Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park

A notable rock formation in Yosemite National Park, Sentinel Dome sits next to another famous domed formation. You can hike to the summit at 1,264.9 m (4,150 ft) above the park's floor or travel there on horseback. While the hike is challenging, the payoff is a remarkable view of the moraines formed by the retreat of an ancient glacier. This rock's nearly spherical shape creates a remarkable sight among the craggy mountains, and you can peer down into Yosemite Valley from this viewpoint. Work out when and for how long to visit Sentinel Dome and other Yosemite National Park attractions using our handy Yosemite National Park trip builder app .
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  • If you drive to the trailhead, the hike is only 1.1 miles each way. Once you get to the bottom of the done you just climb/walk right up. 360 degree views of the most iconic places in Yosemite.  more »
  • Sentinel Dome is a stop on the way to Glacier Point. It was recommended to us by several people as the best place to get a 360 degree view of the entire area. And they were right. The hike is about 1....  more »
  • We did the Sentinel Dome, Taft Point, Dewey Point Loop. We were alone on the Dome and at Dewey. The whole trail was lovely, with awesome views of all of Yosemite, not just the Valley. We would much ra...  more »
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  • Pretty amazing sight of this place from the Glacier point! Very beautiful. You get s complete view of the place! Have to drive here and no shuttles I think!
  • Short hike, amazing 360 view. Get there as early as possible(eg. Before 9am) to avoid crowds.
  • This is the easiest hike to get one of the more expansive views of the landscape. My family has been going here since before I was born, and we are still awestruck by the panoramic views. A better panoramic view entails at least a full day hike elsewhere. However, for a close second for panoramic views under 3 miles I would suggest Glacier Point--especially for handicap visitors, because it's a shorter paved walkway to the lookout.
  • The forever lost beauty: Sentinel Dome of Yosemite. It is a must go place for Yosemite National Park. It is the best view point to have unlimited 360 view of the park. It use to have two pine trees at the top, but there is only one now. For photographers, it is a great place for sunset. Bring flashlight. After shooting, the back down road will be very dark. This was taken more than two decades ago. One of the tree has been dead and can not been seen any more. Shot with Nikon N8008s & 24-120 mm.
  • Some of the best views in Yosemite! Easy 30 minute hike, even for beginners. If you're in Yosemite, do not pass this up!

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