This trail starts at
restroom at the Taft Point / Sentinel Dome trailhead. Descend to
the sign which will point you left toward the Fissures at Taft Point
Right to Sentinel
Our trail goes left past a large collection of gray/white quartz and
crosses the seasonal Sentinel Creek. Eventually we will come to
intersection with the Pohono Trail which originates at Glacier Point,
miles away. The Pohono Trail also offers a longer trek to Sentinel
Taft Point and Sentinel Dome
Fissures at Taft Point
As you approach Taft Point you come across 5 "Fissures" which are cracks in the granite beneath your feet that offer incredible views of Yosemite Valley over 3,000' beneath you.
Near the last fissure
the Profile Cliff overlook. This view with a safety railing
safe views of the valley below and most of Yosemite's landmarks.
If you look to your West (left) you can see Taft Point, an exposed
with commanding views of Yosemite Valley. Walk out to Taft Point,
but be careful as that last step could be a big one.
Joy at Profile Cliff Overlook
Joy at Taft Point, notice El Capitan in the background,
doesn't it look different?
The views from Taft
and Profile Cliff are incredible. You will notice El Capitan
very different from this angle. You can clearly see the "Nose"
the "Wall of North America", but the perspective is much
You can also see wonderful views of Cathedral Spires and rocks, Mt.
the Three Brothers (head-on profile) and Yosemite
Panoramic View from Profile Cliff Overlook, just scroll to the right to see the image
In summary this trip is a great trip if you only have a short time for a hike or if you are breaking someone new into our sport. If you do have the time, combine this trip with a trip to Sentinel Dome. We would recommend going to the Fissures at Taft Point first.
Schaffer, Jefferey P. 1996. High Sierra Hiking Guide Yosemite. Berkeley: Wilderness Press, p. 45-47 (day hike #14).
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