Sentinel Dome Tours

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Though not as well known as Yosemite’s famous Half Dome, at 4,150 feet high a climb up Sentinel Dome offers some incredible 360 degree views of the national park. The 2.6 mile hike up is well-marked with signs and is easy to follow. From the gently-rounded top you can see the whole of Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  The trail is mostly flat, except for the granite slope to the summit.

Sentinel Dome first became known for the lone Jeffrey Pine tree that grew from its peak. The tree is no longer there, but was well-documented by photographer Ansel Adams. The dome is a sight in itself, but the real rewards are the views from atop. It’s a good alternative to the often crowded viewpoints of Glacier Point, and is particularly scenic during the sunset hours.

Practical Info

To access Sentinel Dome, park at the Sentinel Dome/Taft Point lot on the north side of Glacier Point Road. From there the trail is marked to the summit (it’s the same as the Taft Point trailhead.) It is about a 40 minute drive up from the valley floor.
Address: Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, USA
Admission: $20
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among giant sequoias, ascend the summit of Sentinel Dome, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge on the banks of the Merced River.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days

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