04 2018

snowshoeing
Sat Mar 10 2018

recorded Great hike in Yosemite

hiking
Thu Dec 28 2017

scenic driving
Mon Oct 10 2016

snowshoeing
Sun Mar 27 2016

snowshoeing
Mon Dec 28 2015