Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop

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Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop is a 5.1 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 5.1 miles Elevation Gain: 1,122 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

Like a lot of review have said, underrated!!!! I loved this hike, it's not super hard, but you get amazing views and some challenge if you'd like. Sentinel Dome was great!

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing view everywhere. Lovely hike, steep at times but not difficult.

hiking
11 days ago

Sentinel dome is the most underrated hike in the park. It has an amazing 360 view of the valley. Highly recommended.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Amazing views! A bit of snow even this late into June but nothing to be scared of

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent views from both sentinel dome and Taft point. watched slack liners on Taft point do their thing. moderate inclines, beautiful trail.

hiking
off trail
snow
1 month ago

My friend and I spontaneously decided to do this trail while we were on Sentinel Dome since it was only about 2.8 miles to Taft Point. It took us longer than we thought since there was still snow on the ground which made it hard to know where the trail went. Despite that, the views are gorgeous and this is now one of my favorite trails!! :) Will definitely bring a map next time though.

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
washed out
1 month ago

Bring comfortable shoes. plenty of water and bring food. take as many breaks as you need. be prepared for the trip back. no shuttle service. there may be your buses w vacancy est cost for ticket is $26 a head.

hiking
off trail
snow
1 month ago

Gorgeous views on the top of the dome but hiking is not ideal for inexperienced hikers. Sign at the beginning discouraged hikers from snow covered, unmarked (no blazes) trails. As experienced hikers with a GPS, we got disoriented and lost. NO BLAZES until you reach Taft Point and even then they are very limited! Difficult to navigate through the snow with no markers. Not a difficult hike but without a GPS, be careful to pay attention. Be prepared with waterproof shoes and food and water. Still covered with a bit of snow as of June 6th.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

I did hiking today 6/7/19 but very good view but snow and water stream disturbing to find hiking trial. I recommend counter clockwise, sentinel first and Taft second at this time like early summer. However view is spectacular and amazing as well.

hiking
1 month ago

6/1 - plenty of snow, had to pay close attention to the trail and slow going in the stretch up to Taft point. GPS was helpful but fine without any other special equipment. Amazing hike!

2 months ago

Attempted this trail on 5/14. The sign posted at the TH said that rangers did not encourage people to hike these trails because of snow cover obscuring the trails themselves. We talked with a ranger, however, who said a lot of folks were completing the trail (at least to Sentinel Dome or Taft Pt, not necessarily the loop) and encouraged us to go for it. We wore yaktrax and had trekking poles, both very useful for the snow. The trail to Sentinel Dome was hard to follow at some points; we met up with some folks using the GPS tracker on this app to stay on trail. There were also some sticks and stones marking the trail at points. Sentinel Dome itself was free of snow cover and views were unparalleled. My hub and I decided to keep going alone and attempt the loop. We couldn't find many footprints or trail markers though, and we were closer to the sloping sides of the mountain so decided to turn back around and go to Taft Point by returning to the parking lot/TH and taking the other route. Taft Point hike was even more snow covered with more water to cross. *However: there are yellow blazes marking the route.* We didn't initially know this and relied on the couple using GPS again. 1 mile felt much longer because of trudging through snow without any real features on the way (though peaceful and lovely trek through woods), but the views are simply breathtaking at the end. Even though we weren't able to complete this specific route, both destinations merit the five stars.

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best trail in the world!

7 months ago

awesome hike! we parked at the sentinel dome pull out and did a loop, going L first to Taft point (fissures are AMAZING!) then going around to sentinel dome via the upper trail as opposed to straight backtracking. that second leg of the hike we encountered maybe two other people. it's worth it to ascend sentinel dome when u get there, beautiful 360 views. great hike all around, moderate, not to hard at all. some inclines

8 months ago

Great. Two hikes in one. A Yosemite must. Not hard.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike take hit sentinel dome first to the right. This way avoids ton of uphill. Hit it early if you want parking. We started about 9AM not too many cars. Upon return no spots available about 1ish.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing walk. Not too tough walk, only major uphill bit is up sentinel dome (if you walk round that way first). Amazing Panoramic views at top of sentinel dome with views of half dome, el captain, three brothers and upper Yosemite falls (no water flowing from the falls however as was late October). Nice wooded walk to Taft point. Taft point was also incredible views with sharp cliff drop so not for those really scared of heights, but can just not go too close to the edge and there is a railing at the cliff edge. No toilets on the walk but some at the car pack at trailhead. Wasn’t too busy in late October but car park was very small and nearly full fit about 20 cars but there was some parking near by along the road.

hiking
8 months ago

Gorgeous hike. My second most spectacular after Upper Yosemite Falls. Loved it!

hiking
8 months ago

Spectacular!

9 months ago

Best views of the trip on Sentinel Dome. Also enjoyed the guy free climbing the fin in the fissures.

9 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views and really enjoyed doing this one in reverse -- from Taft Point to Sentinel Dome. Magnificent vistas, diversity of landscapes, challenging, and lots of shade. Taft Point was amazing and peaceful.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful walk, so nice in september

10 months ago

Definitely start this one early and go to Sentinel Dome first. We added Glacier Point for an extra 2 miles. Taft point was really beautiful and there was a tight rope walker at the fissures!! Loved how on the top of Sentinel Dome there was a map pointing out the peaks you see.

10 months ago

Beautiful views! I definitely second everyone who said to start toward Sentinel Dome and walk the loop counterclockwise. Trailhead parking lot was full, but the area across from the service road was empty.

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