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Hiking Taft Point Yosemite National Park

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Article Categories: Hiking
Article Tags: California | Day Hikes | Yosemite

Taft Point in Yosemite National Park is a stunning hike that overlooks the valley on top of sheer cliffs. It is certainly on a short list of the best easy hikes in Yosemite. If features incredible views of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, the valley, and unique rock formations, cliffs, and fissures.

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Difficulty – Easy
Distance –2.2 miles (3.5 km)
Height – 7,500 feet (2286 m)
Elevation gain – 200 ft (60 m)
Duration – 2-3 hours round trip
Hike Class: Class 2
Trailhead Location – Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Trailhead
Dogs – Not allowed

 

Need To Know Information

Trail Map

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Trail Map

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Trail Map

 

Routes

Because Taft Point shares the same trailhead as Sentinel Dome, it is commonly hiked together with both as they are both relatively short hikes with incredible views, and are vastly different. We will cover the distance for combining both below as well.

 

Taft Point

Cliffs near Taft PointDistance – 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round-trip; 2 hours,
Elevation Gain  – 200 ft (60 m) elevation gain

Taft Point has incredible views of Yosemite Valley, particularly El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Once hikers get near Taft Point, they find dramatic cliffs, narrow fissures (large cracks/fractures in the rock), and these fishers and cliffs drop over 1,500 feet in several cases.

The views are incredible, and the rock formations are very unique.

 

Hiking Sentinel Dome

Difficulty – Easy
Distance – 2.2 miles (3.5 km)
Elevation gain – 430 ft (131 m)
Duration – 2-3 hours round trip

Hikers begin at the trail by the bathrooms at the Sentinel Dome & Taft Point trailhead.

The trail is easy to follow, and well marked. The trail takes you through some beautiful forest. As hikers approach the final ascent of the dome, a couple other trails split off to the right. If hikers simply stay left, they will make their way on the most direct trail to the summit.

 

Hiking Sentinel Dome & Taft Point

Difficulty – Intermediate
Distance – 4.9 miles (7.9 km)
Elevation Gain – 1,000 ft (300 m)
Duration – 3-4 hours round trip

Anyone looking to take these two short hikes and turn them into one intermediate hike should do both Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. Leaving from the trailhead, hikers can choose to go to either the Dome, or Taft Point first. Both are very unique and stunning in different ways, but highly recommended. This loop can be lengthened via the Pohono Trail to Roosevelt Point, but the quickest way to do the loop is to just walk back to the trailhead and continue on to either Sentinel Dome or Taft Point in an out-and-back method for each hike.

 

Hiking in Winter

Refer to trail closures and winter hiking info here.

 

Camping Information

Nearby lodging and campground information can be found here.

And getting backcountry/wilderness camping permit info can be found here.

 

Weather

Here is a detailed weather forecast for the area:

Yosemite Valley, CA

Tonight
Snow. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Wind chill values as low as 26. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

Wednesday
A chance of snow before 4pm. Partly sunny. High near 35, with temperatures falling to around 33 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as 26. West northwest wind 0 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Wednesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 24. Wind chill values as low as 16. East northeast wind around 5 mph.

Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 42. Wind chill values as low as 18. Southwest wind 0 to 5 mph.

Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

 

Directions

Directions to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Trailhead:

 

Additional Pictures

A fissure near Taft Point

A fissure near Taft Point

Taft Point Views

Taft Point Views

Views from near the top of Sentinel Dome

Views from near the top of Sentinel Dome

Views from Sentinel Dome

Views from Sentinel Dome

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued his frequent adventures in the mountains, always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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