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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  • This is where you can explore the magnificent beauty of Yosemite from another angle. Since you can't see the whole Yosemite at once, we recommend you to watch it from various angles.
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  • Imposing, another of the myths of this park, as well as the trail that however takes a little time. Clearly visible, too, from different points of the park, with some special effect at sunset, although much depends also on the point from which you observe.
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  • One of the best views of the Valley from above, this hike does not ever disappoint! Beware of raging winds on the top, and you may want to avoid this hike if thunderstorms are forecasted since it’s very exposed on the top of the dome. This is a perfect stop coming back from Glacier Point via car. It’s relatively short, and offers a bird’s eye view of the Yosemite Valley.
  • A fantastic hike. It's pretty short, but the 360 degree view of the valley is absolutely amazing. It's also not super crowded. The top of the dome is great for a picnic.
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