Pohnono Trail to Sentinel Dome Trail Loop is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Riverkern, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until August.
Gangulphus Ridge is a section of the Pohono Trail connecting Sentinel Dome & Taft Point. The trail features extensive views of the valley floor below, as well as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.
This is part of the far longer Pohono Trail, this portion goes between Sentinel Dome and Taft Point and can be used to go from one area to another. We saw this path on our way to and from Taft Point and took it instead of going back to the trailhead and then on to Sentinel Dome. Let our mistake be a warning to you, if you are going to hike this section you should do it in the reverse direction, start at Sentinel Dome and head towards Taft Point.
Going in the direction that we went, towards Sentinel Dome, it starts off on fairly even ground and takes you through a nice wooded area giving way in to an open rocky area, eventually leading to a small creek and then its uphill the rest of the way. Make no mistake, this is far from the hardest hike you are going to find in Yosemite, but its by no means easy, the continual uphill part makes this a quite challenging hike, if you decide to go in the direction we went you will most likely find that everyone else hiking this will be going the opposite direction.
However despite all of this, you are going to see some amazing scenery along the way! This follows the south rim of the valley and you are treated breathtaking and high elevation views of the valley below, the falls, and even Half Dome. This can be a hard hike depending on where you start, but its definitely worth it in the end!