Taft Point is one of several incredible viewpoints of Yosemite Valley. But one where you may get some solitude since there isn’t a road and parking lot taking the hoards of tourists right up to the edge.
But unlike some other overlooks of the valley that require strenuous effort the trail to Taft Point is a fairly easy 1 hour round trip, 2.2 miles with just a 250 foot elevation change.
Most of the hike is through sheltering, tall evergreens before leading out onto a granite ledge.
If you are not comfortable with heights then approach the edge slowly as there is only a small railing before the sheer 3,400 foot drop to the valley floor.
Unlike Glacier Point and Washburn Point you will find truly outstanding views of El Capitan at Taft Point. The 7,503 foot peak of Taft Point also looks directly down on Yosemite Falls and the Merced River.[sam id=1 codes=’false’]
Keep your eyes open for the the Taft Point Fissure, a hundreds of feet deep set of cracks in the granite with embedded boulders suspended in space waiting for the cracks to open more to crash to the valley floor.
The trail to Taft Point starts at a well marked parking lot 14 miles east of the Chinqaupin junction complete with chemical toilets.