Yosemite Point is a 6.7 mile out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,635 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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A great viewpoint to provide fantatisc views of Yosemite Valley land features, including Half Dome and Lost Arrow Spire. Yosemite Point (6,939 ft.), a mountain cliff, stands right to Yosemite Fall and provides great and unobstructed views on the Yosemite Valley area. To get there, you need to hike the Upper Yosemite Fall Trail to the top of the valley, cross Yosemite Creek, then follow the North Dome trail to the junction for it. The trail head to the Upper Yosemite Fall trail is located at somewhere near the Camp 4 campground. Please allow 6-8 hours for this strenuous hike.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful trail, but about 10 miles round trip if you stop at Yosemite falls too. Trail was easy to follow. Lots of switchbacks and elevation gain so be prepared to push yourself! Great challenge with awesome scenic reward!

13 days ago

Awesome...

hiking
1 month ago

Strenuous. But you get great views along the way and the top is fantastic. Definitely bring plenty of water, you’ll be going up switchbacks most of the way and you’ll be in the sun a lot. They recommend 3 qts of water, I probably went through a gallon.

1 month ago

Don't consider this 10k as an easy one. The first 2 miles are really steep, then it's relatively ok for the cardio/legs during 3-4 miles. Before you get to the top you have to spend 2 miles with a harsh climb but it's really beautiful. Don't give up or take a break before you get to the flat part. You'll have a first really beautiful view from the upper Yosemite falls view point. The rest is easier and it is worth it if you have the time.
This hike is really intense but I really love it because you feel accomplished when you reach the top. If you hike between June to October it's really dry and warm so do not forget 3 liters per person at least to feel comfortable.
Enjoy

backpacking
5 months ago

Best hike I’ve completed thus far! Camped for 2 nights near the point and it was spectacular! Highly recommended! It was challenging, but worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing view, very windy. Definitely worth to check it out if you get to the upper fall.

hiking
5 months ago

Did it along with north dome. It's nice but I would suggest pushing the extra miles for north dome!

hiking
6 months ago

Started at 10 am on Sunday and took about 2 hours to summit Yosemite point. Tips: Bring good hiking shoes, lots of water and food. Views are well worth the effort and make sure to save energy for the descent!

6 months ago

Incredible. Well worth the effort.

hiking
6 months ago

A truly strenuous hike, but well worth it for the stunning views across Yosemite Valley, of Half Dome, and of Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls. My favorite spot on the trail is the overlook of the full falls, which comes via an unmarked trail just before the first view of the Upper Falls and marked on the map at 5,030'. The switchbacks towards the top of the trail are fairly exposed, so bring a hat/sunscreen or start early. Definitely not to be missed in the spring, when the falls are gushing.

6 months ago

took me about 2.5 hours to reach the summit. amazing views. start out early in the morning to beat the traffic. started this trail around 7 am and not too many people but on the way back down the last half of the trail was flooded with people

hiking
6 months ago

Slush second half, snow at top. Microspikes were a good idea. Final section to point was not packed down on original route. Packed route was very steep shortcut... bring microspikes.

Great views! Hard hike. Loved it!

7 months ago

This is a strenuous hike and a fair amount of it is exposed to the sun, so hydrate beforehand and bring plenty of water with you. I went in April, and there were plenty of places along the way to refill my water bottles for filtering, but I imagine that it is very dry in the summer without the opportunity to refill water. Snacks are also a must, as you will expend a lot of energy.

It took me about 7.5 hours round trip (with plenty of stops to rest, refill water, and of course to take in the views, which are breathtaking).

A lot of the trail is rock, which can be difficult on joints and also slippery in places - be sure to use good hiking shoes.

This trail does get crowded. It is the same trail as that which leads to Upper Yosemite Falls - if you make it the Falls, the Point is only a mile farther and the last mile is not as difficult as the rest of the trail. Be sure to go down to the Falls overlook - it’s a fun scramble down some rocks (there is a rail) and a good view.

hiking
8 months ago

Planned on doing just Upper Yosemite Falls hike for a sunrise view and ended up tackling this hike as well. Completed it last month when there was no snow at the time. Upper Yosemite Falls hike seemed to tackle most of the elevation gain. The remaining trail to Yosemite Point was easy. Took roughly 2.5 hours to summit. Views were decent imo. Completed half dome the day before so I might have still been blown away by those views.

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9 months ago

Gorgeous! Same hike as upper Yosemite falls just about a mile further up to the point which was SO worth it! Went in February no snow on this trail except a few small scattered patches view from the point is epic! Very hard hike path is almost all rocks

hiking
11 months ago

Trail conditions are perfect even in early December. Just a bit of ice after the bridge that crosses the Yosemite Falls when heading to Yosemite Point.

hiking
11 months ago

Worth every step of the climb. Don’t underestimate the climb, start EARLY, there’s little cover on the last mile of switchbacks.

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Amazing, strenuous and rewarding! Get some sleep, stretch, bring LOTS of water and start at it before 7am. You'll be happy you did!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hardest hike we've done this far.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Every step was worth it!

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

definitely not a hike for the weak of heart, but my sister and I loved this hike. Definitely the most amazing and beautiful view I've seen thus far in my life! Can't wait to get back to Yosemite to explore more of the park. :)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Definitely a great hike and one my favorites to go on. Start early as the initial hike up the falls trail gets very crowded. The view you get to the top is breath taking.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Relentless stair-based incline with a double reward: pano views AND the waterfall in full force. Definitely needed a slower pace than I anticipated to make it to the top. I started at 7am, and don't recommend starting much later - my descent was straight sun and super hot. Make the extra trip to Yosemite Point! And make sure you get down to the falls overlook.

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stunning views!

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I consider this hike (April 2015) a highlight of my life. The views, the challenge! Breathtaking. Do not miss this one.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

I did this hike July of 2015 and loved it! It's a pretty tough but very accomplished once you get to the top.

hiking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

You'll never feel more accomplished with a clearer mind than after you've ascended this granite staircase. I never wanted to come down.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Great view on the valley floor.

hiking
13 days ago

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