Taft Point Yosemite Photo Sessions – What To Expect

If you’re on the hunt for some epic views, then Taft Point is worth checking out! My first time visiting Taft Point in Yosemite was with my husband, toddler, and our good friends Brittany and Colby. It was nice to be able to explore Taft Point for the first time with people that I’m comfortable with. One thing I will say though is that I do not recommend bringing small children because it’s definitely dangerous with the drop offs everywhere! With that being said, I wanted to dive into Taft Point, why it’s such a great location for your Yosemite photo sessions, and what to expect when you come. Let’s get into it!

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Where is Taft Point? What is it Known For?

Taft Point is an epic location with breathtaking views in Yosemite National Park just west of Glacier Point! Taft Point is known for it’s breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley, El Captain, Yosemite Falls, and the giant fissures! It is an absolute dream to witness in person. Especially for the first time.

What’s The Best Time of Year to Go to Taft Point?

The best time to go to Taft Point is whenever Glacier Point Road is open! This is typically from late May to late October/November. This honestly depends on the winter season that year and it does change from year to year! Feel free to check out the Historical Seasonal Opening and Closing Dates for past dates of when Glacier Point Road has opened and closed!

What Time if Day Should You Go to Taft Point?

The absolute BEST time to visit Taft Point in Yosemite is during sunset! Sunset at Taft Point is absolutely insane. There are no words to describe the beauty until you actually see it. It is so worth taking the hike up! Trust me, you will not regret seeing Taft Point at sunset! Check out this “A Dreamy Engagement Session At Taft Point In Yosemite” to see more amazing Taft Point sunset photos!

Can You Drive to Taft Point Yosemite?

No, you cannot drive to Taft Point in Yosemite. You will have to take the 2.2 miles hike to Taft Point, but let me tell you, the views are WORTH IT! To get to the trailhead, you’ll have to drive Glacier Point Road roughly 6 miles from the beginning at Wawona Road. You’ll come up on the trailhead on the left side!

How Long Does it Take to Hike Taft Point? Is Taft Point Hard?

The hike to Taft Point is 2.2 mile hike roundtrip and is a fairly easy hike. It will take around an hour to get there. With that being said, even the hike itself to Taft Point is beautiful. It’s a diverse area with a walk through the woods along the way, and sometimes in the early summer you can find wildflowers blooming as well! The hike is absolutely worth it for the breathtaking views you get once you reach the destination! It’s rewarding to say the least.

What is The History of Taft Point?

You’ve probably heard of the iconic Taft Point in Yosemite for it’s epic views, but do you know what the history of Taft Point is? Taft Point is actually named after the 27th President of The United States, William Howard Taft! Back in the early 1900’s, he came across the point while on a trip to Yosemite National Park! The more ya know.

Is Taft Point Worth It?

Absolutely yes! You can’t find views like Taft Point offers anywhere else. It is so beautiful, especially at sunset! While yes, you will have to hike the 2.2 mile roundtrip, the epic views you get when you reach Taft Point are amazing! And to top it all off, you’ll have professional photos taken here to remember the first time you got to experience Taft Point in Yosemite! πŸ˜‰

Kind Words From Colby & Brittany

“Alyssa has been an amazing photographer, her attention to detail, creativity , and fun personality makes me so excited for every session. She has captured my family photos in bass lake, spring – millerton session, Yosemite engagement and also my wedding. Every shoot is amazing with the ideas she has and being able to share ideas on Pinterest. Alyssa is professional, fast responding, and fun to be around. I can’t wait for future shoots with her and able to see her new creativity. Definitely book with Alyssa you will not be disappointed!”

Ready to Take The Adventure Together? Let’s Do It!

If you’re ready to get some epic photos and take the hike to Taft Point in Yosemite, then it’s always a good idea to take the adventure with an experienced Yosemite National Park Photographer! Lucky for you I know a girl who would LOVE to take that hike with you! πŸ˜‰ Whether you’re looking for Yosemite family photos, a Yosemite maternity session, Yosemite engagement photos, or Yosemite elopement photos, I’m up for it! You can learn more about me here and check out my Yosemite packages! If I sound like the best Yosemite photographer for you, then inquire with me here and let’s start planning your epic session next! In the meantime, make sure to check out more sessions in Yosemite on the blog for inspiration!

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