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“A Great Place at Sunset” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sentinel Dome

Sentinel Dome
Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
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Owner description: At 4,150 feet high, this peak offers an extensive view.
Cincinnati, OH
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“A Great Place at Sunset”
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.

Visited September 2014
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Bonita, CA
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“Sentinel Dome Views Rock”
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 canyon, you'll find a great hike to Taft Point full of beautiful vistas and creeks. The best thing is that it's a fairly easy path to hike. It's a good hike for those who can do about four miles, but the only real up and down is on Taft Point. You do have to hike down the trail to get to Taft Point itself and then hike back up the trail to get to the parking lot. The parking lot for Taft Point is the same as Sentinel Dome.

Visited July 2014
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St. Charles, MO
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“One of the Best Short Hikes in the National Park System”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Vienna, Virginia
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“My favorite part of Yosemite”
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.

Visited December 2013
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“Hidden gem!!!”
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 have lots of water. There are sections to climb like large boulders but nothing too technical. This is off Glacier trail so springtime would still be covered with snow. But good for fall trips. I avoid summer because the crowds are too overwhelming.

Visited September 2014
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