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Sentinel Dome

Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Traveler Description: Sentinel Dome offers one of the best and easiest accessed views in Yosemite National Park.   If you can walk two miles, you can do this fabulous... more »
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Reston, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

The views you can see from certain domes make them worthwhile to hike and Sentinel Dome is on my short list, surpassed only by Clouds Rest and Half Dome. Tie this hike into a stroll to Taft Point. Another tentacle worth hiking is to Glacier Point and back but be wary, the hike back is steep. If you're up to... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful ranger-guided tour from the parking area to Taft Point and we also planned to visit Sentinel Dome. At the conclusion of the tour visitors make the return hike at their leisure.There is an alternate trail that goes to Sentinel rather than going back thru the parking area. The alternate trail is about a mile longer but... More

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Milan, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This was my favorite hike out of the 3 days we were in Yosemite. The view once you reach the top is breathtaking. We took some wonderful pictures. It wasnt too strenuous, until you reach the base of the dome, then its pretty steep climb up. Worth the stop!!!

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sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Wonderful views over Half Dome and again, well worth the effort. Only a couple of miles and not too strenuous but some uphill at the end.

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Tampa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We hike to the top of Sentinel Dome the day before doing the exhausting Half Dome hike. I'd say it was about 4 miles roundtrip including puttering around on the way. It's not too strenuous, and you will be treated to awesome views. Attached is a photo I took of Half Dome from the top of Sentinel Dome.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

In a park filled with jaw dropping views this was my favorite spot. the hike was not hard until the last .3 miles. Very steep to get to the top. 360 view including Yosemite valley. The trail was well marked and had a outhouse at the trailhead. We saw a family of 5 deer including 2 young ones.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Sentinel Point is well worth the trek from the car park. The views are stunning across the valley towards Half Dome. The last part of the walk is across the rock of the dome and can be rather hot. It is also not recommended to make the walk in flip flops or sandals but you certainly don't need any special... More

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The climb was a bit more challenging than other reviewers indicated. It was a hot, dry day at a high elevation. I wish I had been better hydrated. But the 360 degree views from the top of the dome were awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Very easy hike and ends up with a 360 degrees view where you can see all the mountains and peaks around the park. Worth the hike and it's only 4 km around trip. And less people up there and that's a big plus!!!! :-)

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We parked in the lot and first did Taft Point. After seeing that and retracing our steps about 1/4 of a mile, you see a sign that points you to Sentinel Dome. We did this instead of going back to the parking lot and then heading to the dome. The view at the very top of this is absolutely spectacular!... More

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