Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily 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 accessible year-round.

Length2.3 miElevation gain1,043 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Yosemite is open with some services limited due to COVID-19. Reservations are required to drive into Yosemite. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm 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.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

Directions from Chester: Drive eastward on Highway 36 to Chester Valley Road. Turn left on this road and travel one mile to Juniper Lake Road. Turn right on Juniper Lake Road and drive northward. The road turns to dirt 7.5 miles before reaching the campground. Pass the campground and continue northward 2 miles to the trailhead by the ranger station. Park your vehicle and walk a short distance eastward on the road to the Inspiration Point Trailhead.

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Laurin Thompson
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Words can’t describe the beauty! Stunning. It’s a fairly tough hike given that it’s over 1,000 feet of elevation gain in only 1.3 miles.

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Julie Kew
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Morgan Giarusso
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Trail had beautiful viewpoints along the way that were better than the actual peak. Top became snowy but still fine to do in just hiking boots. Awesome hike!

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Rafael Maciel
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Justin Richard
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very busy at the bottom but clears up quickly

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Laura Galdamez
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Great trail! Better viewpoints along the way than the actual destination point. A little slippery but very much worth it!

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H Montenegro
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Miriam Simpson
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Trail had a lot of snow so Yaktrax helped. Not too bad otherwise. View is not significantly better than from the tunnel because trees. We went a little farther up and found a better one.

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Giovanna Senatore
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Fun easy trail with some snow at the end

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Kyle Windsor
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Beautiful views, trail is a little hard to navigate in the snow. Had to turn around because the snow is too deep for my spikes. Excellent experience. Highly recommended trail.

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Emil Mindov
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Lara Aydin
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Last 1/3 of the hike was quite icy and snowy, but it’s still doable with just your regular old hiking shoes. On the way back, you can just slide on the snow which to be honest made my hike a thousand times more fun. Oh and the “inspiration point” wasn’t THAT inspirational.

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Joe Guy
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Only saw one group

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Amit Dvir
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Great view of the valley! The trail was quite icy.

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Ashley Names
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Dusty Ventura
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Excellent weather and trail conditions today all the way up to Stanford Point. Bring hiking poles and maybe crampons for top 1/3 of trail. Had the whole trail to myself. Dont miss the sunset back at the trailhead from about 4:30-5:30p.

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Steve Tran
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Johnathan Glissand
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The views of Yosemite valley are unmatched. I found the climb up to inspiration point a little bit boring which is why I give this four stars.

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Lewis Thompson
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My first time to Inspiration Point proper despite having covered a lot of ground in Yosemite. The views are significantly better than Tunnel View.

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Rutvij Mahajan
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amazing hike...icy at few points but pretty straightforward.

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Norman N
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Nice beautiful and easy hike in the woods with excellent views of the valley.

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Jessica L
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AMAZING!! Did it without spikes, there was snow. Wonderful hike!

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Jennifer Ogawa
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Going to the top of inspiration point is only about 1.2 miles. It is very steep, but short. Took just over an hour on the way up. Good views on the top. Much of the way up is shaded.

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Mark Seigworth
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Kriss Craig
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Beautiful hike, amazing views! Very steep, strenuous but good. Did not make it up to Stanford Point due to ice on the narrow trails.

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Hiro Yamamoto
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