Washburn Point, Yosemite National Park

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  • The Washburn Point Lookout allows for great views of the western part of Yosemite Park. Besides 'Half Dom', you can see the upper part of the Merced River, which forms the valley of the Yosemite Park.  more »
  • Washburn point is the first amazing view of Half Dome that you experience when driving up Glacier Point Road, en route to Glacier Point. I actually prefer this viewpoint to that of Glacier Point, as.....  more »
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  • This was by far my favorite view in the park!! It was absolutely amazing! We only had a day in Yosemite so we didn't see everything, but this was one our last stops and was by far my favorite. The view was spectacular! Visit this area if you can, you will not be disappointed!
  • I really love this spot for views of Half Dome at sunset and dusk. There’s a parking lot big enough that it never feels overrun like nearby spots do and because nearby spots are so busy and thought to be so much better, Washburn feels like a welcome relief from crowds. Definitely arrive early enough to scout your spot or couple of spots. Several waterfalls give the view from this vista an otherworld, almost fairy tale-like feel and it gives you a lot of composition options. Don’t discount Washburn just because the crowds do. One caveat, it’s not the best spot for photographing the Milky Way at night over Labor Day weekend, which doesn’t line up with Half Dome and from this spot doesn’t give you a very interesting foreground for Milky Way sky photos. But like I said, it’s great for Golden Hour, sunset and dusk on Labor Day weekend especially if arrive before the line of the setting sun covers the Half Dome side of the valley wall.
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