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Sentinel Dome Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 456 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm Sentinel Dome starts from Glacier Point Road and scales one of Yosemite's high domes and offers a full breathtaking 360 degree view. 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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3 days ago

Short trail, great place to watch the sunset!

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4 days ago

Definitely recommend. Got started at 8am and were back in the car by 2:30 (took ~30 min break at Taft point to have lunch). The beginning was probably one of the hardest parts. The views are definitely worth it! I would bring enough snacks or a lunch And enough water. There were a couple of trees blocking the trail but nothing to hard to get through.

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rocky
7 days ago

Is an easy to moderate hike to top.. way up from trailhead Is mostly uphill with the last accent to top the most challenging. Don’t be discouraged as saw hikers from age 6-70 going up. Will be rewarded with magnificent views of the park, valley and peaks.. Do wear good shoes as some areas can be slippery

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9 days ago

Easy, short hike in Yosemite - definitely recommend taking it even if you’re an avid hiker. The view at the top made it worthwhile.

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11 days ago

Easy and very rewarding hike. Pay attention to where you’re walking as some parts may seem confusing—especially going back down. I’d recommend not eating while up there as there are a lot of bees and they’re pretty stubborn. I have a slight phobia, but I managed by not standing still for too long.

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12 days ago

Terrific hike for views of many Yosemite favorites: El Cap, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls. Trail has some uneven sections that aren't too difficult to negotiate. The last 0.1 mile is up the dome and probably isn't bad for fit, experienced hikers. Nothing wrong with taking your time and taking in the views as you work your way up either.

This is a nice hike that is family friendly and gorgeous views from the top. Trail head starts at a bathroom, which is open. Trail goes from dirt path to rocky and then a rocky climb up sentinel dome. The views of El Capitan, The Falls, and Half Dome are breathtaking.

Great view at the top (360 of half dome and all mountains ) and fairly gradual hike ! High Cp value!

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16 days ago

Nice Hike. Not too hard, great views.

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18 days ago

Views are amazing... there is very limited parking across the road where the service road begins, and if you cannot find parking here, go to the Taft Point / Sentinel dome parking lot...

rocky
18 days ago

Did this hike last year when we took some friends to Yosemite. After doing some of the more touristy hikes in Yosemite Valley, this was a great hike to get away from the crowds and have a birds eye view of the entire valley. Make sure you go allllll the way to the top as the views of half dome are epic. You also can see vernal falls in the distance. Bring a hat as there is no shade once you're climbing the dome. If you only have a short time in the park and want to avoid crowds, this trail is a great (and relatively easy other than the last 1/4 mile) way to soak in the amazing views of Yosemite Valley.

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18 days ago

Beautiful hike! The view at the end is jaw dropping!

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20 days ago

Not a terribly difficult hike, but one with an AMAZING payoff at the end! 360 degree views of Yosemite Valley. El Capitan, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, North Dome, Mount Star King. You name it, you can see it.

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snow
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Awesome views!!! Good spot to have lunch at! :)

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4 months ago

Hiked this trail in June. The trail itself is ok, nothing that interesting that I came across. But the views at the top are one of the best views I have experienced in my life. At the top of the dome you do get that idealistic 360 degree view, which makes this hike stand out from some of the other easier hikes in the area. Since we had so much rain and snow in the winter and spring last year, the views were as spectacular as could be with visible snow caps everywhere, including patches on the dome. Hopefully this year will be the same.

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7 months ago

Did the loop but only went to sentential dome not Taft point

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rocky
7 months ago

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7 months ago

Sentinel Dome was so special to my husband that we got married on the top of the Dome 6/24/16!

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7 months ago

Favourite spot in Yosemite. So beautiful. Steep climb to the top!

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8 months ago

A great hike, reasonably short but steep. The views are stunning. My favorite spot in Yosemite. In Oct 2017 I hiked with my girlfriend and proposed at the top. She said yes! 2 years later, we did the same my family and we watched as another couple became engaged at the summit!

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8 months ago

360 views. Great hike .

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8 months ago

An amazing hike with a little climb to the top. Climbing to the top rewards you with stunning views of El Cap and Half Dome. Our 5 and 12 year olds loved the view from the top. We went on to Taft Point, recommend it as well.

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8 months ago

Do this trail! It has one of the best views of the valley, you amazing views of half dome and El Capitan. It’s just over 2 miles round trip (1.1 miles out and the same back) and it makes you feel like you’ve earned the view without being as challenging as say Nevada falls. It’s pretty easy most of the way, but the last 0.2 miles is a nice challenge to the top of Sentinel Dome, but worth it. Best value for your time and effort. Like all hikes, go early to avoid the crowds. This is a must do for all.

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8 months ago

Gorgeous views, absolutely a must do in the area. Save your time and skip Taft Point. This trail gives you the same views but at a higher elevation and much better vantage point. El Cap and Half Dome easily visible from top.

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8 months ago

Amazing hike. We left from Glacier Point which added a little more to the climb but it was perfect. The final climb to the peak was definitely tough but worth it. Views at the top were unparalleled. I would highly recommend doing this one.

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8 months ago

Short easy hike with amazing 360 degree views, including Half Dome and El Capitan.

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8 months ago

Great family friendly hike. The end of it does walk up the dome and is fairly steep. I’m not sure how little kids would do, but it’s not dangerous. Just steep. It’s a short hike that offers spectacular 360 degree views. We did this on our rest/recovery day after half dome and it was just enough.

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8 months ago

Took this hike on the afternoon of 10/14, with the sun out and the temperature around 60 with the wind blowing. After just two miles I had just taken in some of the most renown sights in Yosemite in Half Dome and El Capitan! What a great panoramic view from up on top of Sentinel! I’d suggest this for a quick up and back and potentially for younger or inexperienced hikers looking for some adventure and take in some great views.

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8 months ago

Highly Recommend! This hike is the biggest bang for your buck. The 360 degree views you get for a little over 2 mi of hiking are incredible. We hiked this 10/17, and the smoke/clouds made the view pretty hazy in the distance. Even so, worthwhile. On a clear day, I don’t think there would be a better view in the entire park. If you’ve been to glacier point, this is even better. There’s a large marker on the top that points out what you’re looking at in each direction. Overall, with the exception of the final climb up the dome, this trail seemed pretty obvious on where to follow. There’s one short, rocky portion on the side of a hill where you’ll want to be more careful to not trip or roll an ankle. Nothing unavoidable if you walk slowly. The last 0.1 mi is climbing straight up the dome. Roughly 125 ft or so. The dome is really big on top. Just choose the safest way up and back down. There’s no particular path. We went around 5 pm, and it started to get a bit chilly and windy, particularly up top.

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