Taft Point, Yosemite National Park

Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / 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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  • Nice easy hike, except for the end. Views are amazing and the crowds are easy at this time. Worth the effort on the way back from Glacier Point.  more »
  • Sure it is a nice view and can provide a vertiginous feeling near the edge, but it pales when compared to its neighbor view from Sentinel Dome. Definitely worth doing both in the same short loop, but....  more »
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  • Hard to beat this view! It’s a quick mile hike to get here from the lot too!
  • Fantastic view. Relatively easy and fun hike (2.2 miles round-trip).

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