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“Not for the faint hearted”
Review of Taft Point

Taft Point
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
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Suffolk, England
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“Not for the faint hearted”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

This is a short hike from a parking area, reached by heading along the road to Glacier Point. It is worth getting up early so as to avoid the crowds that invariably arrive later in the morning. The parking lot is not big so parking is at a premium.
The hike itself is not long and not difficult, with the exception of the last section which could be a little steep for some. However, the view is one that I consider to be the most amazing. At the very end point, there are some railings. If you are bold enough go and stand next to them. It is worth it. If you are scared of heights, then don't!
On returning to the parking lot, you may then want to consider taking the other hiking route that takes you to Sentinel Dome.

Visited September 2012
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“Can't recommend it highly enough - awesome, in the truest sense of the word”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I can't believe this only has three reviews. It is absolutely a must see in Yosemite. The views of the valley from above are breath taking; both times we have been (October and May) we have been the only people there for at least part of the time. It's a lovely, and not too strenuous, walk out to the viewpoint from the car park. If it's sunny, you're walking through forest for most of it so it's not too hot.

I can't recommend this enough. If you're in Yosemite and able to get there and do the walk (as others have mentioned, it would not be possible for anyone in a wheelchair for example) please go. You won't be disappointed.

Visited October 2011
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“My favorite Yosemite hike”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

It's easy with only about 200 feet elevation change. It's short (2.2 miles round trip). And it's got jaw droppingly stunning views. Admittedly, the hike there and back is pleasant but nothing exceptional. A nice walk through the trees. But, boy, once you get there it is fabulous.

We lucked out and had the viewpoint to ourselves for a while. You can also walk a little farther (going to your left as you're looking down in to the valley) for more gorgeous views.

If at all possible, go early in the season while Yosemite Falls is roaring.

Visited June 2012
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Long Island, NY
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“A rarely visited gem”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

When visiting Yosemite everyone takes the Glacier Point Road to the end to see Glacier Point. On the way there, there is a small parking lot with trailheads to Sentinel Dome or Taft Point. We took the hike to Taft Point. After a short hike of 1.1 miles through small meadows and pine forests you come out at Taft Point. Unlike Glacier Point, there are no railings or facilities. You can walk right to the cliffs ledge, and look 3,000 feet down. I didn't think I was afraid of heights, until I got to the ledge. It was total exhilaration! The views of the valley were breathtaking. Also at the point, are formations called the fissures. They are cracks in the granite, that drop thousands of feet. Afterwards you can head to Glacier Point to get a bite to eat and something to drink. You exercised you deserve it.

PS. the best way to stay grounded at the ledge is to get on your belly and just stick your head out over the cliff

Visited July 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“Short hike leads you to fissures looking down 2000 feet to Yosemite Valley”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

This is my FAVORITE hike. It's short (just 1.1 miles each way); it's mostly level with only 200 feet elevation change; there is a definite end point (cliff edge), awe-inspiring views, and a hint of danger and excitement. It's also not TOO crowded because you have to drive up Glacier Point Road and walk about 1 mile.

On this hike, you will see a series of fissures where you can see rocks wedged in-between. The end point is the edge of a cliff where you can look down 2000 feet to Yosemite Valley. There is a fence that looks very shaky so many people crawl up to the edge. And if you have young children, you have to HOLD THEIR HANDS. Please remember -- keep them in check because they can fall over the cliffs. If you're not sure about their impulse control -- do not go on this hike.

But for older kids, this hike is definitely worth it. And if you 1.2 miles round-trip is not long enough, you can combine a visit on Taft Point to a scramble up Sentinel Dome and do both in a 3+ mile loop.

Logistics -- The trailhead is about 13.6 miles up Glacier Point Road on the left so watch for cars when turning in. The parking lot is small so get there early to get parking. The road is closed for winter and typically opens late May through October. If you hike early in the season, there might be still snow on the ground so the trail can be hard to follow. Remember to veer right and cross a little creek at the beginning of the trail and you should be fine. This trail is not wheelchair accessible. So those who can't do this hike can drive a few minutes to Glacier Point and get similar views (albeit behind concrete barriers).

Visited June 2012
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