Washburn Point

Visitor enjoying the view with Half Dome in the background
Washburn Point

Quick Facts

Recycling, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

Enjoy this beautiful overlook that provides views of Half Dome and the eastern crest of the Sierra Nevada.

From this vantage point, visitors can take in the "giant staircase" waterfalls - Nevada and Vernal - and also Illilouette Fall. The point is named for the Washburn brothers, who built the first road from Wawona to Yosemite Valley.


Open to vehicles from approximately late May through October or November.
From mid-December through March, cross-country skiers can experience this view after skiing 10.5 miles, conditions permitting.

Getting Here

Located along the Glacier Point Road, near Glacier Point. From Yosemite Valley or Wawona, take the Wawona Road (Highway 41), then turn east onto Glacier Point Road.

Rules & Regulations

  • Vehicles longer than 30 feet and vehicles pulling trailers are not allowed past Sentinel Dome parking lot.
  • The Glacier Point Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking is prohibited beginning October 15. For current road and weather information, please call 209/372-0200.

Hazards & Warnings

All park animals are potentially dangerous. They may bite or scratch, and can spread disease. Please do not feed animals.


There is one designated accessible parking spot at the north end of the lot.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: April 5, 2024