Taft Point and The Fissures

EASY 115 reviews
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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.

2 days ago

Nice easy hike, pretty views from the point.

6 days ago

Great view of El Capitan

hiking
9 days 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!

1 month ago

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

3 months ago

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

hiking
5 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.

hiking
6 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!

7 months ago

Great walk, tie it up with Sentinal dome

hiking
7 months ago

Cool place!!

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Great views and nice, easy hike through the woods

9 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful scenery! Easy!

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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!!

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Trail closed due to snow 30 May 17, so hiked Sentinel instead. Looking forward to a chance to hike in the future.

11 months ago

So good!!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fun, easy trail with stunning views.

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

This is more like a pleasant stroll than a hike. But the scenery is beautiful and the payoff at the end is amazing. The views are stunning, and If you have the courage to lay on your stomach and look down over the over hang, to the straight drop below 1000+ ft, it's chilling and definitely worth it.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I love this trail! it's so beautiful and not to long. It gives you time to do other things in the valley!

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Awesome! Words can't adequately describe the view. Must see for yourself.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

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!

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley. The hike is fairly easy. Even for someone that isn't in shape.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Great escape from the Yosemite Valley crowds. Beautiful 1000 foot cliffs.

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