Taft Point and The Fissures

1.10 Miles
283 Feet
As the trail nears the Fissures and Taft Point the trail widens onto a solid rock surface as it nears the valley edge. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
This grouse hen sat motionless just off the trail as several hikers came and went. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Coppertone checks out one of the large cracks or fissures in the rock on the way to Taft Point. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
One of the fissures with loose rocks wedged into place. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Coppertone stands near a sheer ledge on the opposite side of one the fissures. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
A view of El Capitan and part of the western half of Yosemite Valley as seen from Taft Point. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Looking towards the eastern side of Yosemite Valley. Half Dome could not be seen from this spot. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Looking back on the trail and some of the fissures from Taft Point. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Austin Explorer standing near the edge of Taft Point overlooking Yosemite Valley. (Photo by coppertone)
Looking towards Taft Point with the opposite wall of Yosemite Valley in the distance. Austin Explorer poses near the center of the photo. (Photo by coppertone)
Log Entries
Fantastic views to start off a week at Yosemite
By Austin Explorer on 10/8/2018
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.77 Miles Duration: 2 hours, 23 minutes

Coppertone and I decided to do this hike as our first during our first ever trip to Yosemite.  We started off at the Sentinel Dome parking area (we also hiked that trail today) and veered left soon after the trailhead.  Not far down the trail sits a huge chunk of quartz, one of the largest I've seen not in a linear form.

Along the trail another hiker keyed us in on a grouse hen sitting motionless just off the trail.  We paused for a moment to look before continuing on.  At no point did she seem to move a muscle.

Much to our surprise we watched the Blue Angels fly over the valley several times before flying off into the distance.  Just coming from the Bay Area we knew they were in San Francisco for Fleet Week just days ago.  We never thought we would see them here.

Once the trail makes it near Taft Point the solid rock surface lets the hiker spread out and explore numerous spots on the edge of sheer dropoffs.  We had lunch while soaking in the views.  El Capitan is easily within view and large part of the valley unfolds below.

Birds' Eye Views
By coppertone on 10/8/2018
Rating: Difficulty: Solitude:
Distance: 2.77 Miles Duration: N/A

Hiked this one with Austin Explorer.

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