Sentinel Dome, Yosemite National Park

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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. Make Sentinel Dome part of your personalized Yosemite National Park itinerary using our Yosemite National Park vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Took the 1.5 mile hike from Glacier Point. It's a fairly relentless thousand foot climb to the top and a decent level of fitness (and plenty of water) is required but the view from the summit is aston...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This was a short hike (a little over a mile in & out). There are a few rocky spots along the trail before it joins a road to the top. At the top you ascend the dome on a short and somewhat steep climb...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We watched the sunset from the top of Sentinel Dome to avoid the crowds at Glacier Point. This view is absolutely stunning. I felt like I was in a postcard. The hike up is only one mile long and is pr...  more »

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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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