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This short trail leads to the summit of Sentinel Dome, the second tallest in Yosemite Valley next to Half Dome. Sweeping views abound from the summit.

This trail begins from the Taft Point/Sentinel Dome Trailhead along Glacier Point Road. The trailhead is on the southern rim of the Yosemite Valley. This short hike leads to one of the most popular, and climbable, domes in the valley, and amazing views of the natural features within Yosemite Valley.

Begin your hike from the northeastern (right) side of the parking area. Descend slightly to the trail and once on it traverse for three quarters of a mile, ascending slightly. This traverse brings hikers to the southeastern base of the dome. From this point the trail meets an abandoned road that leads around the base of the formation. As you walk around the base follow the left fork of the trail at two junctions.

After a short distance through some stunted trees your ready to begin the ascent up the dome. Turn left, leaving the trail, and climb to the summit of Sentinel Dome. The trail is well used, with its course obvious to hikers. From the summit you'll gain sweeping views of Yosemite Valley north of your viewpoint. This is one of the tallest domes in the valley and the views are remarkable.

Directions: From Arch Rock Entrance, Follow Highway 140 into the Yosemite Valley. Bear right on to Southside Drive and make a quick right on to the Wawona Road (Highway 41). Follow this road 9 miles to Glacier Point Road and turn left. Travel 13 miles along Glacier Point Road to the Sentinel Dome/Taft Point Trailhead. The trail begins from the northeastern side of the parking area.

Elevation: 7,700 feet

Ending Elevation: 8,122 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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Yosemite National Park, California

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