Taft Point and The Fissures is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
No railing surrounds Taft Point so be cautious.
One of my favorite hikes! If you're feeling daring you can go out onto Taft Point or look over the cliffs to the bottom of the valley. Easy hike, even for people with knee injuries, but it can be rocky in some places. Amazing overlook of Yosemite Valley, I highly recommend this hike!
Breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley. The hike is fairly easy. Even for someone that isn't in shape.
Great escape from the Yosemite Valley crowds. Beautiful 1000 foot cliffs.
Arrived at trailhead fairly early, approximately 7:00 AM or shortly thereafter, on the way to the Point we encountered only one group coming back the other direction and no one coming up behind us along the trail. The majority of the trail takes you through well shaded forest with little to no elevation gain, shortly before you reach Taft Point you will go down a short series of switchbacks, the trail will then become rocky for a short time before again becoming uniform.
The views from Taft Point are fantastic; you can see most of the Valley Floor below you, as well as views of Yosemite Falls and the North Rim. There is a single small railed area approximately 8x4 feet; the rest is completely exposed so if you are afraid of heights you may want to confine yourself to the railed area!
The hike to the Point is easy, but the hike back out is not quite as easy, the rocky portion of the trail as well as the switchbacks are probably easy for people who are in great shape, but if you are out of shape and on the larger side like I am, this part will prove to be somewhat of a challenge, though not one that feels insurmountable.
This is definitely a fantastic hike for beginners and experts alike as the views from the Point are well worth the hike, regardless of your skill level!
Best to combine this hike and make it a loop to include Sentinel Dome. Total was about 5.5 miles.
This is a very nice trail. I have taken it before but this time I had the opportunity to take it with children and granndkids. We all enjoyed it very much. I asked my oldest grandson (college age) what he liked most about this trip and he selected this and sentinel dome as the high points of our trip. This is high praise and he has been on many hikes in Rocky mountain and Zion national parks.
Great little hike. Saw some deer on the hike out and a great view at the end. combined this with sentinel dome via the pohono trail
This was amazing. Totally underrated. The views were stunning. The point it awesome, really more so to see as you approach. The Fissures were really cool. We combined with Sentinel Dome, taking the trail that goes closest to the cliff. The view at the halfway point was the best of the hike.
Oh, and our 5 year old and 2 year old did awesome.
hidden gem. took trail from taft to sentinel dome. well worth it. went on to glacier point. ehhhh crowded and a bit wider view but the peace and tranquility of taft and the trail to sentinel dome is where Yosemite is at her best.
This trail is easy, but not when covered in snow. Following footprints just gets you lost. We turned this hike into a big ordeal, but it was worth it when we finally made it to Taft point. We just did a little extra work for some awesome views, worth it!!! We took the correct trail on the way back and it seriously only took ten minutes
This hike is much more challenging when the trail is covered in snow. As others have mentioned, the views are awesome.
Short easy hike with huge payoff! Beautiful views. I even stumbled upon some high liners traversing a gap at the top. It made it even more amazing. Do this and sentinel dome for the ultimate array of views.
Super beautiful scenery. Easy hike.