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Tunnel View

Tunnel View

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Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on California State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive … See more

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Jan 10, 2023
Driving through Yosemite is a pleasure all the time, with a new sight tasking your breath away at every turn. And then you emerge from the tunnel to see the one view that is more stunning than any ot… Full review by SteveK28762
Jan 5, 2023
Great place to take a photo of the valley. Beautiful place for a sunset and even better if you hike about 15-20 minutes up the trail at the back of the parking lot. Full review by Joy_lee21
Nov 28, 2022
Easy drive. We had no issue parking but I imagine it can be difficult to park at times. Honestly, it doesn't seem like this would be a big deal but then you get there and it's pretty awe inspiring.… Full review by 2BEis2SKI

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Backpack Yosemite's South Rim
Be captivated by breath-taking views along the entire South Rim of Yosemite Valley as you pass Stanford, Crocker, Dewey, Taft, and Glacier Point on this beautiful one night, two day backpacking trip.Step 1: Get Wilderness Permit from the Wilderness Office the day before! Permits are free and required. This trail is a Point-to-Point trail so make sure you have a shuttle situation figured out. The best option is to get dropped off at Tunnel View so that you don't have to find parking or find a way to get your car after the hike. I would also suggest starting in the later afternoon for the first day of this hike. The first day doesn't involve too many miles, the temperatures will be cooler, and getting to Dewey Point right at sunset is a perfect end to the first day of hiking! From Tunnel view, you can find the trail head in the little parking lot on the opposite side of the road from herds of people. Head up the Pohono Trail, and follow signs to Inspiration Point as you quickly gain elevation up to the Rim. After Inspiration Point the trail heads into a dense forest as it continues to switchback up to the rim. There are a lot of downed trees in this section of the trail so be prepared to step over logs and take small detours to get around the bigger trees. Once you get up on the rim you will soon reach Standford Point. This marks just about 4 miles on the trail and to get to the point itself it is just a slight off trail walk. You will definitely want to take the extra time to experience Standford Point! From Standford Point continue on the Pohono Trail to Crocker Point and then Dewey Point. You can camp at either of these points. We slept at Dewey Point, and had a perfect camp spot right on the rim, however Dewey Point can get pretty busy, so if you want to be away from everyone spending the night at Crocker Point is also incredible! Wake up for sunrise. Day 2 will take you away from the rim before you get to Taft Point. When we hiked this section of the trail it snowed on us the whole day and we were in the clouds. So be prepared for anything. However being up in the clouds all day was unreal. It is just over 8 miles from Dewey to Glacier Point. You will start by heading away from the rim and into beautiful forests and meadows and across a couple rivers/creeks. There are lots of downed trees in this section of the trail as well so again be ready for that. After a few miles through the forest, you will pop out at Taft Point. After looking over the edge there, get back on the trail towards Glacier Point. You will soon get to a junction where I would suggest staying left so you can walk along the rim below Sentinel Dome. You are almost to the end of the Pohono Trail and will finish off this trail by dropping down a bit to Glacier Point. There is a gift shop, bathrooms, and water refill at Glacier Point so this makes for a nice lunch stop before you head down 4-Mile Trail to the Valley. So after spending some time relaxing at Glacier Point, find signs for 4-Mile Trail and then follow this trail. It's all downhill and lots of switchbacks until you are down on the Valley Floor.
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