Yosemite Point is a 8.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 8.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,635 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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. 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.

recorded Yosemite fall

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rocky
2 months ago

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snow
2 months ago

Hiked this one on March 8. It’s a little under a mile beyond Upper Yosemite Falls but definitely worth the extra distance - the view is incredible. A little snow at the top but not slippery, very doable in hiking shoes. Took us just about 5 hours with breaks for the whole thing. Bring more than one water bottle, it’s a long climb up (and down).

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2 months ago

Great hike. Awesome trail! Weather was perfect and the views were amazing. A bit slippery in places because of sand and snow melt. We definitely agree with the 'hard' rating.

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blowdown
icy
snow
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

Brutal...brutal switchbacks

hiking
3 months ago

Top Randonnée ! Mais à ne pas sous estimer! J’ai l’habitude de 20-25 Km/Jour mais c’est vrai qu’elle pique un peu les mollets ! Le sentier est facile à suivre,du soleil presque du matin au soir et de jolies vues. Peu de monde en partant tôt,mais beaucoup de monde sur le retour. Un peu de neige et de glace sur la dernière partie après le pont mais ça vaut le coup! Les deux points de vues sont top!!! La vue sur les chutes d’en haut est minime,pour les moins sportifs on la voit tout aussi bien d’en bas à mi-sentier! En haut des gardes corps sont installés car ça plonge sec!

recorded Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

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icy
3 months ago

Awesome trail with a lot of switchbacks, technical features and great views of Half Dome and the falls. The extra mile trek to Yosemite point is very icy and the trail is pretty hard to follow. Still doable but try not to get lost.

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rocky
snow
3 months ago

Snow and ice at the bridge and in spots on to Yosemite Point. Otherwise dry trail conditions. Had perfect weather conditions.

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rocky
snow
4 months ago

This was a nice hike to do in the winter. I went up a few days after a significant snow fall. Much of the trail is switchbacks but the scenery does change. The final .75mi to Upper Falls was iced-over on incline. From there to Yosemite Point was also a few feet of snow, but there was a bit of pack to take advantage of. I recommend speaking to the rangers about the conditions before hiking up. I had microspikes for the iced sections and they were critical for coming down safely at a good pace. Most hikers were sliding, falling, and making slow progress without. Having started early was a benefit because I only dealt with these slow crowds on the way down. The views from the top are magnificent and I would dedicate about 4-5hrs to hike with additional time to enjoy the scenery.

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4 months ago

Beautiful trail and we got lucky with a clear, sunny day today. Lots of snow and ice once you pass Yosemite Falls and start the Yosemite Point trail, but the snow is fairly well-packed at this point. Definitely needed micro-spikes but didn’t use the snowshoes since we stayed on trail. It gets fairly steep in the icy portions so would have been tough without the spikes. We saw only a handful of people (maybe 5 total) once we got to the Point trail. The Yosemite falls trail was, of course, very busy with people going up late in the day as we began our descent.

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rocky
6 months ago

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6 months ago

Epic on a sunny day

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rocky
7 months ago

The main piece of advice that I have for anyone considering this hike is to start EARLY. We took our first steps on the trail just as the sun was coming up and only met about 3 other groups the entire way up. Coming down at about 3 o’clock there were literally hundreds of people coming up the trail! It was a steep hike in the first little bit and the last switchbacks to the left of the falls will make you dig deep! The awesome views on the way up, at the top of the falls, and at the top of Yosemite Point are well worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Great views at the end and of the stream leading up to the falls. I was just not a fan of this hike. Not a tough hike, but long, steep and a bit uneventful. I recorded 17km, which is longer than what is outlined by All Trails. We did see a bobcat on the trail, which was the highlight for me. We decided to do some summits up Tioga Road, which is more up our alley.

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no shade
7 months ago

Definitely come here after the Falls for a much much better view!

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7 months ago

Belle randonnée difficile de par le dénivelé et la qualité du chemin (pierres et racines). Le chemin parfaitement balisé monte en continu avec un dénivelé constant. Les vues sont magnifiques sur les sommets et falaises de granit. Exposition Est de l’ensemble du chemin, le soleil est présent dès le matin. Prévoir de l’eau en quantité suffisante. On est récompensé à l’arrivée et il faut passer par upper fall point avant ou au retour de Yosemite point pour ne pas se priver de ses 2 panoramas fantastiques !

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7 months ago

Very steep. The whole way up. But worth it. Many types of people made it up.

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7 months ago

Beautiful views most of the trail. While there was no water flowing over the falls , the granite walls and many views of half dome, clouds rest etc were spectacular. That extra .8 miles to Yosemite point was well worth it!

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rocky
8 months ago

The hike to upper Yosemite Falls is steep. Get an early start to beat the sun. Little to no shade on the top half of the trail. The views at the top are worth all the sweat and pain. The extra mile or so from the falls to Yosemite Point isnt bad and the view is spectacular.

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8 months ago

Amazing views from the top, would suggest this trail! Tough trail - lots of elevation gain quickly. We did half dome up the cables the day before and found this more difficult (were tired from day before but don’t underestimate)

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8 months ago

If you do the upper falls you might as well go the extra mile and do this baby. Not to mention I think it provides for the best view in the entire park. Done it several times and the views never get old.

recorded Yosemite Point

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no shade
8 months ago

Appropriately rated as difficult - pretty straight up to the top and hard on the knees on the way down. We started around 9am and much of the trail was directly in the sun. The way down was more shaded but still really hot so bring lots of water and sunscreen. We took the detour to the pools at the top of the waterfall (worth it) and sat up at Yosemite point for an hour or so and it took us about 7 hours total and was about 9 miles. Definitely go the extra mile to Yosemite point for amazing views of half dome and the valley. Highly recommend!

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