Taft Point was beautiful in the late afternoon when we went, and we had the place all to ourselves. Our party included Lynda (aka Zarathustraswife), daughter Alexa (18), son Nathan (16) step-daughters Haley (8) and Heather (6).
If you are not careful the fissures can sneak up on you. The view is pretty amazing from this point. I hiked this with my husband and our kids. The older kids were brave enough to climb out to the edge and look over giving us pretty good scare.
I was a mere 100 yards from the point on my last attempt in May '09 but had to turn around due to exhaustion. (just kidding). Actually the trail was snowed in and finding my way was futile so turned back and went to Sentinel Dome. Again in September '10. First stop on a loop to Sentinel again.