Hike to Artist Point in Yosemite National Park

Pohono Trailhead, Mariposa County, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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.

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  • Comfortable Shoes
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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.

9 months ago
9 months ago

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.

11 months ago
11 months ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Definitely a nice break away from the crowds. Luckily we had this spot to ourselves. View is just astonishing!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Artist Point will allow you to enjoy Tunnel View without the traffic. You get to hike upon an old stagecoach road and upon reaching Artist Point, you get to enjoy the view while the tour buses collect far below you!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The view that you are given as you emerge from the mile long tunnel will simply take your breath away. It is this view that has me coming back time after time. Put it on your bucket list.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Sarah Giek Explorer

Teacher by day. Explorer by weekend.

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