Taft Point and The Fissures

EASY 84 reviews
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Taft Point and The Fissures is a 2.4 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
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
606 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

No railing surrounds Taft Point so be cautious.

3 days 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.

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7 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful scenery! Easy!

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22 days 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.

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27 days ago

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

27 days ago

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29 days 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.

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1 month 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!!

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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