Pohnono Trail to Sentinel Dome Trail Loop

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Pohnono Trail to Sentinel Dome Trail Loop is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Curry Village, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until August.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
810 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Wow what a hike! Got into Yosemite around 3 in the morning. It was pretty dark so I took my time driving up to the sentinel dome parking lot. Starting hiking around 4:30 with a flashlight and this app. Trail was well marked I could follow it pretty much in pitch black. The hike to sentinel dome was pretty easy but the climb up the dome was pretty steep so make sure to watch your step.

Watching the sunrise from the top of the dome was one of the most serene and awesome experiences I've done while hiking. Only one other group was up there, so plenty of space to walk around, sit on a rock, and enjoy the amazing views. I would recommend a million times over if you are able to witness the sunrise, you won't regret it.

After about an hour and a half of relaxing I decided to hike to glacier point. Mostly downhill and again amazing views. The hike back up, being the same trial just in reverse is all uphill so it can be difficult for people not in the best of shape. As I continued down the Trail going counterclockwise below the dome I encountered a fairly easy hike with amazing views of the valley. Make sure to bring bug spray. In the early morning it was buggy! There is a little off trail when you meet a creek that flows off the face of the mountain. Take that little trail maybe .1 miles and you will have amazing views similar to that of Taft point but with a lot less people. Be careful, the side of the mountain is a straight drop hundreds of feet down and unlike Taft point, there is no guardrail.

I continued down the trail to Taft point and it was a mix of uphill and downhill so parts can be difficult. Taft point again just like everywhere else on this hike had amazing views.

In total I spent 6 hours and hiked about 8 miles. Well worth it to see some of the best sites this world has to offer.

hiking
4 months ago

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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Monday, July 18, 2016

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!

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tuesday, July 22, 2014