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Taft Point and The Fissures, CA

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Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,697 feet
Elevation Gain -281 feet
Accumulated Gain 400 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 4.5
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Taft Point and The Fissures
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We were the first car in the parking lot for Sentinal Dome-Taft Point loop (not really a loop) - more like a barbell or dumbbell hike if you looked at GPS route from overhead.

Sentinel Dome beautiful and fun little scamper to the top. Taft Point underwhelming to me. Fissures kind of neat I guess. The bright green wolf lichen was the most cool thing on Taft Point trail.
Taft Point and The Fissures
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Yosemite National Park - day trip
Yosemite Valley & Glacier Point - Yosemite National Park
Sunday July 13th, 2014
FitBit totals = 11.11 miles, 1050 AEG (105 floors)

Have done Mt Whitney and some of the Pacific Crest Trail in the high Sierras, but never been to Yosemite before. Got out my Ansel Adams photo books for inspiration :next: Maybe a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village located between Visitor Center and Post Office? Some pre-trip research to consider;

YOSE :next:

Map of YOSE :next:
YOSE park guide :next:

Map of Yosemite Valley :next: ... hikes1.pdf
Map of Glacier Point :next: ... rhikes.pdf
Washburn Point (near Glacier Point) view :next: The HPP image location plus my flipping thru Ansel Adams photo books put this as destination number one.

Yosemite NP waterfalls :next:

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias :next: And HAZ :next:
Grizzly Giants in Mariposa Grove :next:

With a planned business trip to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino CA (see :next: ) and a base-camp to be established at Courtyard Cupertino Marriott, 10605 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino CA, 95014 ( see :next: ... cupertino/ ), thought I'd "front-end" the trip with some exploration of Big Sur and Yosemite with a goal to capture long exposure dusk image of Bixby Bridge ( see :next: ... bridge.jpg ) and an Ansel Adams-like shot of Yosemite Valley (see :next: ... _point.jpg and ).

Google maps indicated travel distance from Cupertino base-camp to Yosemite Village was 200 miles with 3 hours 45 minutes travel time.


Arrived back at the Cupertino base-camp just after midnight Sunday morning from exploring the Big Sur Coastline (see :next: ). Had a 5am wake-up call and after fueling up on the in-room caffeine, hit the road for Yosemite via CA120 entrance by 6am. I arrived at the park entrance about 10-ish where my NPS annual pass comes thru once again allowing me to bypass the backed up line of vehicles tallying-up their entrance fee.

The arrival into Yosemite Valley reminded me a lot of Zion NP - pass thru a couple of tunnels and voila, there's the spectacular valley, except it's not sandstone, it's granite this time!

When you cross the Merced River, all the traffic veered left towards Yosemite Village. I veered right climbing up CA41 to the Glacier Point cut-off. From the intersection of CA41, the sign indicated 16 miles to Glacier Point. The tight curves and smooth road and sudden elevation changes had me pining for something more than my Nissan Maxima rental (maybe borrow one of the R8's or McLaren's from yesterday's Bixby Creek Bridge encounter?). First stop Washburn Point followed by Glacier Point. I had some time to explore the upper reaches of Four Mile Trail and Panorama Trail (a little note to self - if you want to escape the bus tour crowd at Glacier Point, check out these trails). Upon return I treated myself to lunch at the Tourist Shack beside Glacier Point - a Hagen Das plus the requisite purchase of a Yosemite Falls & Half Dome frig magnet. After my fill of Yosemite Valley eye-candy, I had the Sentinel Dome to Taft Point loop hike on the "to-do" list. Sentinel Dome was exhilarating - maybe saw a dozen people the entire time I lingered up on the dome for about an hour. I wasn't expecting solitude in Yosemite on a summer weekend, but truthfully there were far less people than I imagined there would be. Once again, all was right in the world.

As the afternoon progressed towards dinner time, I went down to the valley floor for some mini-explorations. This is where all the people were...

With the 6 o'clock hour ticked by, I had a choice - sunset back up on Glacier Point or go checkout the giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove. My mind voted for the giant sequoia, so I drove down CA140 following the Merced River towards the town of Mariposa...

Some final thoughts - hitting Glacier Point first was a good call. Having that initial overhead view of the entire Yosemite Valley is jaw-dropping. It put the entire landscape into context for me. Starting off from the valley floor probably would have hidden too many places. At least the view from above allowed me to pick and choose what I wanted to see down in the valley. Taking in a sunset from Glacier Point or Sentinel Dome is surely a treat - maybe next time...

Also, Mariposa Grove isn't anywhere near town of Mariposa CA. Missed out on giant sequoia trees, but did get to explore Merced River via CA140 - nice drive, complete with landslide :next: ... 238394.pdf
( not a recent slide, happened in 2006... ). Fish Camp and Oakhurst on CA41 are the closest towns to the giant sequoias for future reference....


HAZ Washburn Point :next:
HAZ Glacier Point :next:
HAZ Sentinel Dome :next:
HAZ Taft Point :next: and
HAZ East Valley Floor :next:
HAZ West Valley Floor :next:
HAZ Panorama Trail (from Glacier Point) :next:
HAZ Four Mile Trail (from Glacier Point) :next:

I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
Taft Point and The Fissures
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After hiking Sentinel Dome, I had some time to check out Taft Point. I started from the main parking area along Glacier Point Road. I tried doing this hike just over two years ago but there was so much snow, I could not safely follow the trail. This time there was nothing holding me back. I hit the trail and made quick time heading in. You hike through the forest and there are only sporadic views at best. There are a few nice views of Sentinel Dome but you have to turn around to see them.

I continued hiking west and the trail makes a slight turn to the north and starts heading downhill. You come out of the forest and can see the lookout off in the distance. I didn't realize Taft Point covers a large area. Imagine roughly 300 yards in a rainbow arc with epic views along the entire length. That describes Taft Point in a nutshell. And don't forget your over 3,000 feet above Yosemite Valley.

As you approach the edge, you first come to The Fissures. Think of a 4 foot slice in the rock that slants down and then drops thousands of feet. I'm not scared of heights but these fissures looked intimidating. I was able to safely walk out a little way to the edge of one of them for some pics.

From The Fissures, the main viewpoint has a railing. I got some great pics of the people on the railings looking out over Yosemite Valley. It makes me think how little we are in this world. I took my time enjoying the views and then went over to the railing. Obviously the views are epic! Yosemite Falls sits across the valley and El Capitan looms to the west. I was absolutely blown away! I continued along Taft Point and made sure I walked just about the entire area. I could spend all day here but with Cheryl back at the car I turned around made the return.

Taft Point and The Fissures is another area that anyone can hike to. It's a short 1+ mile hike to the viewpoint. There is a mild downhill near the viewpoint and besides that the trail is level for the most part. From here, we headed over to Glacier Point and then returned to Curry Village. One more day to go in Yosemite.

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