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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  • We'd heard about this place and were sure to include in in our few days in Yosemite. The hike was a bit more than I expected since I read it was a "nearly level short walk" before the steep climb up t...  more »
  • Take a medium level hike and get some great views into the Valley. And then continue onto Glacier Point.  more »
  • 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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