Taft Point, Yosemite National Park

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Enjoy magnificent 360-degree views of Yosemite Valley from Taft Point, a glacier observation point. Take a relatively easy hike to reach the vantage point; the short trek leads through the woods but involves a great deal of elevation change, amounting to 60 m (200 ft). Standing at 2,285 m (7,500 ft), the point offers dramatic vistas of Yosemite Falls and the valley walls. Parking is available 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from the point. Use our Yosemite National Park trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Taft Point and other attractions in Yosemite National Park.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Fabulous! Easy-to-moderate hike, about 5 miles r/t, full of color, cliffs, and canyon views! The fissures near Taft Point are jaw-dropping impressive, and the point itself was a spot where I dared mys...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We were looking for a hike for our family (Grandparents in their 70s, parents in their 40s, two teens) that was moderate and had a payoff at the end. Taft Point fit the bill. Get there early for parki...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Taft Point and Sentinel Dome share the same trailhead, each about two miles round trip. There is some parking at the trailhead and it's on the way to Glacier Point so they can be combined in one outin...  more »

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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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