Sentinel Dome

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Sentinel Dome
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At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
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MichaelS848484
Pittsburgh, PA424 contributions
Get a 360 degree view of the entire valley without a difficult hike!
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 23 September 2021
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eleanor G
Newport, RI298 contributions
Wow
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 23 August 2021
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Hagay D
32 contributions
Breathtaking Vista point
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 19 July 2021
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sharonbQ7070AK
Novi, Michigan31 contributions
Amazing views with relatively short hike
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 13 July 2021
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM111 contributions
Best Reward vs. Effort Hike Ever
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 6 July 2021
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Anthony S
Roanoke, VA569 contributions
Go all the way to the top
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 6 July 2021
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gsgman777
Columbia, IL355 contributions
Great Hike and Awesome Views!
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 9 June 2021
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Gus6
Los Angeles, CA67 contributions
The best kept secret in all Yosemite
Nov 2019
You'll see what no picture will make justice
It's incredibly beautiful and more, you can't miss this visit
It's just a short hike (45')
Best time of the day the sunset, but make sure to get a flashlight with you, there's no chance to make it back with daylight (obviously) and you'll need some light to find your way back
Written 12 October 2020
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HappyTravels1359
3 contributions
Very Scenic
Sep 2020
Beautiful place. Visited in Sept 2020 and they have cones on the "shortcut" route farther up Glacier Point road. Did the loop to Taft Point and would not recommend as it does not follow the edge of the cliff - was not very scenic and was longer than going back to parking lot and then to Taft Point. If I had to do again, would go back to the parking lot.
Written 10 September 2020
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MidwestAlpinist
Chicago, IL173 contributions
Greats views!
Aug 2020
The views from Sentinel dome are breathtaking. You can see Half Dome and the eastern half of Yosemite Valley on one side, and El Capitan, the Three Brothers, and the western half of Yosemite Valley on the other side.

The hike is relatively easy for anyone who is healthy. It's about 2 miles round trip. My wife made it and she's never hiked up a mountain in her life. The trail winds around the backside of Sentinel Dome and gently ascends to the summit. It is not as steep as it might seem when you look up at it from the approach on the opposite side.

Use caution if it is raining or wet outside, unless you are experienced. The granite stone is smooth and polished and it can get extremely slippery when wet.
Written 19 August 2020
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