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Sentinel Dome

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Address: Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
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At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.

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Outstanding Sunset!

This is a short, easy hike with a final view of the valley and El Capitan. We stayed here for the sunset, and it was absolutely unreal. Don't miss this hike on your way up to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a short, easy hike with a final view of the valley and El Capitan. We stayed here for the sunset, and it was absolutely unreal. Don't miss this hike on your way up to Glacier Point. There aren't the crowds of tourists you'll find elsewhere throughout the park as well. Great spot.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A group of us did the short version of the walk in a late afternoon last November and it was absolutely beautiful. The views are incredible as well as the landscape. If I could do it again I would do the extended version of the walk and do it a bit earlier. FYI the last part of the short walk... More 

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Ocean, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

I hiked from Glacier point at sunrise around to sentinel dome and Taft point. What an amazing hike with great views at every turn. Make the extra effort and enjoy the natural beauty of the area

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

It was a great early morning hike...not difficult but you felt like you'd accomplished something once you were on top. Incredible views. Same parking spot as for the hike to Taft Point. Not crowded at that time of the day.

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

After getting slightly fed up with constant crowds we tried this hike, we loved it so much we did the extended version which loops round and back to Tafts Point. Amazing views. Better than Glacier Point I think! Also missed a bear by 10 mins!

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Eastpointe, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

If you liked Glacier Point, you will love Sentinel Dome, which offers views of Yosemite Valley comparable, or even superior to, Glacier Point without the massive crowds if you are up for a bit of walking. Sure, you will not be alone. But there are FAR fewer folks at Sentinel Dome. It's a relatively easy one mile hike to Sentinel... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This trail shares a parking lot with the Taft Point trail, a park ranger told us they were both easy and the same length. We did both hikes, and would rate this hike as harder than Taft Point but still "easy". We were here in July and did not even think about wearing sunscreen, which was a mistake, as this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We drove up to Glacier Point at dawn to beat the crowds and watch the sun rise behind Half Dome. Afterwards, we drove back down the road — passing several tour buses packed with visitors! Boy, we just made it — to the Sentinel Dome trailhead for an easy walk to the base of the dome. It was an equally... More 

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Endwell, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The hike up to Sentinel Dome is a little steep at the end but it is so well worth the work! You get an unimaginable complete view of Yosemite Valley and it's surroundings. We went in October so it was a little cool up there - not a bad idea to bring a little something to wear while you're up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Most of the hike is pretty easy, with easily marked trails.. the steep part towards is manageable and especially since the summit can be easily seen a few hundred meters away. Affords a great 360-degree view

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