Profile Cliff at Taft Point (Elevation 7503 Feet)
Day #576 * Hike #660 * New Track #563
Wednesday June 13, 2012
Taft Point - Yosemite National Park
Fissures - Sentinel Dome - El Capitan
My Tripometer: 1.25 hours * 2.25 Miles * +450 Feet
In the southern portion of Yosemite National Park, take Glacier Point Road to the top. Before descending down to Glacier Point, the Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Trailhead will be on your left. We started early which meant there was ample parking. However, when we were finished, the parking was full and people were forced to park way down the street. It makes sense to hike Taft Point and go to Glacier Point in the same trip. Thus, hike Taft Point first to beat the rush...
A coin flip, we chose Taft Point
Quartz formation near the trailhead
A closer look
Two gentle crossings over the sentinel creek
A large rock in the woods
Trail sign at the Phono Trail Junction
Green moss growing on the trees
Fissures, watch your step...
Taft Point 3500 feet above Yosemite Valley
El Capitan far across the valley
Yosemite Falls to the North East
A wider view
Look out below!
Crossing more fissures on our way back
Hmm, not interested; way too long and not enough time!
beautiful blue markings
Back to the Pohono Trail Junction
We chose to take the easy route back to the car. Besides, looping to Sentinel Dome would have been longer from this direction anyway. Rather than hike to the Dome, Ayden and I jumped back in the car to head out to Glacier Point. From what I've read, Sentinel Dome offers some of the best views of Yosemite. I will have to return to the Park to confirm this.
Listed below are some additional links to help persuade you to visit Taft Point!