Olmsted Point

Lee Vining, California

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Olmsted Point is on a polished granite dome with scattered Jeffrey pines, lodgepole pines and glacial erratics. The randomly strewn boulders were left behind after the glaciers retreated more than 10,000 years ago. This short hike begins from a scenic overlook with interpretive panels describing the geologic and scenic features. The trail leads to an 8,400-foot glaciated knoll with breathtaking views. The scenic vistas extend down Tenaya Canyon to the 9,926-foot Clouds Rest, a rounded back view of Half Dome, Mount Watkins, Polly Dome, Tenaya Lake, the domes and peaks of the Tuolumne Meadows region, and the Sierra Crest on the eastern boundary of Yosemite.
Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park

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Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Olmsted Point is on a polished granite dome with scattered Jeffrey pines, lodgepole pines and glacial erratics. The randomly strewn boulders were left behind after the glaciers retreated more than 10,000 years ago. This short hike begins from a scenic overlook with interpretive panels describing the geologic and scenic features. The trail leads to an 8,400-foot glaciated knoll with breathtaking views. The scenic vistas extend down Tenaya Canyon to the 9,926-foot Clouds Rest, a rounded back view of Half Dome, Mount Watkins, Polly Dome, Tenaya Lake, the domes and peaks of the Tuolumne Meadows region, and the Sierra Crest on the eastern boundary of Yosemite.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lee Vining
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 20 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: USGS Tenaya Lake
Topo Map: Olmsted Point Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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