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Expert Review of Taft Point

Parks and Outdoors Review of Taft Point

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Scenic Drives
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Sure, the drive-up view at Glacier Point is fantastic. But just a mile away lies the trailhead for Taft Point, an easy 2.2-mile round-trip hike that provides a head-on view of El Capitan (bring your binoculars so you can scan for daredevil rock climbers) and a stomach-churning view of the Yosemite Valley floor, 3,000 feet below. This is no place for acrophobes.
  • The trailhead for Taft Point also serves as the trailhead for Sentinel Dome, a gentle hike to the top of a 8,122-foot granite dome. The two trails lead in opposite directions, but you can loop them together for a spectacular 6.5-mile hike. Or, if you are short on time, go out-and-back on both trails for a total of 4.4 miles. Sentinel Dome is one of the best spots in the park for sunset-watching.

The trail head begins at the same point as the hike to Sentinel Dome. At the fork, head left
Yosemite, California

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