Sentinel Dome Trail

MODERATE 231 reviews
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Sentinel Dome Trail is a 2.1 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
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
456 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.

2 days ago

Must do hike. Had my 70 yr old parents with us and they got to the top. It’s a climb but totally worth it. The 360 views are amazing!

hiking
7 days ago

This trail is a must do in Yosemite. The views are absolutely phenomenal for minimal work. It’s especially great in the spring when Yosemite Falls are really roaring.

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing hike- in just a short, 1-mile easy hike, you're at the top of sentinel dome with 360 panoramic views. You can see el capitan, half dome, basket dome, north dome, yosemite falls, and many more amazing views! My favorite hike we did in Yosemite, even though it was so short!

10 days ago

My favorite trail we did in Yosemite. It’s a short hike with an incredible view at the top, and not many people travel it. The last .2 miles or so are a steep climb up the mountain to the viewpoint but it’s well worth it, and fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice, straight forward hike on a well marked trail. We went early and when we reached the top had the whole summit to ourselves for over an hour before the next hikers showed up. Amazing 360 view from the top of the valley and El Cap and Half Dome.

1 month ago

Steep and icey even late May. Great views at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike at sunset!! We did and we had the most amazing 360 view of the moon rising as the sun was setting behind us. In the top 3 most amazing things I’ve ever seen!

hiking
2 months ago

The climb was tough! But the views were absolutely worth it. It felt like we were walking straight up the entire time, though. And it was too crowded (this was why I took a star off). It is a trail you need to do at least once in your lifetime though. The views of half dome, Nevada, and vernal falls were breathtaking.

hiking
3 months 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 !!!

3 months ago

Easy yet so fun

hiking
4 months 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.

5 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).

6 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.

6 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!!

6 months ago

Amazing views as a reward for an easy climb.

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

Super easy trail...

hiking
6 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
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

Easy walking with amazing view

7 months ago

Best place to watch the sunrise in the park.

7 months ago

Great little hike for a stunning view!

hiking
7 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.

7 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

7 months ago

Incredible 360 degree views of the park

hiking
7 months ago

What a view!!

7 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.

8 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

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike to do after enjoying the view from the Glacier Point lookout! It offers similar birds-eye perspectives as the lookout, but with much less crowds and the ability to explore without barriers/signs. Best pictures during sunset. Plenty of places to relax and eat a lunch. good shade along the way, however limited once on the cliff. Look for giant pine cones and exotic-looking fungus/mushroom things (sorry, I'm not a mycologist or botanist, so that's my scientific name for them).

hiking
9 months ago

Took this hike in the early evening after dinner and a longer hike in the morning, since it's relatively short and easy. The hike up to Sentinel Dome is nothing special, but still a pleasant hike. The last 0.2 mile takes you around the dome where you can climb to the top for truly awesome views! Climbing the dome is easy to moderate in difficulty, but you can climb the granite dome as leisurely as you care to, while being treated to spectacular views all along the way. A must hike when you're visiting Yosemite!

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