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Taft Point, Yosemite

This is one of those posts where I just simply don’t know where to begin. I wished you could see how I have been typing and deleting for the past few hours (and days). If I am writing this post on a piece of paper, my room would probably be buried in a big pile of crumpled papers. There’s just so many things buzzing in my head that I am ready to share- what to expect on scenery, what to bring, who to go with, when to go… There’s really no easy way to do this but to just go on with this post and share as much as I can in easiest way possible. So here it goes…

Taft Point

I guess I’ll start by sharing just a little information what this viewpoint is all about. Taft Point is a viewpoint in Yosemite National Park just west of Glacier Point. Kind of similar to Glacier Point except that Taft Point is considered more dangerous because there are no guardrails around the cliffs and fissures. The elevation of Taft Point is about 7,500 feet (2,285 meters) above sea level with steep drop offs.



What to Expect:

Scenery– Taft Point offers an incredible 180 degree view of Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan but compare to Glacier Point and Sentinal Dome, you wont be able to see the Half Dome here. The drop off is mindblowingly steep where you will probably second guess yourself if you’re afraid of heights are not. Hats off to those people who have dared to walk up and peek down to the edge of the cliff…and fist pump and full respect to those who have no fear at all (or maybe have faced their fear) to sat on the cliff and snapped some worthy Instagram and Pinterest photos.



Trails and Time

Time of hike – Depending on your pace, the hike should only take about 1-2 hours.

Distance: 2.1 miles roundtrip

Trailhead – Going to the Taft Point is mostly flat and downhill, that said, going back, there would be quite a few uphill. You’d be hiking through wilderness so watch out for falling and breaking trees, which we encountered 3 times while were hiking, though we didn’t see wild animals such as bears, still watch out for them. The trailhead is in higher elevation as well, about 7,700 above sea level so the air is thinner, that said, take your time, catch your breath if you can, stop if you need too, drink plenty of water.

*Taft Point and Sentinal Dome shares a trail. The trail to Taft Point is on the left and the Sentinal Dome is on the right*

Difficulty – 3 out 10. Read about the trailhead and ask yourself if this is difficult for you. But the hike is totally worth it whether its difficult for you or not.

Who, What When and Why

When to go – Sunrise or Sunset preferably. My husband and I planned on hiking before sunrise but that obviously didn’t happen because we’re not morning people. Nonetheless, I highly recommend going before the sunrise to avoid crowds. But if you are not a morning person you can do this too before sunset. The only thing about going late is that there are more people and the parking is a bit small so you might end up parking far away from the trail.

Who to go with – Now this is silly. Obviously you can bring whoever you want. Here’s a tip though: Bring someone that takes good photo (the really good one)


What to bring – Given that you’re going to be bringing your hiking gear, which I think there really is no reason at all since it’s a short and easy hike, however, please bring your Camera A-Game with you and don’t forget to bring plenty of water.

Why Hike Taft Point – It’s a short and easy hike with highly rewarding view from the top.

Other information that’s worth sharing:

Nearest campground – Bridalveil Campground

Pets – No pets allowed. If you look closely on my photos you probably see my cute little puppy peeking in my bag pack, that’s because we had to sneak her in. Thankfully she’s tiny.

Restrooms –Vault restrooms are available at the top of the trailhead by the parking lot.

Hazards: The drop off is pretty steep, you can only imagine what your death would be like if you make a mistake. As I mentioned before, this viewpoint is pretty dangerous because there are no guardrails around the cliffs and some fissures, so I really mean it when I say BE CAREFUL.

What do you think about this post? Would you hike Taft Point? Let me know! Also I’m on Instagram @babysephora and would love to meet fellow travel bloggers too so don’t forget to follow me! My other website that I share with my husband is www.jasonlovesbaby.com!

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