Taft Point Trail Map

View Sentinel Dome & Taft Point in a larger map

Note: if you're on a cell phone, you'll probably need to zoom the map out a bit to see the trail.

Distance:  2.2 miles (3.5 km) round trip
Trailhead Elevation:  7,700 feet (2,345 meters)
Taft Point Elevation:  7,500 feet (2,285 meters)
Elevation Change:  200 feet (60 meters) descent

Map Notes:  The golden line will lead you to Taft Point and the Fissures in just over a mile. The red line marks the trail to Sentinel Dome. The purple line shows the section of the Pohono Trail that connects Taft Point and Sentinel Dome. It's got its own memorable views over Yosemite Valley, and lots of hikers use it to combine Taft Point and Sentinel Dome into a single outing. The cyan line marks the Sentinel Dome service road; it's not really useful to Taft Point hikers, but these sorts of extraneous details can pop up when a webmaster is trying to reuse the same map for both the Taft Point and Sentinel Dome hikes.

The Taft Point trail is mostly flat. If you take the purple route to Sentinel Dome, it'll be mostly level for the first two-thirds or so, but you'll experience a fairly strenuous ascent as you circle around the backside of Sentinel Dome, and even more on the last stretch up the dome itself.

The dark stretches on the map show the dropoff from the valley rim into Yosemite Valley. Though the map indicates that the 4,000-foot fall takes place over about a quarter mile of horizontal distance, you'll be inclined to doubt this when you peek over the precipice at Taft Point. Your stomach knows straight down when you see it.