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Dewey Point

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful route through the forests to a lookout point over Yosemite Valley


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8.0

Miles

12.8

KM

Lollipop

7,572' 2,308 m

High

7,241' 2,207 m

Low

835' 255 m

Up

834' 254 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

During the winter months, this route takes you through deep, snow-covered meadows, and through enchanting forests to a spectacular lookout at Dewey Point. The return route takes a singletrack along the Dewey Point Ridge Trail with twists, turns and uphill sections but rewards with views towards the east hills.

Description

This route was taken in the winter, and is thus described as a show shoe. Be prepared for the weather if you decide to visit!

From the Badger Pass Cross-Country center, take the trail around the edge of the car park to Glacier Point Road. After 1.3 miles you'll reach the turn-off to the left to take the route via Dewey Point Meadows for 2.7 miles to Dewey Point. The views across Yosemite Valley are incredible, including Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Cathedral Rocks, Cathedral Spires, Leaning Tower, the Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Three Brothers, and Mount Hoffman.

Return along the same trail for 1 mile, retracing your steps back to where the trail forks. From here, take the right-hand fork for the Dewey Point Ridge Trail. This takes you along the ridge back to Glacier Point Road with some great views across the Central Valley with Mount Diablo being visible on clear days.

After 2.2 miles, take Glacier Point Road back to Badger Pass.

The total distance is 8.3 miles with 1077ft elevation gain - most of it on the Dewey Point Ridge Trail section. In snowshoes, the total time for a typical outing is around 6.5 hours with an hour for lunch and plentiful stops to admire the scenery.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

Graham Lambert with improvements by Jason Doedderlein

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  4.7 from 7 votes

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A view from Crocker Point over the edge. You can see Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, 3 Brothers, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, and other famous formations. It's a great view looking back up the valley.
Mar 5, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Dewey Point with El Capitan in the background.
Feb 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
View from Dewey Point over Yosemite Valley.
Feb 11, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Dewey Point Meadows.
Sep 24, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Bridal Veil Falls is spectacular from Dewey Point.
May 17, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
Kicking back at Dewey Point, Yosemite.
Aug 25, 2019 near Yosemit…, CA

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Jan 17, 2020
Viktor Metzler
Cross-country skiing on this trail was a blast. returned over the meadows not making the loop. 8mi — 3h 45m
Jan 12, 2020
Xi Zhang
8mi — 3h 00m
Mar 30, 2019
Miwa Takaki
Mar 25, 2019
Lei Feng
Check weather before driving to the ski resort which leads to the trailhead. Snow is packed and snowshoe is not really necessary. The view is beaut…
Jan 19, 2019
Diego Chavez
Dec 23, 2018
Rafael Maciel
Mar 19, 2018
Swagath Manda
Snowshoeing to Dewey Point 8mi
Jun 1, 2017
Matt Buzza