Dewey, Crocker, and Stanford Point via the Pohono Trail

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Dewey, Crocker, and Stanford Point via the Pohono Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 9.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,925 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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18 days ago

Hiked this 11/23/19. Perfect weather high 40s. The trail is kinda boring through the trees but the big payout is at Dewy and Crocker PT. Amazing views. Very few people, just a couple of groups at the points, saw no one on the trail. One note the roadside sign to McGurk Meadows is missing making it a bit tricky to find the trail head. From the turn out look for the sign post with no sign. Well worth the effort.

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1 month ago

Great Yosemite Views. Crocker Point! Easy enough hike.

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2 months ago

did this hike on 10-5... it's beautiful!! great great view of El Cap. Hike is not very difficult, make sure to note where you start! dont start at the trash cans like we did Haha... like the previous person said, the trailhead is back from the parking lot! Enjoy!

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3 months ago

I saw this trail in the movie "Find Me" on amazon prime. It was the main focal point of the movie ending so I just looked it up to see if it really exists. Which it does. It was portrayed as a short easy hike but it looks pretty long at 9 miles. Lucky you if get there.

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bugs
4 months ago

My companion and I did this hike as far as Crocker Point. We did not get to Stanfurd Point as that was going just a bit too far considering I was somewhat out of shape. Honestly, the best part of the hike is Dewey Point. There is some nice stuff at Crocker Point, in particular the view of Bridalveil Fall, but I am not sure it is worth the extra 1+ mile over Dewey Point. The most pleasant surprise of the hike was McGurk Meadow. It had a lot of beautiful wildflowers, and many butterflies that I cannot find any identification for online. Based on the previous trail reports I had expected minimal people. Getting started just after sunrise, we only encountered a couple of other hikers on the four mile trail to Dewey Point, and had about 45 minutes at the point all to ourselves. Then, a delightful couple (Doug and Sharon) showed up, and shared some of their hiking adventures which have taken them all over western North America, and internationally. If you meet these two on the trail, say “Hi”, and have a chat with them. They are lovely people. Shortly after they showed up, the place had another 10 or so people show up. It was not exactly crowded, but there was no solitude, either. I recommend you use your bug spray. The mosquitoes were not awful, but there were enough to notice and occasionally bite.

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4 months ago

Wonderful hike! You’ll have to start the trail head 20 yards back on the road from the parking lot. Everything about this hike was amazing! The meadows, wild flowers, creeks and vistas at the top...breathtaking! Very lightly traveled, not for the average “walker” due to elevation gain and quite a bit of uphill but a great hike for the casual hiker! Plan to spend some time at the top, it’s worth a good long stay❤️

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11 months ago

A solid warm up hike through some pretty meadows and with a really nice payoff with awesome views of El Cap at Dewey Point. Very worthwhile trip, especially as a way to avoid some of the crowds at Glacier Point.

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Sat Jul 07 2018

A pretty chill hike. There isn't a whole lot of elevation gain (only some hills, and mostly going to Stanford point and back up), and honestly not a whole lot of scenery until you make it to the rim. Once at the rim, the views are phenomenal! You start off going through the lovely McGurk Meadow, and during the right time of year the wildflowers and butterflies are everywhere! You also walk through a beautiful patch of Corn Lillys. Theres a lot of change in scenery which makes the hike more interesting. Dewey Point has a great view, but if you came all this way then you must continue on to Crocker and Stanford Point for unique views of Bridalveil Fall. One of the best things about this hike? the lack of crowds!! As far as YNP crowds goes, this trail was virtually a ghost town! Be sure to look for snow plants along the way!

Sun Jun 18 2017

Great views from both Dewey and Crocker points today! Trail not crowded at all. Most of trail is forested. Snow on first 1.5 mi of trail in places and many, many fallen trees to scramble over or around, and a lot of mud . After 2 mile point, and a river crossing, trail was quite clear and dry. Early signs of wildflower, ceanothus and manzanita bloom, lupine not out yet. Bring ample water or a filter.

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Mon Jun 05 2017

Did this without continuing on past Dewey point - honestly the views from there alone make the trip 100% worth it without doubling your elevation gain as continuing on will do. I'm a little surprised that AllTrails doesn't allow Dewey point to be a destination. A wide variety of terrain, including a meadow (where a bear was grazing when we went), forested areas, walking on sand and granite, plus a few nice little climbs.

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Thu Mar 02 2017

This is a beautiful and tiring hike, for an old guy like me. This trail is currently marked as easy and it may be, if you are in excellent physical condition. Those that are not, be prepared for a total ascent of over 1700 feet. The average casual hiker will likely find this trail to be moderate to difficult. However difficult one may find it, it is well worth the effort. The walk through McGurk can be filled with wild flowers and plenty of wildlife. Once at Dewey point, and beyond, the views are beyond beautiful. Spring and fall are the best times to do this trail. Summer can be brutally hot. Without doubt, one of my favorite Yosemite trails.

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Wed Jul 20 2016

Loved walking through mcGuirk meadow and the view was pretty nice at Dewey Pt but I decided to turn around at that point

Thu Jun 02 2016

Last weekend I met two bears there. One was just beside the trail.

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2 months ago

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5 months ago