Sentinel Dome Trail

MODERATE 216 reviews
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Sentinel Dome Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, 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.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
413 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
15 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the park. Amazing 360 views on the top of the dome. View of half dome Yosemite falls Nevada and vernal falls. And it’s absolutely stunning!! A Must do in Yosemite. It’s worth it to make it to the top if you take your time anyone can do it !!!

19 days ago

Easy yet so fun

hiking
1 month ago

Best kept secret in the valley. Steep hike out and no water sources so will need to pack water if staying over night. Beats staying in a crowded camp site and provides 360 degrees of the valley.

2 months ago

Beautiful dome at the end of trail with fantastic valley views, as well as the views of half dome, Yosemite falls and el cap. It was not super crowded so it feels like a relatively quieter experience compared to glacier point which is crawling with people (not underestimating glacier point though, it is still a must visit).

3 months ago

Absolutely stunning views! The sun was creating a rainbow effect in Yosemite Falls! Not a difficult hike per se, but the reality check for the novice hiker: my Fit Bit was giving me a ‘Woo Hoo’ for climbing 73 flights (at 8000+elevation)! I plan to hike this again.

3 months ago

Light traffic, no crowds, just pure enjoyment. Easy hike to the dome from Taft Point trailhead. Went ahead and took the path to Glacier Point after. Great way to spend Thanksgiving!!

3 months ago

Amazing views as a reward for an easy climb.

3 months ago

absolutely beautiful view, 360 degrees. I will do it again

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy trail...

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning 360 degree views. You get a great look at El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and some wildfires in the background. Also make sure to see the fallen Jeffrey Pine tree on top, made famous by Ansel Adams. This trail is a must do if you are on Glacier Point Road. Combine it with Taft Point for an unforgettable experience.

hiking
4 months ago

A perfect quick hike with stunning views at the top of Sentinel Dome.

4 months ago

Easy walking with amazing view

4 months ago

Best place to watch the sunrise in the park.

4 months ago

Great little hike for a stunning view!

hiking
4 months ago

First time hiking this trail. I personally thought it was a moderate hike. Pathway was marked. But we chickened out getting to the very top...we had the wrong shoes, thought we'd slip! pretty chilly on the way ..take a jacket.

4 months ago

easy hike. I did not go all the way to the top because my dear of heights kicked in big time about 100 yards from the top of the dome. but I still had the most amazing views

4 months ago

Incredible 360 degree views of the park

hiking
4 months ago

What a view!!

4 months ago

Went for sunset and stayed for the star gazing. Jaw dropping views of the sunset and stars. Bring a blanket,snacks, and a warm beverage. A head lamp too (because it's dark). Easy hike there and back.

5 months ago

Worth continuing on to Taft Point from Sentinel Dome for even more spectacular views. Convenient shortcut to car park if you don't feel like going the whole way to Taft Point

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