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Inspiration Point Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Inspiration Point Trail is a 2.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

8 days ago

Trail is steep and rocky. I'm glad I had hiking boots on, but I saw plenty of people in tennis shoes. The trail is hard to distinguish at times, especially at the top. If I hadn't had this app I might not have found the viewpoint. Amazing views along the way and at the top. Light traffic compared to other areas of the park. We parked across from the Tunnel View parking lot to access the trailhead.

hiking
14 days ago

Recommend hiking up to inspiration point and then down to Artist's point. Greats views away from the crowd at the bottom!

Pros:
-The views
-Few people

Cons:
-None

16 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked in April; beautiful hike from the Wanona Road area. Can be tricky to find the right trail but once you find it, smooth sailing. Incline isn't bad but adds up over time. Prepare to sweat. The view is pretty spectacular especially if you are a newbie to hiking like myself.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Friday, June 12, 2015

hiking
Sunday, March 24, 2013

Beautiful hike!!!!!!!

hiking
Thursday, August 02, 2012

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."

snowshoeing
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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.