Hike to Artist Point in Yosemite National Park

Pohono Trailhead

This short hike will take you away from the crowds at Tunnel View but will provide equally stunning views of Yosemite Valley.

Park at the Tunnel View parking lot. The Pohono Trail, which you fill follow for the first half mile, starts on the left side of Wawona Tunnel. You should notice a small path starting from the parking lot. The trail quickly ascends up a series of switchbacks before reaching a junction. If you continue straight and follow the Pohono Trail, you will eventually (after 12 miles) reach Glacier Point. Instead, turn left on to the old stagecoach road and begin a gradual descent. After another half mile you will come to a clearing with an open view of the valley below. A large boulder is conveniently located for you to sit and enjoy the view.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Comfortable Shoes
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Leave The Crowds At The Parking Lot

At times the parking lot at Tunnel View can resemble an amusement park gathering. Depending on when you go it will change your experience here. The perfect alternative to standing in the crowded parking lot is to do this quick hike. You'll notice that you lose the crowds in under a mile. No one from the tour buses is doing this hike. It's incredible to have the view of Half Dome and El Cap at your back while gaining elevation to the outlook.

Really Nice Walk

The views are amazing and it's so quiet compared to the other trails that it makes it so much worth it. Really beautiful views, once you reach the top just sit back and enjoy it.

Worth the Walk

Taking a bit of time to hike up to Artist Point is worth every second. Separating yourself from the tour buses and crowds to take in one of the most inspiring views around is definitely the way to go.


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