Hike to Sentinel Dome

Sentinel Dome Trailhead

Distance

1.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

400 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

Sentinel Dome is a short hike with excellent bird's eye views of El Capitan, Half Dome, and the entire Yosemite Valley.

One of the most popular places in Yosemite for sunset is Glacier Point, but by walking one mile from the trailhead, the crowds quickly dissipate. Sentinel Dome is great for all ages since the trail is short and not too steep. Park at the Sentinel Dome trailhead, about 3 miles from the end of Glacier Point Road. The trail is one mile, one-way. For the best timing, leave the trailhead at least one hour before sunset.

There's no camping allowed at Sentinel Dome or anywhere within 4 miles of Glacier Point. The one exception is during winter when Glacier Point Rd is unplowed, which converts it to a trail, and the "no camping zone" collapses a bit. A wilderness permit is required year-round for any wilderness area, including Sentinel Dome in winter. Learn more about winter backpacking to Sentinel Dome here: https://www.theoutbound.com/yo... Other than that, enjoy Sentinel for sunrise or sunset, just don't sleep there.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $90/night

Half Dome Village

Yosemite Valley, California

From $108/night

Housekeeping Camp

Yosemite Valley, California

From $219/night

Yosemite Valley Lodge

9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive

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Awesome Hike

A great, short hike in Yosemite with awesome views. One of the best.

Short And Rewarding

A short, quite easy trail — and yet so rewarding at the top! One of the best views of the valley!

Make It A Trip

Make sure to complete the loop and hit Taft point! Awesome view of El Cap.

Distance

1.8 Miles

Elevation Gain

400 Feet

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

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