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Sentinel Dome

Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
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Cincinnati, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Golden, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a hidden gem to me in Yosemite, since Half Dome gets so much attention. But this view is amazing and doesn't take all day, 2-4 hours depending on time up top. Evening colors in the sky are good for photos if air quality is clear. The hike is 7000 ft+ so you need to be in shape and... More 

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We left at 5:00AM to drive up to Glacier point for sunrise. Luckily Yosemite did not yet have its first snowfall, so the road was still open (make sure to check beforehand). It takes about an hour from the village to get there. We can a bear cub, fox and many deer along out journey- make sure to drive slowly... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We've done this hike in snow and no snow, and it's always a very pleasant walk. the views are great when you get to the end. there's plenty of parking as well.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Beautiful views of Yosemite accessible via various hiking trails, or a 40 minute or so drive up, and up via winding roads. You can also hike up steep granite to get sensational sunset views

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

About a 2 mile hike from Glacier Point is Sentinel Dome. Terrific views from the top of the dome. A nice alternative for hikers not up for the half dome trek.

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

My parents, who are in their mid-sixties, and I loved the hike we took here. We were encouraged to take it and prepared for the climb at the end to the top, where you might wonder if you'll slip on the rocks going up and down -- but we didn't! Incredible views and all loved it. Hard to find parking... More 

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