Sentinel Dome
Sentinel Dome
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At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State101,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is one of my favorite places to hike in Yosemite, and I was happy to ascend the dome twice during my October visit.

I chose to hike the 5 mile loop including Taft Point & Pohono Trail, ending with Sentinel Dome. The trail views are terrific in this direction and then I end on top of Sentinel Dome. Enjoying my picnic lunch from this viewpoint is amazing.

Another hiker pointed out a person on a slack line between Liberty Cap & Mt. Broderick (in the direction of Half Dome.) I watched with my phone camera and I wished I had brought my binoculars again.

I also wished I had some secret cleanser with me to eradicate the graffiti that another visitor "left" on one of the rocks on Sentinel Dome. Grrrr.

Sentinel Dome trailhead parking has been repaved and the vault toilet replaced with a “double.” There is also an additional parking lot to the west, slightly closer to Taft Point. I chose the Taft Point parking lot for both of my loop hikes, but it doesn’t matter as it’s a loop.

I saw that the “secret shortcut parking” for folks who just want to hike up Sentinel Dome has been paved as part of the Glacier Point roadwork. If I had not chosen to hike the longer loop, I’d definitely use this small parking lot across from the service road.
Written October 24, 2023
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Kiki
Minneapolis, MN78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
TRAIL: moderate to strenuous walk for average person. Easy to see trail. Some signs. Gravel/dirt/ rock trail, uneven ground throughout. Gradual uphill walk and some downhill. Some parts shaded. No stairs.

RESTROOMS: YES at trailhead/ parking lot.
Restrooms easy to find: YES.

PARKING: LIMITED PARKING by trailhead.

Wheelchair and stroller friendly: NO.
Benches to sit on: NO.

LENGTH OF TIME spent here: 1.5-2 hours
Perfect time of day to go: anytime.

For Kids/Couples: anyone who has good balance coordination.
Written September 28, 2023
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State101,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Since Glacier Point Road is closed this year, it’s not really feasible to enjoy the short hike up to the top of Sentinel Dome. So this year we just viewed Sentinel Dome from North Dome across the Valley. It is a very different perspective to look at Sentinel Dome rather than being on Sentinel Dome.
Written June 17, 2022
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MichaelS848484
Pittsburgh, PA506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The hike up to Sentinel Dome is relatively easy, especially in comparison to many of the other hikes in Yosemite. It is mostly flat until you get around the dome, and then you climb up. It's just over a mile each way, but not overly strenuous. Even the climb at the end isn't that bad. Once you are up there...

WOAH! The views from the top are astonishing. You can see in EVERY direction. Half Dome, El Capitan, and Nevada Falls... it's all there, along with a ton more. There are some boulders on top that are good for sitting/climbing on for pics. The scenic views are endless.

We did this the day after we did the Nevada Falls loop, which was a strenuous, long hike. This was a bit of work, but not that bad; our tired legs easily handled it, and the views were well worth it. We also visited Glacier Point while in this area, and while that pales in comparison with this, the views were good, and these two tourist attractions combined for a decent amount of the day.

Sentinel Dome is well worth the short hike.
Written September 23, 2021
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eleanor G
Newport, RI353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This is my second trip to Yosemite and I was still impressed with the beauty of this location. I could do this ride over and over again.
Written August 23, 2021
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Hagay D
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
In Lonley Plant they say that this hike seems like a cheat. You get to such wonderfull Vista point with relatively short trail which is fairly easy. The view is astonishing, you can see the entire valley with it magnificent rock formation. You can also see the Nevada falls. The trail it self is relatively flat and just in the very end You climb to the Dome. We saw several small children doing the trail
Written July 19, 2021
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sharonbQ7070AK
Novi, Michigan39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Don't miss this hike! It's pretty short but the pay off is amazing. It took us about 30 minutes or so to get to the top where there is a panoramic view. The view is probably better than at Glacier Point and it wasn't crowded. Definitely worth the time. Would be amazing to see the sun set here.
Written July 13, 2021
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
If you can't get a permit to hike Half Dome, or are unwilling or unable to do that extremely strenuous, scary and long hike, but still have a desire to go to the top of a dome in Yosemite, this is a great option. It is really short - only about 2 miles round trip and getting to the top of the dome is not particularly difficult or scary. The 360 degree view you get from the top is absolutely stunning - probably the best ratio of reward vs. effort of any hike you will ever take! If you go early in the morning, like most things in Yosemite, it will not be very crowded. After you have completed this hike, you can continue on to Glacier Point for a much more crowded view but don't feel guilty if you choose not to - even though it is also spectacular it does not come close to matching the view from here. The trail to Taft Point starts at the same trailhead but goes in the opposite direction. While we did not do that due to time constraints, it is apparently also not very long or difficult, so you could consider it if you want to get some more hiking in
Written July 6, 2021
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Anthony S
Roanoke, VA607 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Maybe the best view in Yosemite. 360 degree panoramic view of everything at GP..and then some. Highly recommend..Go all the way to the to. It’s worth a little sweat
Written July 6, 2021
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gsgman777
Columbia, IL719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We were in Yosemite for 2 full days between our time in San Francisco and Las Vegas. Honestly, I thought this would be the low point of the trip but we enjoyed it just as much or more than the the other legs.
We started out that morning going to Glacier Point, then climbed Sentinel Dome and ended in the Valley. It was an awesome day. The hike from the parking area to the dome was about 30 minutes (I think). Then we went to the top of the dome and took in the full 360 view. It was brilliant. You could see everything up there and if you push yourself to the top you won't regret it.
Written June 9, 2021
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