Sentinel Dome - Yosemite NP, CA

Date: 6/16/2014

Miles: 2.2

Elevation Change: 400 feet

Trail Type: Out and back

Trailhead: Map

Trip Report:

The panoramic view from Sentinel Dome is one of the best in Yosemite. You'll get a bird's eye view of large rock faces and thundering waterfalls all just a short hike from Glacier Point Road. This hike is a great way to enjoy the incredible views without the crowds of Glacier Point.

Look for stacked rocks (called cairns) that mark the correct trail

The trail to Sentinel Dome is easy, well maintained, and even paved at this section

The Sentinel Dome hike is often done as a loop with Taft Point

Almost there!

Looking back at my brother making coming up the final stretch

The final steep stretch up to the top

The view from the top! You get a great view of Yosemite Falls from up here

From left to right you can see: Tanaya Peak, Cathedral Peak, Cloud's Rest, and Half Dome

You can look down on Nevada Falls from this point as well

It was windy at the top at 8100', but we decided to have lunch to enjoy the views. There weren't too many other people at the top, even though it was peak season. We headed back down to our cars to continue to Glacier Point.

Eric looking down at the other end of Yosemite Valley

There are lots of signs all along the trail

 

Links to more trip reports:

Yosemitehikes

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