ElevationAscent: 276' 84 m
Descent: -276' -84 m
High: 7,721' 2,353 m
Low: 7,502' 2,287 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A short trail from the Glacier Point Road to an excellent perch to view the valley and the sunset.”— schleppy schlepenstien
Family Friendly An easy trail with a highly exposed ending. Children should be fine as long as they are well supervised. There are no railings!
From the Sentinel Dome Tailhead and parking area, the Taft Point trail wraps its way roughly westward through stunted white pines over mostly level ground. After joining the Pohono Trail, the route descends onto the exposed slabs near Taft Point. Passing the dramatic "fissures", huge clefts disappearing like elevator shafts into the abyss, and gazing between them is not for the squeamish. The top is reached after a quick 1.1 mile jaunt from the car. Be very careful here as there are no rock walls or railings to keep you back from the edge and a fall would be fatal.
This is the place that BASE jumpers Dean Potter and Graham Hunt flew from wearing wing suits and fell to their deaths, chutes unopened.
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