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By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
Updated: June 13, 2008
If you are looking for a great little adventure while visiting Yosemite
National Park, then you want to take the hiking trail to Sentinel Dome. It is
not a long walk, maybe a mile from the parking lot to the top of the Dome.
Sentinel Dome Stands 8,122 Feet Above Sea Level
Sentinel Dome stands 8,122 feet above sea level and gives you great
views of the Sierra Nevadas, Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon and The
Take the road to Glacier point and the Sentinel Dome parking lot will be on the
left side of the street, about a mile before you reach Glacier Point. You can
find a parking space early in the day. I can't guarantee it will be easy after
noon. We drove by one day on our way to Glacier Point and the parking lot was
After you park there is a toilet facility there. Walk past the toilet and as
you go down hill the Sentinel Dome path goes off to the right and the
Taft Point path goes down and angles to the left.
Take Path to the Right to Reach Sentinel Dome
So take the right path to Sentinel Dome and you will be going up most of the
time. But, it is a gentle up that covers 370 feet in height. It is about a mile
before you get to the Dome. I think the path is fairly uneventful, but like the
rest of Yosemite National Park it is a pretty walk. The easiest way up the dome
is from the back of it so you have to take the path around the dome before you
start going up.
Once you get to the base of the Granite Rock then you can see the clear path to
the top. It might be a little busy on the rock as it is a popular little hike.
If it is raining, lightning, hailing or snowing be careful or don't go up at