Sentinel Dome Trail

MODERATE 157 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.

hiking
15 hours 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).

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4 days ago

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6 days 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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18 days ago

This trail was the bomb! I hiked this trail with my family which included my 3 younger kids and elderly in laws, and this trail provided a spectacular outdoor experience for us all! :)

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22 days ago

More of an easy trail with incredible views.

hiking
24 days ago

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24 days ago

This is a terrific hike when combined with Taft Point via the Pohono Trail along the north rim of Yosemite Valley. This loop pushes the hike well over 5 miles and adds a couple thousand up-and-down vertical feet. The views from Sentinel Dome, Taft Point, and all along the Pohono Trail are second to none. Consider this a must-do if you have a couple days in Yosemite. Technically the hike is easy, but the altitude and climbing will get your attention. Pohono is basically empty between these two destinations, but you will probably have some company on both ends of your journey.

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24 days ago

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25 days ago

The third day of Yosemite hikes: We hiked from Glacier Point Road to Taft Point, then to Sentinel Dome, and to Glacier Point.

hiking
1 month ago

If you're planning on hiking both Sentinel Dome and Taft Point, highly recommend taking the slightly longer loop instead of reverting back to the parking lot. The loop provides great views of Yosemite Valley and is much less traveled compared to the paths leading to and from the parking lot. The views are worth the extra 0.7 miles. Also, easy to connect to other trails from here if you're looking for an extended hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We reached Sentinel Dome by way of the trail from Taft Point. This was a nice trail if you wanted to see both areas. The hike from Sentinel Dome to the parking lot isn't much but it's pretty flat. The trail to Taft Point is better. We went to the top of Sentinel Dome for the sunset and it was awesome! Definitely something to place on your to do list. There were about 30 other people up there but it didn't feel crowded. Great place to bring a picnic dinner and watch the sunset. Gave it a 4 out of 5 only because the trail is pretty basic. You're really going for the views from the Dome.