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Sentinel Dome

Address: Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
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Wylam, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great walk from glazier point harder going than you think because of the altitude but well worth it. We walked back down to curry village from here a real trip highlight

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a relatively easy hike for a highly rewarding view. Glacier Point has the better view, but the upside here is a smaller crowd and full 360 degree view. If you are up this way, make the hike. If you are not, don't drive all the way up just for this hike.

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Glacier Point Rd was open so we visited both Glacier Point and Sentinel Dome on the same day in mid-May. While the parking lot at the Sentinel Dome trail-head was full, the trail and the summit felt relatively secluded and we had no difficulty finding a quiet place to eat our lunch and admire the stunning long-range views. Conversely, Glacier... More 

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Colorado
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Sentinel Dome is a must-hike for those who are in shape. Make sure that you stay hydrated though as the elevation will get you. The hike is moderate to strenuous, but the reward is worth it - a panoramic view of Half Dome and the surrounding Yosemite Valley. Stunning!

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Ranst, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Do the whole park but do not forget this place. Be prepared for thourists as you are....hard to park and not romantic with a few hundred people

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Huntsville, Alabama, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Glacier Point is amazing, but it is very crowded. I went to Sentinel Dome in early June (a busy time for the park) and got to see spectacular views after a short and easy hike. I didn't want to leave because there was just so much to take in.

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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We hiked this relatively short (2.2 miles round trip, 380 ft elevation gain) trail one evening to catch a sunset. The trailhead and parking area are along Glacier Point Road. It was a peaceful place to watch the sun set, as there were only a few other people up there.

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Bonita, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The path to Sentinel Dome from the parking area is well worn and fairly easy. Once you get to the dome you should climb it for the best views of Yosemite Falls around. You can see a lot of the park from this vantage point. If you continue the path just north of the dome, along the rim of the... More 

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St. Charles, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Say what? Only 2.2 miles round trip for breathtaking views of Yosemite? Yes please! Can't say enough good things about Sentinel Dome. The distance and grade make it an option for the vast majority of visitors. You'll have 360-degree views at the top. Yellowstone Falls to the north and Half Dome to the east are the highlights.

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The hike to the top takes about 45 minutes, and being at altitude, it's a decent workout. The panoramic views from the top are amazing. This is also where the famous tree photographed by Ansel Adams was located. The tree fell a long time ago, but the trunk still lies there. Definitely worth the visit.

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