Inspiration Point Hike Photos
Although this is not one of my top recommendations for people visiting the park, it can be a convenient excursion. After all, “Tunnel View” is one of the most popular roadside stops in the park. Here are some photos of my Inspiration Point hike, albeit on a cloudy day.
Essentially, you can leave your car parked in the lot below and start climbing to this viewpoint right away. It’s convenient for those who want to do a hike, but don’t want to battle summer traffic through the valley.
The interesting thing about this trail is that the best views are along the way, not at the destination. The terrain is heavily forested and shaded almost the entire way.
Trail photos – Inspiration Point Hike
However, at a certain point there is a break in the trees, and you are treated to a beautiful, iconic view of Yosemite Valley in front of you.
As you can see in the photo above, on this particular day in late May, storm clouds began to roll in. While it may not be ideal weather for taking pictures, it can be fun to capture some of Yosemite’s various moods.
After some time, thick clouds had completely blanketed the valley. To be honest, I’m not sure if I actually made it to Yosemite Point itself, because there didn’t seem to be a marker or clearly defined viewing area.
As mentioned before, the consensus seems to be that the views are actually best on the way up here. One thing to note: You can start this hike from Tunnel View or from the old trail, which starts climbing near the road at Bridalveil Fall. The latter is what I chose to do. This route may even provide the best results.
Overall, if you’re not visiting in peak summer – and have more time, I recommend a more rewarding hike such as May Lake or North Dome. Definitely do pull the car over at Tunnel View, though. You’re basically getting the same view as you do up here.
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I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.