Sentinel Dome

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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Sentinel Dome

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  • Trail to Sentinel Dome.- Sentinel Dome
  • Sentinel Dome.- Sentinel Dome
  • Switchbacks up to the summit.- Sentinel Dome
  • Sentinel Dome affords fantastic views of Yosemite's iconic landmarks.- Sentinel Dome
  • More summit views from Sentinel Dome.- Sentinel Dome
  • Get your bearings on the summit of Sentinel Dome.- Sentinel Dome
  • More summit views.- Sentinel Dome
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic vista. Explore a granite dome summit.
Cons: 
Seasonal access when Glacier Point Road is open.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
7,750 ft (2,362 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
375 ft (114 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A nearly symmetrical dome rising above Yosemite's south rim, Sentinel Dome offers one of the best panoramic views in Yosemite National Park for relatively little work. At just over a mile in length, the trail climbs gradually to the base of the dome, then switchbacks up to the summit on the dome's east-facing slope. Views from the top sweep from El Capitan and Cathedral Rocks in western Yosemite Valley to Half Dome, the Cathedral Range, and the Clark Range in the east. 

The trailhead for Sentinel Dome is shared with Taft Point, located on Glacier Point Road 2 miles west of Glacier Point. For a longer outing, consider combining the two for a Sentinel Dome-Taft Point loop.

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