Olmsted Point Nature Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Olmsted Point Nature Trail is a 0.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 0.6 km Elevation Gain: 17 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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
4 months ago

Excellent views for the price. The short hike offers better views of half dome than some of the more strenuous hikes.

walking
no shade
7 months ago

Unbelievable views of the valley and half dome without the work. 200 years or so and you’re at the lookout. You can see from the parking lot, but it’s insanely crowded.

hiking
7 months ago

Short and easy, be sure to go down the stairs and out to the rocks

hiking
8 months ago

easy and beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

Short, smooth rocky trail to fantastic view point! Get beyond where most people just pull off and take the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy hike with amazing views of Yosemite Valley. The hike itself took about 10 mins., but I stayed much longer to take in the beautiful views.

hiking
8 months ago

very easy walk. we did it Sept 1 carrying a three month old baby.

hiking
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

You can not resist to clime this granite “domlett”. Super white and smooth with a great reward at the end! The view of Half dome is amazing. There are also two magnificent lakes that add to the view. Very easy hike and tons of photo opportunities.

recorded Olmsted Point Nature Trail

hiking
bugs
closed
off trail
scramble
10 months ago

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walking
11 months ago

It's a cool viewpoint.

hiking
Mon Apr 01 2019

Visited 2016

Tue Jul 24 2018

Beautiful but busy

walking
Fri Jul 20 2018

Nice little nature trail some steep portions but really nice view points. Great for pictures and a nice view of Tenaya Lake.

hiking
Wed Feb 07 2018

Nice view everywhere

hiking
Fri Aug 11 2017

Great views of the area and fun to see Half Dome from a different perspective.

Sun Jul 02 2017

Great view of half dome. Easy and kid friendly.

Sat Dec 03 2016

gorgeous sunsets

Sat Aug 06 2016

Great views for an easy walk!

hiking
Wed Jun 29 2016

Super easy. Gives you an awesome view of the backside of Half Dome.

walking
Wed May 11 2016

Took this in as my first real views of the mountains of Yosemite coming in on Tioga Road. The parking lot was very busy and I had to turn around and luckily found a spot in June. It's a nice walk, not a hike. I didn't know it was a 'hike' until i looked it up on this site. It's worth a stop.

hiking
Sun Feb 21 2016

Stopped here on a whim while driving the Tioga road. The view is absolutely stunning and I would call it a must see. With binoculars you can watch the climbers on Half Dome and there are great views of nearby Tenaya Lake.

walking
Sun Nov 10 2013

Nice short hike with a different perspective of Yosemite

hiking
Sun Sep 15 2013

Bring binoculars; you can sit and watch the hikers going up the Half Dome cables. Very cool.

hiking
Mon Sep 03 2012

Great hike. very short with great views. Great for all ages!

hiking
Fri Mar 30 2012

We've been here several times... located on the Tioga Road / Hwy 120 in Yosemite National Park. Olmsted Point (note the spelling as it appears there is another similar entry spelled Olmstead) looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east showing Half Dome. White granite against a dark sky is awesome during a late summer afternoon - we could hear thunder in the distance. The hike is short and worth the stop - the route takes you down a slight ravine filled with pines and then back up along a rocky ridge for some spectacular views of Yosemite. It's an amazing demonstration of glacial rock carving with deep cracks, huge boulders or "bubbles" just left over as the glacier receded. Another place in the US you can see evidence of this kind of glacial activity is on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park in Maine. Just sit on one of the boulders and take in the view. Not to miss!

hiking
6 months ago

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