Sentinel Dome

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  • Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Geological Formation, National Park, Family And Kids
Tickets From $408.03

The dome itself isn’t that great. Once upon a time there used to be a Jeffrey Pine on top of the peak but only until 2003. But the view is unbeatable – a 360 degree panorama with all of Yosemite Park spread out below you. One can see Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Waterfalls, North Dome, Basket Dome, and the magnificent Sierra Nevada in the distance when the weather is clear. And thanks to this raised vista, the place draws another unusual tourist – the stargazer. It’s a 4 kilometers round trip at the most to the Sentinel Dome and the hiking is relatively easy. Yosemite National Park also has some great camping options. Things to do when you’re there: look west, look east, look at Yosemite Firefalls, and take a picture with the Fallen Jeffrey Pine.

Sentinel Dome Travel Tips

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  • Sentinel Dome Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA, United States
  • Sentinel Dome Timing: 24-hrs
  • Time required to visit Sentinel Dome: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 80.25% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Sentinel Dome in their plan

  • 62.23% of people start their Sentinel Dome visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Sentinel Dome

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

93.12% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sentinel Dome

People normally club together Glacier Point and Sierra Point while planning their visit to Sentinel Dome.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Sentinel Dome Reviews & Ratings

  • With a few clouds you’ll get an amazing view of the east and west. Take your headlamp and enjoy a night hake back to your car.

  • These hikes might be the lowest effort, best view hikes you can do in Yosemite. We were there in October and the small parking lot was full. We were able to park on the side of the road. It was about an hour drive there from Yosemite Valley. The hikes to Taft Point and Sentinel Dome are both about 2.2 miles round trip. You can make it into a loop, but it's actually longer to do that than to do both separately. Because of that, we did both separately. We hiked to Taft Point first. It's a pretty flat very easy hike. The views are great at the end. Then we went back and hiked to Sentinel Dome. This hike was more steep, especially at the end. It was still fairly easy though. I thought these views were even better since you were higher up. You could see Half Dome on one side and El Capitan and the valley on the other. For the difficulty level, these are some of the best views you can get in Yosemite.

  • Moderate mostly up hill from Glacier pt to top of dome is from approx 7000ft to 8117ft. The hike is the greatest way to see all of the domes and falls in the valley. DON'T miss this magnificent hike! Only a couple miles long.😀

  • A breathtaking spot for an amazing view of Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, North Dome and everything in between, including the Sierra Nevada as far as the eye can see. Definitely recommend for anyone willing to go on a hike, and a little climbing at the end ;)

  • An easy hike with one of the best views of the Valley around. It's too bad the old bristlecone pine died all those years ago. I remember climbing on it when I was a little boy and it was sprightly and strong.

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