Sentinel Dome Trail

MODERATE 188 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
554 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.

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24 minutes ago

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

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5 days ago

Easy walking with amazing view

6 days ago

7 days ago

Best place to watch the sunrise in the park.

7 days ago

Great little hike for a stunning view!

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13 days 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.

hiking
15 days 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

17 days ago

Incredible 360 degree views of the park

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19 days ago

What a view!!

20 days 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.

20 days ago