Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop

MODERATE 41 reviews
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Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Village, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
8 days ago

Completed this trail on 6/9/18. Fantastic hike. Sentinel Dome was stunning. I highly recommend starting this trail to Sentinel Dome and then taking the loop to Taft Point. The trail from Sentinel Dome to Taft Point was mostly downhill or flat and mostly easy with only a few uphill climbs. Probably would be a bit more difficult if you reverse the direction. The views along the trail from Sentinel Dome to Taft Point were fantastic. It took us about 3 hours with plenty of stops along the way. Highly recommend.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice little loop to finish the day, but you should include glacier point

1 month ago

Way better than the out-and-back trails. Take the easy to miss Roosevelt trail along the south rim cliffside from Sentinel Falls and Roosevelt Point to near Sentinel Dome.

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk with some excellent views. The only problem is that the loop between sentinel dome and Taft point was covered in debris and had a slightly iffy river crossing in the middle.

hiking
6 months ago

A lot of big beautiful bang for your foot-powered buck on this one. A nice work out at a few points, but mostly a lovely stroll, with blow your mind views of all the Yosemite favorites. Great for the whole family. Lots of people on the trail but it didn’t feel too crowded.

hiking
7 months ago

Pleasant up and down hike through the woods at along the cliffs edge. Fair popular so go early.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great hike for our family of 6. We went in Oct 2017. We started at about 1pm, hiking first to the top of Sentinel Peak. We stayed there and took in the view for about 45 mins. Great view of both Half Dome and El Capitan. Then continued the loop for some great views of the valley floor. Crossed a creek and was surprised to see water this late in the season. Second half of the trail goes through cool rock formations and large trees. Beautiful day with not a cloud in site. A little hazy but still breathtaking views.

hiking
9 months ago

I combined several trails. The four mile trail offers great views of the valley, I didn't go all the way to the valley though , I stopped at Union Point and climbed back up. The Pohono trail seems like a slat walk in the woods , nothing exciting - but it leads you to Taft Point ,which offers spectacular views - don't miss it , I spent an hour there admiring the views !!!

hiking
9 months ago

We went with intent to do Taft Point/Fissures only but decided our last day needed to be a little more.

Nice views from Sentinel Dome but even better was a secluded point we happened upon when the backside loop made a small fork.

We continued on to Taft/Fissures area. The fissures are ok; you can get a few nice views to the valley below.

There are two points there that offer really nice views.

Glad we did the full loop instead of just the fissures.

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