Stanford Point Trail
The Stanford Point Trail is another epic overlook of Yosemite Valley featuring amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and the Merced River running below. The Stanford Point Trail is yet another amazing adventure through the serene wilderness of Yosemite to an epic overlook of the granite oasis. Revel in the vistas of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, El Captain, and countless other granite peaks that line the horizon.
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Route Description for Stanford Point Trail
The Stanford Point Trail, though one of many scenic treks that boasts sweeping valley views, is one of the few treks in the valley that can be conquered year-round. This versatile trail can be enjoyed with a pair of snowshoes or microspikes in the winter months for a more demanding adventure. Wander through mixed pine forests up to the granite overlook, but don’t get too close to the edge! Note: the National Park charges an entrance fee; refer to the NPS website for the pricing guide.
Setting out from the Pohono Trailhead, your journey along the Stanford Point Trail begins with a steep climb to the southwest. Carefully navigate a set of seemingly never-ending switchbacks up to Inspiration Point, which reveals breathtaking views of the valley and Bridal Veil Falls. Departing from Inspiration Point, the path will curve east and continue to climb through an enchanting forest and some exposed terrain. Be sure to enjoy the sweet smell of the Jeffrey pines as you hike through the area.
Passing Old Inspiration Point and crossing over Meadow Brook, you will soon reach Stanford Point. Let the dramatic landscape overwhelm you, as you revel in the grandeur of the granite dome and peaks that line the horizon. After appreciating the scene, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.
Getting to the Stanford Point Trail Trailhead
The Stanford Point Trail departs from the Pohono Trailhead off Wawona Road near the Tunnel View.
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