Taft Point in Yosemite National Park is a popular location for those in search of beautiful views of the valley — it’s even become one of Yosemite’s signature photo stops for weddings and engagement photo shoots. The viewpoint made headlines recently as the location of a mysterious proposal, but yesterday, Taft Point became the scene of a much grimer situation. Two visitors fell to their deaths from the 7,500-foot high viewpoint.
The hikers have been identified as 30-year old Meenakshi Moorthy and 29-year old Vishnu Viswanath, Indian foreign nationals living in the United States. They ran a travel blog and Instagram account, where they had been posting pictures of their trip across the US. A photo from last year shows Moorthy standing on the edge of a precipice at the Grand Canyon, with a caption warning against the dangers of getting too close to the edge. The adrenaline, she says, “is not worth your life.”
Their Yosemite excursion was the last stop on their epic cross-country trip.
This isn’t the first fatal accident involving Yosemite hikers. This past May, a hiker died after falling from the park’s Half Dome cables, marking the first death in the park since 2010. Just one month later, two climbers died after falling from Yosemite’s Freeblast Route on El Capitan.