Sentinel Dome Trail

MODERATE 116 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.

23 hours ago

View from the top is well worth the climb

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4 days ago

Nice mile climb up to a beautiful view.

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10 days ago

Incredible panoramic views of Yosemite- you can see everything from up there and it's a short hike. Went up 2 days ago and there was still snow up top so bring layers.

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13 days ago

One of the best day hikes in the park. Awesome views, and interesting terrain. Limited parking, so head out early!

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13 days ago

Awesome hike to do with young kids. I had a 2 and 4 year old in tow. Great views. Some unavoidable snow hiking makes it extra interesting this time of year.

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13 days ago

Awesome hike to do with young kids. I had a 2 and 4 year old in tow. Great views. Some unavoidable snow hiking makes it extra interesting this time of year.

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17 days ago

Our first night in Yosemite we headed up here about an hour before sunset. The trail was mild - both in terms of temperature and climb, with the final trek up the dome itself being the only trickier part. There were about 15 other people up at the top with us watching the sun go down, quieter than I expected for mid-August.

We did quite a bit of hiking in Yosemite, but this trail was by far the best for awesome views. Such amazing payoff for a quick hike. We hiked it in late May, and there was still snow on the dome but we were able to get up it. This is an awesome hike!

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24 days ago

The snow doesn't block the climb. There's a track in the snow that is perfect for "sledding" down, so bring your tarp! To climb, go to the left of that track. If you don't have poles, you may be putting your hands in the snow to climb, so be prepared. Well worth it!

26 days ago

the view from the top is worth the climb

a little snow, not bad

1 month ago

This trail is currently covered in deep snow hiding the trail

2 months ago