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Taft Point

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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  • Trail to Taft Point.- Taft Point
  • Trail to Taft Point.- Taft Point
  • On the edge of the south rim.- Taft Point
  • Quite a bit of exposure here. Unlike Glacier Point, the Taft Point area is almost fully devoid of guardrails.- Taft Point
  • The promintory of Taft Point juts out into space, 3,500 feet above the valley floor. The monolith of El Capitan stands proudly in the background.- Taft Point
  • Yosemite Valley and El Capitan as seen from near The Fissures.- Taft Point
  • A close-up of The Fissures.- Taft Point
  • Taft Point.- Taft Point
  • Taft Point.- Taft Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hike along the edge of the south rim. The Fissures. Thrilling vista.
Cons: 
Exposure may be problematic for some.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
7,740 ft (2,359 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
230 ft (70 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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With less notoriety and fewer visitors than nearby Glacier Point, Taft Point is the other vista precipice that sits on Yosemite’s south rim. Rising 3,500 feet above the valley floor, Taft Point is actually 300 feet taller than Glacier Point. The absence of guardrails gives this granite promontory more of a wild and exposed feeling than its counterpart located a couple miles east down Glacier Point Road. 

Taft Point offers one of the better views of western Yosemite Valley and of the vertical granite walls of famed El Capitan. Before reaching Taft Point proper, you may notice deep vertical gashes in the granite near the cliff's edge that drop through the rock providing views to the floor a more than a thousand feet below. These notable landmarks are called The Fissures. The exposure around both Taft Point and The Fissures is no joke; take caution near the edge.

To access Taft Point, park at the Sentinel Dome/Taft Point Trailhead and head west, following the signs for Taft Point and The Fissures. After a half mile of forest hiking you’ll emerge on the southern rim and confirm for yourself whether or not you harbor any fear of heights. Another option is to take a longer hike via the Sentinel Dome - Taft Point Loop. The car accessed routes to Taft Point are only accessible when Glacier Point Road is open beyond Badger Pass Ski Area, typically May through October. Exact timing will vary due to weather. Check with the park for status on road openings/closures.

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