Sentinel Dome Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.
Sentinel Dome is a short, moderate 2.2 mile RT trail starting from Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park that scales one of Yosemite's high domes and offers a full breathtaking 360 degree view. Sentinel Dome Trail is a short 2.2 mile RT hike from Glacier Point Road to a spectacular 360 degree view of Yosemite NP. It provides one of the very best NP experiences for the effort you can find. To the west, you'll see almost a reverse Tunnel View of the Yosemite Valley and can see beyond to the Merced River canyon. To the north is Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. You'll see Nevada Falls, Half Dome and Clouds Rest to the east, and many of the High Sierra peaks. This summit was made famous by Ansel Adam's 1940 photo of the Jeffrey Pine tree. The tree perished in 1977, and fell over in 2003. The trail crosses a bridge over a stream near the beginning of the hike and gradually slopes up along a granite floor among the pines. It then turns slightly left and after a gradual climb through more pines, meets the base of the dome, where you then take a sharp left straight up onto the exposed dome. Enjoy the views! An alternate route begins at the service road entrance about a half mile towards Glacier Point from the main trailhead. This spur joins the main trail at the base of the dome and is about two thirds of a mile.
I did this trail 4 or 5 years ago but still have to leave a review. This hike is great. I hiked it in June and there was still snow on the top of the dome in some areas. We hiked it during mid morning and ate lunch at the top of the dome. It was nice to enjoy the view while eating lunch. Beautiful 360 view of Yosemite landmarks. We did, however, have a bear encounter hiking back to the parking. We kept our distance and the bear stayed away. Still 50ft away was too close for me. Overall, it was a great hike.
Love this trail! Not a long trail. You do need to pay attention to the path because it is very uneven. The view on top of sentinel dome is amazing! Great view of half done and Yosemite valley. Lots of bees at the top though.
Less crowded but just as spectacular as Glacier Point. Parked along Glacier Point Rd as the parking lot is small. There is a bathroom at the trail head. The hike has a slight incline with a couple small areas of rocks you need to traverse through. Steep incline when you get to the dome. It was very windy on top of Sentinel Dome. We continued the hike and took the trail to Glacier Point after enjoying the view on Sentinel.
Amazing hike, definitely worth it. Bring extra water for the uphill hike and get ready for the beautiful views of Yosemite!
One of the best views you can ever have of the Yosemite valley and also it's major landmarks all can be seen in this bird's eye view place after the significant gain of elevation at the end of the hike. Worth doing it for sure.
Worth the extra mile to avoid the crowds and tourists of Glacier point. It is a breathtaking 360 degree view of the valley and there is a bad ass compass at the top that lets you know what you're looking at. My partner and I started right before sunset (as recommended by several different ppl) and made this hike in 25 min. Matthews's idea to check out the stars at Glacier afterwords is also killer.
Fairly easy trail, get there early because parking fills up!
The trail is easy enough, getting to the top of the dome looks a little intimidating to some but it's much easier than it looks. The view is AMAZING at the top. Take your time if you aren't used to the altitude, it really hits you here! My boyfriend and I did this hike and then followed the trail to Glacier Point. We ran out of time from doing that trail so didn't go to Taft Point, plan to tackle it next time.
The trail is pretty short and fun, but doing it at sunset should be required for any stay in Yosemite. Drive up to Glacier Point (2 miles) to check out the stars afterward.
Great hike and I love the views at the top! There are few people at Tioga area compared to the Valley, which makes it that much better!