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Pohono Trail

 9 votes


12.9 Miles 20.7 Kilometers



1,874' 571 m


-4,736' -1,443 m



Avg Grade (6°)


Max Grade (20°)

7,753' 2,363 m


4,424' 1,348 m



All Clear 84 days ago
Snowy, Mostly Dry - Snow in shade. Dry in sun. History

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An east-west journey filled with panoramic viewpoints and few people.

Tom Robson


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.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs


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 intersect Pohono.

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.


Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Feb 4, 2018
Giorgio Ricci
13.9mi — 6h 00m
Jan 17, 2018
Andrew Durran
Steep climb but well cut, went about 20mins above inspiration point. Awesome views. 3mi
Nov 23, 2017
Tilman Giese
Oct 4, 2017
Emily Feinberg
May 11, 2017
From Wawona to Dewey Point and back Lost for 3hs on the way back Found way back sun and sky oriented
Nov 15, 2016
Clint Morgenstern
Sep 26, 2016
Andy Markevicus
6h 30m
Apr 16, 2016
Nic Stauber

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Did this from the Tunnel a couple days ago. A very strenuous hike in that direction - hadn't researched it well and was surprised by how much uphill work. Certainly a beautiful hike. Took just over 7 hours but I would incorporate more down time if I did it again. Took about 5 quarts of liquid and almost finished it. A great hike if you want a challenge and are in decent shape. Aug 28, 2016

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