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

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 1,122 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Fee No dogs
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Please note, there are temporary road closures in this area over winter time. Please consult the park's website before visiting.

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Recordings (691)
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Val Pal
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LOVE this trail!! Awe-inspiring views, not too crowded. Amazing views of Half Dome, El Capitan, beautiful fall colors, what more could you want?!

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Pratik Vaidya
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Rory Loeb
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Beautiful combination of words and impressive views. Moderately crowded especially on the Taft Peak section.

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Shelby Derkas
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EPIC hike with incredible views. Went clockwise and it ended up being 7 miles total, but we missed a turn in the trail and ended up heading towards glacier point to tack on 2 extra miles accidentally. 3 and a half hours total with breaks included to enjoy the views and catch our breath. The final climb to the top of the dome is worth it, complete 360 views of the whole valley.

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Paul Rescigno
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Excellent

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Jeremy User
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Jacqlene S
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This is absolutely a 5 star trail. The views are amazing. We took our time hiking so we could take in some of the best scenery throughout. The air quality was great today, could see almost 360 views of all the major sites.

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Elyse Engerer
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Beautiful & worth the views!

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AllTrails User
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One of the best hikes ever! It's just the right length and it has a few mildly challenging uphill sections that give you a good workout without killing you. The views from both lookout spots are stupendous! The walk thru the woods was also very pleasant. Bring a camera because the photo opportunities are tremendous. Really loved this hike and so will you!

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Mike Peasley
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Heavy legs from Nevada Falls home yesterday so only did glacier point to Sentinal Rock. Great view of the park.

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Ben Rheinheimer
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Stewart Carnes
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The trailhead and parking is right next to Glacier Pt. Rd, The trail is well marked. I did the trail clockwise. The trail to Taft Point is beautiful and Taft Point is 10 stars. The trail from Taft Point to Sentinel Dome is a great trail through the forest with numerous points that open to views of Yosemite Valley. Sentinel Dome is nice, great views. The trail from Sentinel Dome to the parking lot was busy.

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Stewart Carnes
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Cathy Kennedy
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nice trail and well shaded. seems longer than whats listed.

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Chris Del Grande
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If this isn’t 5-stars, I don’t know what is

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Clayton Abbott
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Short but incredible hike. Definitely one of the easier loops, as the elevation change isn’t terrible. Forgot to start my recording until we were already on Sentinel Dome. Amazing 360 views from Sentinel, and obviously the views from Taft Point are incredible. I’m not afraid of heights, but looking over the edge is truly something I’ll never forget. Due to its popular nature and one way options, Taft and Sentinel were both fairly busy for a COVID weekend.

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Scott Harris
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Best view in Yosemite.

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Nicole Sharkey
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Serenity Hansen
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Great day hike ! Amazing views, El Capitan and half dome!

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Blue Sky
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Beautiful hike! One of my all time Yosemite favorites.

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Rob Mann
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Reyna Paisley
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Great for kids who enjoy hiking. There are shorter and easier out and back hikes too. This one was quiet on the connection loop and so amazing to walk through the trees. Personally think sentinel dome has the best views but Taft has the best experiences.

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Jonny Kang
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New favorite hike. Breathtaking views.

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Tara Boehm
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The best views. This is a must.

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Helen Sims
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Very rewarding views and the hike isn't too difficult.

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Anja Goebel
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Wow! Hands down one of the most beautiful trails I have been on. The views are spectacular. Take the time and climb up onto Sentinel Dome.for an amazing view if Yosemite Valley and all it’s treasures. The Fissures are amazing (have not found a picture that does them justice) and Taft Point spoiled us with a group of high-liners demonstrating their skills.

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nicolaos Perdikaris
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Bryan Walker
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Jon Konopack
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