Hike the Pohono Trail from Tunnel View to Stanford and Crocker Points
This hike was all about the view and there were a few dandies, not to mention a good workout as I earned 3,415 to see those gorgeous views along the Pohono trail.
Where: Yosemite National Park
Distance: 8.79 miles
Difficulty: moderate to intense
Elevation range: 4,384 â² – 7,087 â²
Elevation gain: 3,415
Date: November 12, 2021
CALTOPO: Pohono Trail from Tunnel View to Stanford and Crocker Points
Canine hiking? No
I parked my vehicle in the upper parking lot at the east end of the Wawona tunnel and the trailhead started east of that parking area. I climbed the stone staircase that led me to the Pohono Trail.
The trail was well marked at the junctions and I followed the signs to Crocker Point. The trail crosses the old Wawona Stage Road after about half a mile and the direction can be a bit confusing if you’re not careful but I kept following the signs. The Old Wawona Road was built around 1875 and was a toll road that took passengers from the Wawona Hotel to Yosemite Valley. After a huge project that lasted twenty-nine months, including blasting over 4,200 feet of granite, the Wawona Tunnel opened in 1933. The Wawona Road was then shortened and rerouted through the new tunnel.
Early in the morning I got glimpses of Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome as the trail climbed through the trees.
Most of the deciduous leaves had fallen from the trees, covering the trail.
Soon the trail was emerging from the trees for a short distance, revealing some magnificent views.
The trail was well marked, but you had to be careful as it was covered in so many leaves.
Lots of trees had fallen on the trail, some really huge, but the trail crews had done an amazing job getting them off the trail. There were a few newer small trees on the other side of the trail, but I couldn’t get over anything. Well, maybe we made a little extra effort.
What a surprise to see these willows literally shining in the morning light?
I had originally planned to go to Dewey Point, but when I approached Crocker Point (elevation 7,090 â²) I guess I got lazy and decided it would be a wonderful place to stay. stop, take in the view and have an early lunch. Yosemite Valley place names by Richard J. Hartesveldt says that although there are two Crockers for which the point could have been named, it is probably for Charles Crocker of the Central Railroad, since the point west of it is named Stanford Point , according to Crocker’s partner Leland Stanford.
As I sat on my rock, I took a closer look at the steep rock face to my southeast. This gigantic slab looked like pure rock, but when I looked closely at it, the trees had somehow acquired enough anchorage to survive in small cracks. Beautiful!
I also checked out the views of the area above Foresta and the Devil’s Dancefloor.
It was time to go back down by crossing some very small coves.
On the way down I made a quick stop at Stanford Point (elevation 5,246). Yosemite Valley place names by Richard J. Hartesveld said he was probably named for Leland Stanford of Central Pacific Railroad fame and later Governor of California. A place called “Point of view of silence” is indicated on the first maps in the same locality and can be the same point.
I walked cautiously in some green areas as they could be a bit slippery going downhill.
Almost all the way down I noticed a dogwood tree hanging from its fall colored leaves.
Then, one last view on the way down.
I like to do this hike after a new snowfall blankets the high country as those White Mountains really highlight the view from the points. It can also be a good snowshoe hike, although you have to pack or carry your snowshoes in the first part, and you will be generously rewarded with the view. Once the Badger Pass opens, you can also snowshoe or ski to Dewey Point. But no matter how or when you do it, the views from each of these points are incredibly beautiful. You look straight into the valleys and far into the high country. My camera just can’t do it justice.
Canine hiking? No
Dogs are not allowed on the Tunnel View Trail.
Where animals are not allowed
- On trails, including the trail to Vernal Fall (however, pets are allowed on the Wawona Meadow Loop)
- On snow-covered roads without snow
- In undeveloped and wild areas
- In public buildings
- In the shuttles
- In accommodation areas
- In all campsites / walk-in and group campsites, including Camp 4
- In any other area, as signed
These regulations protect both pets and wildlife from disease and against each other. The National Park Service has banned pets from the trails for many years. In particular, some pets hunt wildlife, pollute water sources, and can become defensive and dangerous in unfamiliar surroundings. Pet owners have the onus of ensuring that their pet does not damage the values ââof the park for others in areas where pets are allowed.
What is a doarama? This is a video playback of the GPS track superimposed on an interactive 3-dimensional map. If you âgrabâ the map, you can tilt or rotate it and look at it from different viewing angles. With the rabbit and turtle buttons, you can also speed it up, slow it down or pause it.
Hike the Pohono Trail from Tunnel View to Stanford, Crocker and Dewey Points Doarama
Card and profile:
CALTOPO has free options for mapping and here’s a link to my hike this week, which you can view or download: CALTOPO: Pohono Trail from Tunnel View to Stanford and Crocker Points
Schaffer, Jeffrey P. Yosemite National Park, Complete Hiker Guide. Berkeley, Calif .: Wilderness Press, May 2008. Pages 290-292.
Yosemite Valley place names
Hartesveldt, Richard J. Place Names of Yosemite Valley. 1955
Previous blogs in this area:
Hiked the Pohono Trail from Tunnel View to Stanford, Crocker and Dewey Points November 26, 2018
Hike from Tunnel View to Dewey Point January 12, 2018
View from tunnel to Dewey Point hike January 8, 2014