Lookout Point is a great destination for those who want a bird’s eye view of everything that Yosemite has to offer. Its excellent viewpoint of San Francisco’s water supply, O’Shaughnessy Dam, and Wapama falls all give hikers some great photo opportunities, all without having to put too much work into it. Add in the gorgeous landscape, blue skies for miles around, and, of course, the classic Yosemite feel, and it becomes a viable destination for those who want to see a side of Yosemite that most forget about.
Difficulty and Hiking Distance
At only 2.8 miles long—and with only 500 feet of elevation gain—you aren’t looking at too difficult of a hike. More than anything, it’s a pleasant walk which gives you some nice vantage points as well as a tranquil walk through the forest. Thrill seekers may be disappointed, but it’s still worth it if you are just out for a walk.
You won’t be seeing many hikers here at Lookout Point, so you may have the whole area to yourself. This provides a bit of privacy, and, in our opinion, really brings out the whole “lost in nature” sort of viewpoint that you want when visiting a national park.
When to Come
When the terrain is green, and the Wapama Falls flow heavily, this is when you should visit Lookout Point. Otherwise, you may find this trail a bit lacking on the scenery end.