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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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Guildford, United Kingdom
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168 reviews 168 reviews
10 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 attraction reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
33 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

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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South Lake Tahoe
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

The tree at the top was one of the most photographed in the world. The tree has died. The hike up is only mildly challenging, and the reward is great. You have a 360° view.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

The short hike to this spot is one of the best things to do in the park. The view from the top of the dome is simply outstanding. A 360 degree view of the entire Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas that cannot be beat. I suppose the view was even better when we were on top of Half Dome, but... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I climbed this dome with my husband after overstraining my knee hiking the previous day. We saw an elderly man making the hike. Anyone can climb this dome and see the AMAZING 360 views of the park. There are no rails or anything, but it's doable for the average person or non-hiker. Poles are helpful though. This was my favorite... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The most fascinating views. We drove towards the Glacier Point and then parked the car at the Sentinel Point trail-head and hiked the 1.1 mile trail. Moderate trail with amazing views. Fully recommended if you have a couple of hours and are looking for a full 360 degree view of the valley. The falls were are dry when we visited... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was the first hike of the trip, a great one to get started. Not very demanding, with beautiful views

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Make sure you go and see the views from here. If you are going by car (which we did), head to Glacier Point first, then drive back down the mountain and stop here. Park up and its about under an hours walk from the main road. The views are so worth it - you can get almost a 360deg view... More

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