“An east-west journey filled with panoramic viewpoints and few people.
— Tom Robson
Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The Glacier Point
Road closes due to snow, usually from sometime in November through late May or early June. There is no overnight parking on the Glacier Point
Road beyond Badger Pass after October 15; please plan accordingly.
Hikers can access the southern rim of the Valley with destinations like Bridalveil Creek and Taft Point
from the Wawona Tunnel or Glacier Point
. This trail travels west along the south rim of the Valley, leading to beautiful vistas, such as Sentinel Dome
, Taft Point
, Dewey Point
, and Inspiration Point.
Pohono is perfect for those interested in hiking a trail with fewer people AND stunning views. The spectacular peaks of the Clark Range are the backdrop to these vistas.
An optional 0.5 mile (0.8 km) side trail gains the summit of Sentinel Dome
after approximately 1 mile of hiking from Glacier Point
Most commonly used as a one-way (downhill) from Glacier Point
, the Pohono Trail rewards hikers with several viewpoints of Yosemite Valley from the south rim. East to west, these views include Taft Point
, Dewey Point
, Crocker Point, and Stanford Point.
Starting from Glacier Point
, head west on Pohono Trail. From here there is a short rise to an intersection with Sentinel Dome Trail
(take that if you're interested in a side trip). From Sentinel Dome
, Pohono undulates often, generally trending downhill, however.
Bypass the intersection at ~2.7mi with Taft Point
Connector and continue west. Be sure, however, not to miss Taft Point
itself. The views are stunning. From there, only McGurk Meadow Trail
and Dewey Point Trail
Of course, in classic Yosemite fashion, this hike's crescendo culminates at its end - Tunnel View
. Even though this trailhead is a crowded parking area it hosts absolutely stunning vistas of the surrounding Yosemite Valley.
Flora & Fauna
Longer trips such as this are generally characterized by rolling, forested terrain, meadows, wildflower extravaganzas, and fewer crowds.