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Taft Point via Glacier Point

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Yosemite National Park

Taft Point via Glacier Point is a 7.5 mile out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Length7.5 miElevation gain1952 ftRoute typeOut & Back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

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Daria Pus
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James Nunes
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HikingGreat!

Nice relatively flat hike with great views of Yosemite, especially Half Dome. Highly recommend.

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Wp Avu
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sergio soto
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Beautiful trail but it is not a 2 mile round trip to the grove. It is a 2 mile round trip to Big Red. Either way it is worth it!!

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Dessa M
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HikingGreat!

My friend and I ended up doing the loop from Tuft Point to Sentinel Dome from Glacier Point and it was gorgeous. There were quite a few other hikers, most of whom were not wearing masks (or even putting them on when approaching other groups). The views are out of this world even with the smoke from wildfires. Sentinel Dome is also a great place to watch the sunset. Would do this hike again.

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Donald Furlong
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Nice trail, follows the Valley with lots of view spots

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Mary Cantrel
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Fantastic views.

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Vicki Bosmans
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Beautiful views along the rim and nice shady tress in between. Good mixture of sun and shade. We hiked sentinel than on to Taft which I think might be easier.

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Victoria Castro
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HikingGreat!

The trail was a little hard for me and my friends since we don’t hike often and aren’t used to higher elevations. We all agreed we’d do it again though! Started at 8:45am and got back to the parking lot around 3pm. Stopped to take lots of pictures and ate lunch at Taft Point. The trail was easy to follow, I just read a couple other descriptive reviews beforehand. Also, I had service almost the whole time. Didn’t see anyone until we got closer to Taft, where I think the shorter trail meets with this one. On the way back, there were more people on their way to Taft and the Glacier Point parking lot was packed. Probably best to start early in the morning to avoid people and don’t forget your masks! Most people we passed were courteous and put on their masks as well when we saw each other.

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Dale Borgeson
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Barrett Porter
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This is about as perfect a "moderate" hike that you can ask for and it complements any hikes you do down below (such as the Mist Trail) since this one sits way up high and on the other side. There's lots of tree shade, virtually no bugs biting, and insane views. You'll get the money shot of Half Dome from Glacier Point even before starting the hike, and an equally awesome shot of El Capitan and more at Taft Point. It's all fairly easy on the knees and no gps required. The signage seemed goofy to get to Taft Point from Sentinel Dome so just retrace your steps back down the steep hill to get back on the trail you took from the start (in case you scratch your head there too).

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Vanessa Veiock
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Arrive early and skip Glacier Point - there are so many stellar and more secluded views along this route. We took the slightly longer route along the edge midway between Sentinel and Taft Point - only adds 0.2 miles, but the views are fabulous, especially if El Cap, however, there are a lot of fallen trees! Take it as an out-and-back and you’ll enjoy wonderful views the whole way. Our 20-month-old loved hiking sections of this trail, but we kept him in the backpack by the fissures for obvious reasons!

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Jennifer Gregg
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The views, the interest, the EVERYTHING! Note, my trek included a couple of additions, totaling 9.25 miles and 2200' gains - every bit worth it. 7/26/20 11:00am - Started late, meriting light early evening rain followed by a beautiful rainbow that wrapped Half Dome at the end of all of this. The first incline from Glacier Point is not as difficult as I though it would be based on reviews. The shade helped! Poles were super handy. Definitely go the extra loop to Sentinel Dome - it is BEYOND fun AND the views are stunning. When you come off Sentinel, do not head to Taft via the arrow towards the parking lot. No, go back down to the turn off you made from Glacier's path. Head to Taft that way. After some switchbacks going down quite a ways, you will see a small stream to your left that looks like you shouldn't go that way. There is no sign. If you want to go to Taft from that little stream, then yes, cross it now. The path becomes clear fairly easily after you hop the stream. Or, get confused like I did and veer to the right at what I (and other hikers) thought maybe might be Taft point because there's a cool ledge, and OMG killer views with all the vibes that heights will give you. That was fun for picture taking! Then, we veered right some more (away from Taft, towards Sentinel a new way, closer to the rim). This was, again, well worth the diversion. The path narrows and becomes interesting with some edges and trees to navigate. The path is super clear. We never felt lost. We did end up close to Sentinel and could easily have called it and continued on (away from Taft) and back to Glacier. But, after eating some lunch on a giant felled tree, we decided that really wanted to see Taft, so we back tracked on that same edgy trail, past the funky scary edge, and across that little stream that we should have passed the first time. A couple more miles in, wandering a clear, shaded path through awesome boulders, we made it to Taft Point. What a scene. The fissures are super cool but be careful, some of them sneak up on you. At the top, the picture taking is rad. We saw a few guys tight rope walking at 7800', and that was cool. The trek back at around 4:00 (we stopped a lot for pictures, and lunch, remember?) afforded us a stunning view of Half Dome. We weren't lucky enough to snag the permits to climb the cables, but the rainbow creeping up the front of that Dome told me the day for that adventure is coming. Loved this hike!

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Nina Crawford
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great 1/2 day hike, beautiful drive up to glacier point, the last bend before the parking lot provides a view of half dome you will always remember. the scramble up sentinel dome is a great place for lunch

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Saranya Sundararajan
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Hiking

We did the hike during Labor Day weekend. We did the sentinel dome as well and went a bit off trail so did about 8.2-8.5 miles in total. Stunning views- moderate difficulty. Saw some people with kids. Loved the views of the entire valley ,half done, El Capitan and Taft point. Taft point is not for people scared of heights but all in all probably one of my best hikes!

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Amber Steffey
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Katrina Von kamrath
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Hiking

Parked at Glacier Point and started around 8am. The uphill section at the beginning definitely wakes up the legs and was the hardest part. Great view points for snack breaks along the way. There was medium trail traffic on a Saturday. We were back to our car by about 2pm.

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Sara Kevern
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Excellent varied hike with incredible views. Can be made into a loop on the south side of sentinel dome but it isn’t as pretty on that side. Not overly strenuous, my 60+ year old parents were able to complete this hike. Icing on the cake was mama bear and cub sighting on the way back. Park at glacier point prior to 10Am before the congestion hits. Bring plenty of water. Hiked on 6/16/19 and here was some snow remaining, still easy to find the trail. Not too crowded at that time either. Would recommend 10/10!

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David Fleissner
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Beautiful view, hilly but not too difficult.

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Simon Guérard
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I prefer loops in general, but it's true that doing the bottom part of the loop is a bit pointless.

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Kaitlin O'Donnell
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Amazing hike! Easy parking at Glacier Point. The trail was not heavily trafficked. The trail was a great mix of up and down with amazing views of the valley. The start is a lot of elevation gain but stick with it it evens out and gets easier.

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Lacie Johns
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Dale Borgeson
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Waldemar Sakalus
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John O'Brien
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Patricia Wypych
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Eric Bonholtzer
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Tak Nishida
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Karen Storaci
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