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Olmsted Point, Yosemite National Park

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Take a short and easy hike to Olmsted Point and absorb the awe-inspiring views of Tenaya Canyon and Tenaya Lake enveloped by granite domes. The parking itself offers striking views of the surrounding hillsides dotted with glacial erratic boulders. If you are lucky enough to run into a ranger, ask to borrow a telescope to take a close view of the adventurous souls scaling Half Dome and Clouds Rest below. Note that the nearest restrooms are at the lake, more than 2 km (1.5 mi) to the east. See Olmsted Point and all Yosemite National Park has to offer by arranging your trip with our Yosemite National Park route planning app.
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  • Driving Tioga Pass, this was our first sighting of Half Dome. Small parking lot, but didn’t have a problem finding a spot. Magnificent views. 
    Driving Tioga Pass, this was our first sighting of Half Dome. Small parking lot, but didn’t have a problem finding a spot. Magnificent views.  more »
  • Plenty of parking to view wonderful scenery. You can climb on the rocks and there are steps going down to a path. Walk the entire length of the sidewalk to view different parts of the park. 
    Plenty of parking to view wonderful scenery. You can climb on the rocks and there are steps going down to a path. Walk the entire length of the sidewalk to view different parts of the park.  more »
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  • Absolutely worth the stop. Was hot down low, COLD here! Like the kids didn't get out of the car cold. Super windy. Not too busy but always some folks around. Good views. A little climb but not hard, maybe a 2 outta 10 to get to top and check out best view. Would stop by again if out there.
  • If you are doing Tioga pass, this is the ONE place you must not miss. The views down the valley are spectacular. Early morning you get the sun on Half Dome, but its in the afternoon, about 4pm when the sun is right down the valley, you get the best pictures. If you have a good magnification on your camera, you can even see the wires going up the side of Half Dome. Definitely not to be missed.

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