Taft Point and The Fissures

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Taft Point and The Fissures is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

No railing surrounds Taft Point so be cautious.

1 month ago

Easy hike with big payoff of views. Great view of El Capitan.

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1 month ago

Love this hike! Beautiful view! Bit of a rush to stand near the edge!

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1 month ago

This may be a short hike, but bring water!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Not too bad, not much of an incline. Took us 45 mins - 50 mins to get to the edge. Amazing view of the valley and El Capitan! Don’t forget to take a picture to that other edge of the point. Also, be aware and be prepared for mosquitoes along the hike.. Have off lotion/spray handy with you. Wear windbreakers or layered clothing.

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1 month ago

Great little hike we did with our almost 2 year old. He walked the first 3/4 of a mile and we loaded him into a child carrier backpack for the remainder, mostly because he was tired but also because the fissures posed a risk for his fast, wandering legs and because at that point the trail became steeper and rocky for a short time. The view though was spectacular.

2 months ago

Great trail. Fissures are awesome. Very rewarding views at the end. Lots of mosquitoes early today. Bring bug spray.

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2 months ago

Hiked up for sunset and it was highlight of our trip.

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2 months ago

It's a nice and easy way to get a good view of the valley. Personnally, I think a lot of view point on this side of the valley are similar, so just do one. Taft might be the easiest. You should probably combine with doing sentinel dome (even if it is a bit dissappointing), the whole loop and finishing/starting at glacier point

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2 months ago

Easy hike with huge payoff. I proposed to my now fiancé here with beautiful El Capitan and Yosemite falls in view. Damp ground from snow melt in late April made the trail difficult/fun to navigate. A great oppurtunity to see Yosemite from above the valley floor.

2 months ago

Nice easy hike, pretty views from the point.

2 months ago

Great view of El Capitan

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2 months ago

Nice short little, easy hike- the ending is fairly amazing, getting to see the fissures and the dropoff at taft point make the hike!

4 months ago

Really easy, shorter hike. Hiked in October and were the only ones on the trail!

6 months ago

This is an amazingly wonderful hike. Has great views and a fairly easy/moderate skill level. Shady trees in most spots.

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8 months ago

We did this hike yesterday. Nervous that it might be too icy/ snowy at this time of year but it was a lovely hike. We hiked up the 4 miles trail & came down this trail. Spectacular day in Yosemite.

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9 months ago

Beautiful views, but holy anxiety attack! If you have a fear of heights, skip this trail. I did a quick peek at the overlook and had to take off. The drop off was crazy!

10 months ago

Great walk, tie it up with Sentinal dome

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10 months ago

Cool place!!

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11 months ago

Excellent views. My 10 year old daughter did it with no problem.

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11 months ago

Great views and nice, easy hike through the woods

Monday, August 14, 2017

This was a really quick and beautiful spot to enjoy the view of the valley. It was not wheel chair or stroller friendly. And, the mosquitoes were killer during the late afternoon. But overall, we really enjoyed the leisurely one mile walk up and one mile back down. I, especially, thought going closer to sunset was worth it and it was a great way to end the day.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great trail. Beautiful scenery! Easy!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Basic words of caution: Keep the younger and/or inexperienced hikers under control at Taft Point. The fissures could easily swallow a mis-behaving or rambunctious child. Because of this danger factor, along with the rather steep climb back out, I would consider this hike "moderate" and not "easy" as is claimed by All Trails... Also, this is a terrific hike when combined with Sentinel Dome via the Pohono Trail along the north rim of Yosemite Valley. This loop pushes the hike well over 5 miles and adds a couple thousand up-and-down vertical feet. The views from Sentinel Dome, Taft Point, and all along the Pohono Trail are second to none. Consider this a must-do if you have a couple days in Yosemite. Technically the hike is easy, but the altitude, climbing, and 2000 foot cliff will get your attention. Pohono is basically empty between these two destinations, but you will probably have some company on both ends of your journey.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Great vies usually but we were dealing with a ton of smoke from the fires. Still an amazing hike - highly recomend

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nice hike to start your stay in the park or on your last day if you legs are worn out. The trail is flat and takes you through a nice wooded area. At the end it opens up to a large rock service to view some of the valley. Great place to spend some time looking at the different view points. We took the trail that follows the cliff edge to Sentinel Dome instead of going back to the parking area and starting the Sentinel Done trail. Great trail but it isn't well marked. After you cross the creek you turn right to stay on the trail. It looks like there is a trail to the left but it's not the actual trail.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Downhill on the way there, a bit more of uphill walking on the way back. I love to go here for the view of El Cap... seriously such a cool place to look at el cap from. From Taft you can also see Yosemite falls and a huge drop of 3,000 feet below you. Show extreme caution around the cliff edges!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Easy and beautiful hike. We went late in the day when parking was easy and there were hardly any people at the point. Beautiful views and nice trees along the way.

Friday, June 23, 2017

We started this trail at 7am & there were 5 parked cars already. By the time we finished our hike around 9:30am, the parking lot was full. The trail starts as a decline with an incline all the way back up. It goes through shaded areas with a beautiful scenery all the way to Taft point. I gave this trail a 4 star because its filled of mud and MOSQUITOES! HUGE MOSQUITOES. Bug spray did not work.

I suggest going early to take it all in without the crowd. Unbelievably gorgeous! Highlight of my trip.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fun hike , not too hard. Did it with Sentinel Dome.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

BEAUTIFUL hike. Amazing views at the end, and a very pleasant trail to get there. Fun to combine with Sentinel Dome as well.

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