Olmsted Point looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east. If you're entering the park from Lee Vining on Tioga Road, this is a must-stop viewpoint.
Place Category: Forests + Wilderness
Climbing from 5,000 feet at Donnell Reservoir to the 11,400 foot Sonora Peak, the Carson-Iceberg contains comparatively few lakes but many deep river canyons lush with riparian vegetation. With almost a third of the precipitation of the wetter western slope, eastern plant life of pinon and juniper subsists on 15 inches of water a year with most of that falling as snow.