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  • doublemdoublet
    Clifton, Virginia1,092 contributions
    M A R C H of the B R I D E S
    On a Friday afternoon - Not a Saturday - I passed no fewer than 10 Brides headed to the Point for Sunset Wedding Portraits. Some in Wedding Gowns with Groom and photographers in tow. Others with full wedding parties, lugging coolers and valet bags. The most Congratulatory Hike full of beautiful brides and grooms I've ever been on and also, as reviews indicate, one of Yosemite's best views. TIP: You won't see a bride on this trail in 2022. The Road will be closed for repairs for the entire season.
    Written August 9, 2021
  • MCHE88
    Houston, Texas57 contributions
    Yosemite Must Do!
    We enjoyed this view the most in Yosemite. We went here first then to Glacier point thinking Glacier point would be the best considering all the reviews. Taft point is way better. We got there at about 7am and the parking lot was about 60% full. By the time we left at 10am, the lot was full and people parked along the street and had to walk up/down to get to the trails. The trail is fairly easy with lots of shade along the way but there are a few steep hills on the way back that can take your breath away especially with the altitude.
    Written July 19, 2021
  • Matt N
    Moorpark, California78 contributions
    A MUST SEE if you're visiting Yosemite
    Trail Specs:: Distance: 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round trip Elevation at trailhead: 7,700 feet (2,345 meters) Taft Point Elevation: 7,500 feet (2,285 meters) Elevation Change: 200 feet (60 meters) descent Hiking Time: 1 - 2 hours The cliff and multiple 'diving board' like outcrops will take your breath away! There are spectacular views of the valley with a particularly epic view of El Capitan. If you bring binoculars and are patient with a steady hand you can spot climbers charging up El Cap. We linked this with Sentinel Dome. You can hike East around the southern rim of the Valley to Sentinel and then loop back to the parking lot heading South from Sentinel. The Taft / Sentinel loop was about 6 miles and has a lot more elevation change than just walking to Taft and back to the parking lot. Parking is at the trailhead. The lot shares the trailhead with Sentinel Dome and often fills up, so parked cars tend to fan out along the shoulders of Glacier Point Road, effectively adding another 16 miles of parking Accessible only when Glacier Point Road is open, which is roughly June - October. Outhouse bathrooms are at the trailhead.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2016
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Blueforce01
Tongeren, Belgium50 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
To reach Taft Point take the Glacier Point road. About 1,5 mile before Glacier point, you'll see a parking lot left of the road called "Sentinel - Taft Point Parking". It's a small parking with space for about 25 cars. There are some extra spaces along the road. There is a restroom at the parking but no water facilities. we took about 1,5 liter of water per person along the trail. The summer sun is very hot at the last part of the trail (no trees to provide shadow) so we were happy we did. Also sun cream factor 30 or more is a must.

Acces to the trail is in the middle of the parking lot. After 20 feet the trail splits. Go left to reach "Taft Poiint". It's a 1,5 mile walk. When you start on the trail, the walk is pretty flattened through a pine forest. After about 1 mile the forest opens and you'll reach a trail split. Follow left to taft point. After a few steps you'll start walking for about 0,3 mile on a rocky path towards taft point. The last 400 feet go up to Taft Point but are quite easy to do, even with kids. For those afraid of heights there's one look out protected by a fence, but the most spectacular view is just left of it. You'll get a good view on El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Return to the trail split. You can continue down the way you came to reach the parking lot. or you can turn left to hike towards 'sentinel dome'. This requires an additional 4 mile hike. Af first the trail stays in the forest and descends. After a while the trail starts climbing and you'll start walking on the ridge with great views on the Valley. The trail stays at all times safely away from the ridge (at least 15 feet) you can do this with children. The trail continues up and down through a pine forest. (Chances are you'll see a bear as we did). After about 1.5 miles the forest thickens and you start your way up to Sentinel Dome. The last part is steeper but not so difficult. You'll arrive at the base of the Dome t the point where this trail joins the one coming directly from the parking lot. Continue up the dome. On your way back down you can take the direct trail to the parking lot.
Written July 25, 2016
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Michael F
Winter Haven, FL153 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I am out of shape and have pulmonary hypertension, which makes breathing hard. In 4 hours, I hiked to Taft Point and then to Sentinel Dome. Both spots are very worth the effort. Amazing views. The best 'bang for your buck' - fantastic view with minimal hiking effort. You can do it.
Written June 19, 2019
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CruisingClarkes
Billericay, England, United Kingdom111 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This was a really good walk through pretty woods to the amazing views at Taft Point. When we got there, we found a group of slack liners preparing ropes over the insanely high gorge/valley and enjoyed watching them bounce and jump along the ropes - quite mad but they were tied on at least. The views are amazing up there, but so high and steep - we read that a couple sadly fell taking selfies and it's easy to see how this could happen. But well worth the walk - stunning views. Felt further than the advertised 1 or 1.5miles or whatever it said from the car park.
Written November 14, 2018
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RoseTroy3
Bridgeport, AL789 contributions
Nov 2014 • Friends
This was our favorite part of our Yosemite trip and we almost forgot about it! We had one day left and decided if Tioga Pass was closed (it was mid Nov. when we went) we would go to Taft Point. When we pulled into the parking lot (on the left going to Glacier Point) we were discouraged be the amount of cars there. Well, they must have taken the hike to Sentinel Dome because when we hiked to Taft Point only a dozen people were there.

