The Pohono Trail from Inspiration Point

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The Pohono Trail from Inspiration Point is a 22.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

22.5 miles
6354 feet




nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

2 months ago

Incredible! Planned on doing this exact route but then ended up hiking down from Sentinel to Glacier Point and then down the 4-mile trail (which was brutal btw)

Started Saturday at noon-ish at tunnel view and make it to Dewey by 5pm. Definitely a lot of up hill but didn't seem too monotonous. Camping at Dewey was amazing. It only got better from there because Dewey to Taft to Sentinel were some of the most amazing views of the valley. Once your up there its mostly flat so makes for an easier second day.

Down the 4 mile trail was probably the worst. super monotonous but you were rewarded with some great views of the valley.

9 months ago

The trail is entirely up hill. Very difficult! There are many water sources on trail if you pack a filter. The views are not matched anywhere. If you are looking for a challenge this is definitely the one.

Ensure you pack: Bear spray, water filter, camera, bags to carry out your mess, and pack light.

We started our hike at around 1:30am because our GPS lost signal and we could not find the trail head. We packed for an overnight and we were glad we did. It took us about an hour per mile because the hike is intensely up hill. I was glad to pack a water filter because we ran out of water very fast. The trail is easy to follow and there are many readily made camp sites not too far from the trail. The views of Yosemite are amazing from up there. We took many good pictures. We woke up and found a bear lazily walking along the ridge below our camp. They are very common along the trail so make plenty of noise and know what to do if you approach one. All in all the trail was one of the top ten hikes I have completed. A must see, I will definitely visit again soon.

11 months ago

Honestly, I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the beauty that this side of Yosemite has to offer. We spent three days backpacking the Pohona Trail from Tunnel View to Glacier Point. As another commenter wrote, it's a helluva climb out of the valley, but to us, it was well worth it. It's difficult, but that made reaching the top so worth it. We camped the first night with a front row view of El Capitan. The second night we stayed by Bridalveil Creek where we swam and drank wine from camelbacks. Be sure to have your bug spray on and extra in your hand when hiking from Bridalveil to Glacier Point because there are some angry mosquito swarms waiting for you. The hiking on days 2 and 3 is less steep and so much fun when you pass each overlook. This was truly a fantastic backpacking experience and far from the summer crowds!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Friday, March 11, 2016

This review is in relation to yosemite...I give it 4 stars. If you are starting from wawona road and hiking to glacier point, it is a HELL of a lot of uphill and hard work (especially up until bridalveil creek for some great views. In contrast to panorama trail, this was definitely way more work for less reward. We couldn't believe how much uphill and how steep it was for how long. We spent pretty much our whole first day scaling uphill. Would be well worth it if hiking from glacier point downhill!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

be ready to go up off 3000FT for 4 miles. AMAZIng views
dont be scared of lizards and snakes. Ull found a few

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