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Distance: 1.5 miles (via Glacier Point), 2.2 miles via Sentinel Dome Parking Lot
My Rating: Moderate to Easy
Sentinel Dome is on a 30-mile road, which will take you about an hour. You can either begin the hike from the Sentinel Dome Parking Lot or from Glacier Point. We started from Glacier Point. Towards the West is Taft Point hiking trail and towards the East is Sentinel Dome’s hiking trail. Surprisingly, the Dome was a tad steep to climb, especially with snow. Honestly, I was slightly terrified that I was going to slip and fall, but it was not bad! During the Summer, hiking boots would definitely make me feel more secure hiking up the Dome.
Sentinel Dome, a hidden gem, was not on our hiking radar. But, it turned out to be our favorite hike so far! Sentinel Dome has a 360-degree panorama of Yosemite at 8,127 ft. This is the best view of Yosemite. You can view not only Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Sentinel Dome, and Yosemite Falls, but El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Mt. Walkins, Tenaya Peak, North Dome, etc. While I love being surrounded by multitudes of giant trees, I love the different perspective a mountain view brings. Plus, it’s great to have an idea where mountains and waterfalls are located. At the top, there’s a map of where the mountains, rock formations, and waterfalls are located and their names.
This hike was not as populated as the other hikes we’ve done. While hiking, I’ve come to love nature’s solidarity. From Glacier Point to Sentinel Dome, there were almost no people! I’m a social person, but traffic congestion on the road and on hikes aren’t my idea of fun. Though, I’m still glad that people are coming out to appreciate this temple. At the Dome, there were not too many people as well. I could chase butterflies without running into people! T said, “You have one of the best views of Yosemite and you’re here chasing butterflies around with your camera!” What can I say? I love wildlife!
Sentinel Dome’s Snow
During our visit, there was SNOW! One of the reasons I loved Sentinel Dome. The snowy mountains were glorious and the snow on the side of the Dome was wonderful to lie in (after a while, we started to heat up). On our way down, we watched kids slide down the dome on plastic bags! So, we did the same! It’s pretty rad to say I’ve butt slid down Sentinel Dome’s snow! As we started to hike East, two hikers asked us how far away the Dome was. We told them and recommended them to slide down the Dome. On their way back, they thanked us for the tip with huge smiles on their faces! 🙂
We came across them twice because we decided to hike Taft Point. Unfortunately, the trail was on the other side of the river. I could not cross the river (while athletic T could) since the water was rushing. Overall, I highly recommend Sentinel Dome! My Yosemite Album has more pictures.
🆕💻📮: Sentinel Dome was absolutely my favorite hike! I’m surprised it’s not more popular than Glacier Point and the others! A beautiful 360 panorama view of Yosemite 🏔And, there was SNOW around the sides of the Dome! It’s pretty awesome to say I’ve butt slid down Sentinel Dome’s snow❄️(more info in bio)