It is 1.2 miles to either Taft Point or Sentinel Dome and we chose Taft Point and were amazed at the views. The hike there isn't bad and you pass under moss covered evergreens and see a pristine forest. You emerge into a rocky landscape that overlooks Yosemite Valley. Most of the rocky overlooks do not have railings and is just as nature intended. There is one overlook that has a thin railing and that is it! We loved the majestic views of El Capitan and the valley below.

It wasn't until this trip that my sister discovered she had a fear of "extreme heights" and wouldn't go to any of the overlooks except one. There is a section where you can literally squeeze between two rocks and come out on a protected overlook (it even had grass growing there). I convinced her to come out there, so hopefully someone who is afraid of heights can find this area and get to see the awesome views of the valley below.
Written February 22, 2015
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tamura3d
Novato, CA105 contributions
Aug 2019
The crowds can be heavy at Glacier Point particularly during the summer. Another great view of Yosemite Valley from the rim can be seen from Taft Point about halfway on the drive out to Glacier Point. From the parking on Glacier Point Rd (pit toilet available) it is a 1.1 mile hike with no elevation gain. You will see the length of the Valley directly across from El Capitan with a good view of Yosemite Falls. In addition, along the trail to the point, you will pass by the Fissures, breaks in the solid granite cliffs that you can peer down into and that drop several hundred feet. A perfect short hike requiring little effort and with a great panaramic payoff at the end! Highly recommended.
Written August 14, 2019
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Rachel H
Raleigh, NC138 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Taft point is only around a 1 mile hike if you drive to the trailhead. The view here is really amazing and the point is truly beautiful. Easy hike that just about anyone can do from the trailhead.
Written November 15, 2018
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BP_Cali
Sacramento, CA13 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
little known spot for sunsets, and even better in my opinion than the whole drive to glacier point. 1.1 mi easy flat hike to Taft point. Allow enough time to hike the 20-30min to the point, and bring a headlamp or flashlight on way back to car. Reg shoes can often make this little hike.
Written May 24, 2018
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Ty L
Mountain View, CA411 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
If you are going to Sentinel Dome, it makes sense to do Taft Point as well. Nice hike through wooded terrain before hiking around fissures then a short climb up to Taft Point.

Now here is where you get amazing views, but also not for the feint of heart. The actual "Taft Point" has a small railing, but if you have any fear of heights you probably wont want to get close.

I wouldn't advise small kids let alone teens unless they are very responsible and focused on the path as the fissures do jut out and its a long way down
Written August 15, 2017
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Jason S
27 contributions
Jun 2015
We took a 2 week trip to Olympic National Park, Yosemite, and Zion National Park. Olympic area was the best of the bunch in our opinion. So diverse. Coming in 2nd was Taft and Sentinel Dome at Yosemite. In our 3 days at Yosemite, the Sentinel and Taft Dome hikes were amongst the top of the list. We did Glacier Point and the Panorama Trail and while that was nice, it was long and somewhat taxing. The Sentinel and Taft were perfect. We ran across some bears and deer on these two hikes. The bear made us a little nervous. It appeared to be a cub so we were on the lookout for momma bear. The views are breathtaking and amazing. We will forever remember the Sentinel and Taft Dome hikes. You can do them together as one big hike or separate smaller hikes. We tried to do Taft Dome at sunset but just missed it. With the sighting of the bear on a previous nearby hike, hiking back in the dark wasn't our cup of tea...and even though we left slightly before sunset, it was dark by the time we got back to the car. We could still see the effect that the setting sun had on the view however...which was spectacular. Sentinel and Taft both have amazing views, each uniquely their own. We would do these two hikes in a heartbeat! Not for the faint at heart. Sentinel has 360 degree views with pretty high altitude relatively speaking. Taft has some neat drop offs and look out points.
Written December 28, 2015
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Springpatch
Nixa, MO73 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
This hike offers phenomenal views for relatively minor hiking. We took the trail from the parking lot and the hike was an easy downhill stroll. The views at the end of the trail are nothing short of spectacular. I've never seen a place that has such pure vertical drops of that height. The last step-up before reaching the little rail section reveals a panoramic view of the valley with a great view of El Cap. The only thing it does not offer is a view of Half Dome, but you can get that from Sentinel Dome or Glacier Point. If you have the nerve, take a look over the rail. It almost made me feel paralyzed; stunning.

This was one of our favorite places in Yosemite and we only came across 10 other hikers, much less congested than the Valley trails. On the way back, we opted to yield to the left and took the Pohono trail to Sentinel Dome for sunset. More and more awesome views. Highly recommended.
Written August 9, 2015
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