"New Inspiration Point" was my initial point of confusion here. I've rarely seen the designation used before, possibly it just sounds better than Tunnel View. It wasn't clear to me at the time I posted that the OP didn't mean "new inspiration", but was simply playing on the book's description of the photo location. That was my sole motivation in attempting incorrectly to identify geographical points from inspiration. I believe inspiration can be found anywhere in Yosemite, the Sierra, California, the world, the universe, or in a garbage dump in Calcutta – new or old.
Indeed, my casually written sentence attempting to decipher the OP's intent, was incorrect – the link given to yosemitehikes.com, not a Yosemite National Park site, being substantially correct. My fault for consulting my 30+ year old memory of a place and a trail I have hiked and skied at least a few times, rather than one of my many published maps. "Old" ROL had incorrectly adjective-ized "Old" before Inspiration Point (doing that a lot lately) in a faulty attempt to distinguish between it and Tunnel View as places of "inspiration". Inspiration Point (not "Old"), despite my generally accurate description of its views, is not on the old carriage road. The Pohono Trail crosses the road on the way up to Inspiration Point from the tunnel. Old Inspiration Point, rarely visited, lies nearer the South Rim, about a mile east of Inspiration Point, accessible from the Pohono Trail.
At this point, my main interest in attempting correct identification arises from the sometimes "unknown" locations of pioneer photographers such as Watkins or Fiske, be understood in terms of the actual geography of the Park. I hope anyone coming upon this thread will research for themselves correct locations of historical photographs, AA included. As a help, one of many resources I might suggest is Yosemite Place Names (1988), by Peter Browning. Incidentally, under the heading of Inspiration Point, he states, "What is called 'Old Inspiration Point' was actually 'Mount Beatitude'. It is somewhat depressing rather than inspiring to know that there are eighteen places in California named Inspiration Point."
Last edited by ROL; 05-16-2012 at 12:47 PM. Click to view previous post history.