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Experience Level

Moderate

Hiking

1-3 miles

Elevation

7,500-7,800 feet

Registration Fee

$99

Program Overview: Spend a moonlit evening at Taft Point, an iconic viewpoint on the south rim of Yosemite Valley. This guided hike follows a mile-long route from Glacier Point Road to the Taft Point, overlook, where you can catch the sunset while enjoying views of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Sierra peaks stretching into the distance. As night descends, your naturalist guide will share insights into the area’s natural and human history, from the story behind the point’s presidential name to the geology of the point’s giant fissures. After a few hours of scenery, science and stories, hike back out under the full moon. Don’t forget to bring your camera — and your curiosity!

Know Before You Go

  • When: Friday, July 23, 7 pm to around midnight
  • Where: Taft Point
  • Registration includes: Guided evening hike, park entry (as needed), and two nights of tent camping at a shared group site in Yosemite Valley (July 23 and 24). There is no discount if you choose not to use the included gate pass or campsite.
  • Lodging: Tent camping (included), or upgrade to Curry Village for an additional fee. Camping and lodging dates cannot be adjusted. The upgrade option expires 30 days before the program.
  • Experience level: No experience necessary, but be prepared to hike after dark on uneven terrain.

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COVID-19: We have implemented special safety measures to keep participants and instructors safe during the ongoing pandemic. For example, participants will hike single-file and keep moving to avoid crowding the trail, and instructors will stop to offer interpretation only when there is ample space to stay at least six feet apart. Please review our COVID-19 procedures for details.