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. 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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  • Much like Glacier Point Sentinel Dome provides awesome views. We hiked from Glacier Point, taking a side trip to Sentinel Dome before we descended into Yosemite Valley. The hike up to Sentinel Dome wa...  more »
  • This is a great hiking option along the Glacier point road. Stop at the trail head for parking just off of glacier point road and you get to choose between two 1 mile long hikes, sentinel dome to the ...  more »
  • After a lovely hike along the top of the valley we finally came to the climb to sentinel dome. Several members of our group bailed, but my sister and I persisted. Despite the high altitude and our con...  more »
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  • The best views we've seen on our trip. A complete 360 including the Yosemite valley on the one side, and the snowy high country on the other side. You can see all the landmarks - Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, etc... The required walk means it's slightly less crowded than Glacier Point, and in my opinion, better view point. The walk itself is only a couple of hours, easy-moderate.
  • OMG. The views are spectacular in every direction. A nice little walk from the parking area and then a short scramble to the top of the dome. We visited on June 2 and there was quite a bit of snow. The snow provided a fun and fast slide off the dome.
  • 4 stars cause the views are incredible however the trail is just super boring. Luckily you can skip a large part of the hike by following the road a bit further toward glacier point.
  • Great Valley and half dome view. Wonderful for sunset and skyview at night. Not a long hike. You can park next to the glacier road.
  • panoramic view of whole Yosemite park. worth to climb up

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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

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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