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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.

Length 8.5 mi Elevation gain 3,635 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Views Waterfall Wildlife Rocky Fee No dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. 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.

Yosemite National Park http://www.nps.gov/yose/

The trail is hot to hike during summers so make sure you bring a lot of water with you.

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Taylor Gibney
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awesome trail! if rain season be prepared to get wet on your way up. bring plenty of water!

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James Woo
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Worth every step (stair)!!

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Lizzy Kling
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First mile has a lot of switch backs, Mile 2 and 3 kick your butt! Worth the trip, gorgeous views of the changing leaves and caught some beautiful snow flurries at the top and on the way down.

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Kelly B.
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Ivy Sandberg
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Switchbacks almost the whole way up but the views along the way and at the top are definitely worth it

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Sharan Gill
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Al Suryoprabowo
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A lot of uphill.

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Marvin Holmes
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Ivana Kuchan
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This hike is very hard! But well worth the pain :) we started at the lower Yosemite falls trailhead and walked to the upper Yosemite falls trailhead which added about 1.5-2 miles round trip (ended up being about 11 miles total according to my Apple Watch, 3600 feet of elevation and 1950 calories burned woo!) In mid August the temperatures hit the mid 90s by early morning, bringing 3+ liters of water was essential. Five experienced hikers started at 845am, summited at 12pm, took and hour break to eat lunch and swim at upper Yosemite falls, and then returned to the parking lot at 4pm. We took our time enjoying the views both ways. Remember summiting is only the halfway point, don’t under estimate the downhill! You are scaling rocks and rock steps for a good portion of the hike both ways so grippy hiking boots are necessary to ensure safe passage. Views were beautiful and well worth it. Prepare for a hard hike and bring lots of water, electrolytes and snacks :)

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Melanie Gutierrez
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Strenuous. Bring AT LEAST 3 liters of water and a electrolyte tab. Waterfall is dried up but the Yosemite Point has amazing views.

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Sam Secor
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We did this hike in August 2020, when it was about 93 degrees in the valley. This is a really tough hike - especially during the time we went. Waterfall was dried up, which meant the mist that usually refreshes and sprays you during the climb up was gone. It’s an all day hike with steep inclines and endless switchbacks. If you’re going in the summer months, pack a lot of water (3L per person). Also, if you’re going in the morning bring some bug spray and/or a bug net for your head as there were so many gnats! The views at the top are amazing, but you don’t get a good view of Half Dome, so my boyfriend and I actually went Yosemite Point which is about 1 mile further from the Upper Yosemite Falls overlook. My boyfriend and I are pretty fast hikers but we started at 7:30AM and didn’t get all the way back down until 2:45PM. I’d recommend going to Yosemite Point to see better views, but it is a tough climb up!

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Madalyn Esch
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Though the ascent up switchbacks, in the noon sun, and waterfall sans water made hiking up to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls extremely difficult, the extra trek up to Yosemite Point was totally worth it. We saw maybe a total of 70 people on the roundtrip and had Yosemite Point to ourselves.

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Emily Brumsted
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Whew, this was a HIKE! Straight up on a granite staircase pretty much the entire way, but incredible views! The falls at the top were dried, BUT it meant that there were beautiful crystal clear pools to swim in, which was incredibly refreshing and made the effort of getting there so worth it! We lounged and swam at multiple spots at the top. The view from the point is spectacular.

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Arthur Kuo
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Michaela Arndt
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Favorite hike I’ve ever done. Was on the trail from 8:30am to 5:30pm but spent 2+ of those hours exploring/taking pictures at Yosemite Point, splashing around in the pools and taking snack breaks. We had the lookout of Yosemite Point all to ourselves and it was a dream. The falls were down to a trickle but I think that kept some people off the trail; it was pretty low trafficked thanks to the park occupancy restrictions as well. Incredibly rocky so coming down was a pain, be careful not to slip on gravel. Bring 3-4L water, trekking poles might be helpful. If you want to get in the pools for a refreshing swim, bring a bathing suit and/or change of clothes as well (don’t forget dry socks). This is definitely a challenge with the steepness throughout but it’s a rewarding day hike.

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David Beynet
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Tough but well worth it!!! Add on Yosemite lookout at the top for the cherry on top!

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Alex Alex Baker
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Enrico Canzonieri
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Ryan Cecile
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When they say “hard and steep” they mean it. 3,000+ ft climb starts from the get go. We parked our car at 6:40am near camp 4 and started up. We made it to the upper falls position at 10:30a. We were moving at a good pace and stopping intermittently. We then added the extra mile and went past the upper falls to Yosemite point. What an amazing view to be had. Round trip we made it back to the car by 1pm. Brought 3L of water and ran out with about a half hour left. Bring food and plenty of water and leave early otherwise you’ll face lots of crowds. Once you get past around 10am the path to the upper falls has little shade and when coming down we saw people stopped at most shady corners of switchbacks. If you’re looking for a challenge this one is it.

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John Riedy
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Not a trail for the faint of heart, but soooo worth the effort! Getting in the ice cold water at the top on a hot day is the second best payoff, lagging only behind the view you’ll get when you carry on the last .8 miles to the Point. Do NOT miss this. You came this far. Just do it!

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Sofia Szabo
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Jane Bozsik
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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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Leigh Files
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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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Larry Wick
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