Why we love it: Pretty much anywhere in Yosemite you’ll get amazing views. We loved this hike because it was short enough (2.2 miles RT) to get a cool new experience (the wind draft up at the point and those crazy fissures!) and only required one snack break for the kiddos each way!
For the Young Ones (0-10): Our two year-old was able to easily navigate the trail from the trailhead until the final approach to Taft Point. You’ll know when you’ve reached it when you can see out towards the point and the trail begins to require you to hike down around boulders. For those too young to understand the dangers of cliffs and fissures, please put them up in backpacks, have adults alternate staying back with them, or do not attempt this hike.
For the Big Kids (10+): Talk about an easily earned view! The area around Taft Point is plenty big enough to stay back and feel safe from the fissures (our 9 year-old wasn’t interested in getting close at. all.) and still daring enough to take a peek down at them for those who won’t try to show off near the perilous edges. It was also cool to see what I think were black crows (I know, I need to study up. For bird lovers – check out this Yosemite Bird Checklist!) gliding on the gusts of wind coming up the point.
Keep in Mind:
- Glacier Point Road, which is the only way to access this hike, isn’t open all months of the year. It’s generally open Late May – Early November.
- The Fissures are VERY dangerous (there are no railings), and just like the edges of any cliff, proceed with extreme caution and keep those kids back.
- What’s probably the most seen photo op on a ledge is a huge risk. People die in Yosemite EVERY summer trying to get photos. PLEASE don’t think you’re an exception. There are plenty of other amazing shots to get without risking your life.
- While much of the trail is shaded, sunscreen is strongly recommended. Taft Point itself is mostly exposed.
- Parking fills up fast, so be prepared to park at one of the areas along Glacier Point Road before or after the trailhead.
- Due to COVID-19, reservations for day use are currently required and you will want to be courteous and wear a mask when unable to stay beyond six feet of others.
Around the Area: We took on this hike after doing the incredibly popular (and must-see!)
Glacier Point, which gets busy and stays busy all day. Best to knock it out first, before hiking.
Difficulty Level: Beginner.