Olmsted Point Nature Trail

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Olmsted Point Nature Trail is a 0.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
137 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Olmstead Point Nature Trail is a 0.6 mile out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until August.

4 months ago

gorgeous sunsets

walking
6 months ago

8 months ago

Great views for an easy walk!

hiking
9 months ago

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

walking
11 months ago

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
Sunday, February 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
Sunday, November 10, 2013

Nice short hike with a different perspective of Yosemite

hiking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

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

hiking
Monday, September 03, 2012

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

hiking
Friday, March 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
Friday, March 30, 2012

We've been here several times along the Tioga Road on Hwy 120 in Yosemite National Park. Olmsted Point (note the spelling) looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east--and shows Half Dome from a very different angle. The white granite against the dark sky was awesome during the late summer afternoon - we could hear thunder in the distance. The hike is pretty short and worth the stop - the route along the easy to walk on granite 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!