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 Buena Vista, 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
6,354 feet



nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

8 months ago

Awesome trail! We parked our car in the backpacker parking and then took the El Captain shuttle as close to the trailhead as we could get. This added about 5 extra miles to our first day, but with our route it was the best option. We combined the Pohono with the Panorama Trail and ended with the John Muir taking us back to the valley. If you don‘t mind the pain and want to do some backpacking then this route was perfect for us. The first day going nonstop uphill is killer, but luckily there are some nice water crossings where you can fill up your filter and splash your face. We really enjoyed Yosemite in early June and were fortunate to see beautiful views without a myriad of other people.

9 months ago

Truly stunning and CHALLENGING trail. Note that there is no camping allowed beyond Bridal Veil Creek just beyond the junction with McGuirk Meadow Trail.

We started very late on Saturday after running the nearby Yosemite Half Marathon so only made it about 1.5 miles before setting up camp. The site was beautiful- open rock face overlooking the western section of the park. If you're able to, I'd recommend camping at Stanford or Dewey points as the vista is even more beautiful and has nearly 180 views including el capitan and half dome.

Day 2 was steep uphill until Dewey point after which we had some nice downhill to Bridal Veil creek. Good campsites near the water. NOTE you cannot camp beyond the bridge here! After setting up camp around noon we did a dayhike to Taft point and Sentinel Dome. It was clear people camped along here, but it's illegal! Taft point was very busy since it's a short hike from Glacier Road. Ditto for Sentinel Dome, but both were worth it. Unparalleled views for this entire section.

We hiked out from Bridal Veil creek on day 3. Very intense and challenging downhill. Overall, an incredibly gorgeous and rewarding trip!

9 months ago

Awesome hike with amazing views! Nothing technical, but a lot of challenging uphill climbs. Make sure to pack efficiently and not skip leg day prior or tackling this beauty!

Monday, February 19, 2018

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.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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.

Friday, May 05, 2017

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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