Sentinel Dome Trail

  • Breathtaking view from Taft Point in Yosemite National Park.
  • Least Chipmunk in Yosemite National Park.


Dogs No


2.2 (miles)


Out & Back

~400 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)



Sentinel Dome is an easy kid friendly day hike in Yosemite National Park that features incredible panoramic views. At the trailhead take a right; a left takes you to Taft Point and The Fissures. The rocky trail that slowly gains elevation. Once you reach the base of Sentinel Dome it's just a short scramble to the top and a breathtaking 360-degree view. From the top expect crystal clear views of El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Nevada and the rest of Yosemite Valley's splendor are clear as day. Keep an eye peeled for raptors soaring over valley as well. Caution; never climb domes during thunderstorms, as you don't want to be lightning rod. This hike is a great choice for hikers traveling with small children.

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Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Public Information Office PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389

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