Sometimes the only way to believe in forever is to see it firsthand.
|Looking 3,000 feet down into Yosemite Valley|
from Taft Point
At the end of the Taft Point Trail in Yosemite National Park is a spot that perfectly fits the quote: You can see forever. In fact, you’ll have heart-thumping views of the Yosemite Valley 3000 feet below while roaming among huge granite boulders overlooking sheer drop-offs.
This 2.2-mile round-trip hike starts from the same trailhead as Sentinel Dome Trail on Glacier Point Road. It meanders in the opposite direction through a thick green forest (shady and cool despite warm afternoon temperatures) and briefly climbs up a granite rock face to the top of Taft Point's cliff.
|The hike starts out on a forested path.|
From about 8,000 feet elevation you have sweeping vistas of the Valley, ElCapitan, and Yosemite's north rim. But what is most striking is the incredible sense of awe you feel at the vastness stretching out in front of and below you. With a strong wind blowing--and only one small guardrail--you also need a healthy respect for the potential danger of the site.
|Only one small guardrail keeps|
visitors back from the edge.
|Boulders have been stuck in|
rock fissures for centuries.
Taft Point Trail isn’t a difficult hike; but if you take children, be sure to keep an eye on them at the top! There’s plenty of room to roam, which is fine as long as they don’t lose their footing or get close to the edge.
|Sharp, jagged rocks form sheer cliffs|
at Taft Point in Yosemite.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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