Hike to Sentinel Dome

    1.8 miles 400 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Emily Noyd

    Sentinel Dome is a short hike with excellent bird's eye views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and the entire Yosemite Valley.

    One of the most popular places in Yosemite for sunset is Glacier Point, but by walking one mile from the trailhead, the crowds quickly dissipate. Sentinel Dome is great for all ages since the trail is short and not too steep. Park at the Sentinel Dome trailhead, about 3 miles from the end of Glacier Point Road. The trail is one mile, one-way. For the best timing, leave the trailhead at least one hour before sunset.

    There's no camping allowed at Sentinel Dome or anywhere within 4 miles of Glacier Point. The one exception is during winter when Glacier Point Rd is unplowed, which converts it to a trail, and the "no camping zone" collapses a bit. A wilderness permit is required year-round for any wilderness area, including Sentinel Dome in winter. Learn more about winter backpacking to Sentinel Dome here: https://www.theoutbound.com/yo... Other than that, enjoy Sentinel for sunrise or sunset, just don't sleep there.

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    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly
    Picnic Area

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    Awesome Hike

    A great, short hike in Yosemite with awesome views. One of the best.


    over 2 years ago

    Short And Rewarding

    A short, quite easy trail — and yet so rewarding at the top! One of the best views of the valley!

    almost 3 years ago

    Make It A Trip

    Make sure to complete the loop and hit Taft point! Awesome view of El Cap.

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    over 3 years ago

    Lots of bang for your buck!

    I am a serious fan of this hike. There really is no shortage of great things to say about it. It's not strenuous, has a world class view, and provides excellent photography opportunities. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone visiting Yosemite. It is relatively less crowded than many busy Yosemite spots too!

    Great hike, amazing views

    This trail shares a parking lot with the Taft Point trail, a park ranger told us they were both easy and the same length. We did both hikes, and would rate this hike as harder than Taft Point but still "easy". We were here in July and did not even think about wearing sunscreen, which was a mistake, as this hike does not have much shade. Once you get to the dome climbing part, it is much steeper, but very satisfying once you do it. This was a popular trail, but it didn't seem crowded. There is a bathroom at the trailhead. This is a good hike to do if you want to climb a dome but don't have a permit to climb Half Dome (or if you are scared, lol).

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