Taft Point, Yosemite National Park

Enjoy magnificent 360-degree views of Yosemite Valley from Taft Point, a glacier observation point. Take a relatively easy hike to reach the vantage point; the short trek leads through the woods but involves a great deal of elevation change, amounting to 60 m (200 ft). Standing at 2,285 m (7,500 ft), the point offers dramatic vistas of Yosemite Falls and the valley walls. Parking is available 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from the point. Plan your visit to Taft Point and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Yosemite National Park journey site .
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  • I recommend this hike for families. I did it with my wife and 5 kids (ages 8-16). It is long but not too challenging. The views and the fissure at the end of the trail are worth it. Bring bug spray.  more »
  • You must do this easy 1 mile hike along with sentinel dome. The view is spectacular. Our family of five had no problems with either hike.  more »
  • From the parking lot this was an easy .8 mile walk. There was a sign warning us of deep snow and saying the NPS doesn't recommend you go further, but there was minimal snow (though a lot of mud). The ...  more »
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  • I feel this hike is much too dangerous for kids. There are really no warnings about walking right off the edges to certain death here. No safety railings at all except on the very point.I would go to Sentinel Dome instead with kids.Having said that it is a great hike for adults but use extreme caution near the edges
  • Taft Point is one of the most beautiful views in Yosemite. It’s a short, easy hike with huge pay off! You can see Yosemite Falls and look down on El Cap, a rare view after driving through the valley beneath it. Warning: this viewpoint is not for the faint of heart, or anyone with an intense fear of heights. The cliffs are sheer drop offs. There is one point with a guardrail but everything else is open and not protected. I wouldn’t recommend this for children unless they will definitely stay close. Taft is a no-fall zone. Do not take it lightly.
  • The parking area can get congested. Its worth the walk from the parking area. Kids will enjoy climbing on the rocks near the trail. Takes about 30 minutes. View is unparalleled. The fissures are amazing but be careful if you have vertigo, they can be a bit unsettling. Watching the climbers can take your breath away. Its truly a long way straight down.
  • We got married here last summer in August. An incredible location. Super easy hike too. It's great to start at Taft, go to Sentinel and then finish at Glacier Point, although we preferred the reverse route. Taft Point is less busy and feels less touristy. A must for me in Yosemite.
  • A little tricky track but once there, it’s awesome
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