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Sentinel Dome Trail - 8 members in 12 triplogs have rated this an average 4.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 28 2021
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Sentinal Taft Loop, CA 
Sentinal Taft Loop, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2021
chumley
Hiking5.83 Miles 1,438 AEG
Hiking5.83 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.63 mph
1,438 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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John9L
We arrived in the park at around 8am and after stopping by the permit office in Wawona we drove up the Glacier Point Road. With plenty of time to spend before heading out on our backpacking trip, we opted for this tourist loop to get our feet moving.

We were both shocked to find the parking lot full and lines of cars parked along both sides of the road in both directions. So much for a midweek morning when the park requires reservations just to enter! Perhaps it was the record heat that had pushed many visitors up to these higher elevations?

Regardless, we parked up the road and took a shortcut to meet the loop, climbing to the outstanding views provided by Sentinal Dome. Back down we swung around and followed the cliff edge out to Taft Point. This is another winner. Yosimeteeay Falls would look great from here, if only there was at least a trickle flowing over it. But there wasn't. There's a great view of El Cap, and while the Merced snaking through the valley below looked appealing, nothing looked as refreshing as the bright aqua of the pool at the Ahwahnee. Too bougie for me!

We completed the loop and made a quick trip to Glacier Point for a couple of last minute items from the store there and a quick reminder of the views and all that comes with it.
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Sep 10 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 80
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.30 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
470 ft AEG
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The views from this Dome are pretty sweet! There is also a map up top showing you what some of the peaks are 8) .No disrespect for Taft but if you only have time for one of the two, do this one! Great (little) hike,views ,and company! :y:
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Sentinel Dome
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Sep 10 2018
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 9
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Glacier Point Road Hikes, CA 
Glacier Point Road Hikes, CA
 
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2018
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
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after our hike to dewey point, we drove to the trailhead for taft point and sentinel dome
did both hikes out and back
taft point had nice views and the fissures were interesting
sentinel dome was the best of the bunch, with a high point and 360 degree scenery
kinda fun to look across and see four high points we've been on:
half dome, clouds rest, mt. hoffman and north dome
domes are 8)
we spent some time there looking around
stopped at washburn point, which had a nice perspective of half dome
finished with glacier point
good view of both nevada and vernal fall, then john spotted illilouette fall, which we'd never seen before
fun touristy day with some solid hiking - earned some of the views
a good overview of the park from a different angle
on the way out we saw our second bear of the trip
this one near mcgurk meadow feasting on a dead deer, causing a minor traffic jam :o
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Sep 10 2018
johnlp
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64 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Glacier Point Road Hikes, CA 
Glacier Point Road Hikes, CA
 
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johnlp
Hiking5.00 Miles 900 AEG
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A couple shorter hikes and stops at view points. Sentinel Dome taking first prize. :)
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Jun 08 2016
Frostshocknoob
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 Routes 141
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32 male
 Joined Sep 05 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking1.15 Miles 464 AEG
Hiking1.15 Miles      32 Mns   2.38 mph
464 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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May 27 2016
Lucyan
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41 female
 Joined Jan 18 2011
 In the Wild
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Lucyan
Hiking2.25 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles
517 ft AEG
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Sep 18 2015
Crzy4AZ
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48 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.25 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles
517 ft AEG
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We were the first car in the parking lot for Sentinal Dome-Taft Point loop (not really a loop) - more like a barbell or dumbbell hike if you looked at GPS route from overhead.

Sentinel Dome beautiful and fun little scamper to the top. Taft Point underwhelming to me. Fissures kind of neat I guess. The bright green wolf lichen was the most cool thing on Taft Point trail.
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Jul 20 2014
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Taft Point - Sentinel Dome Loop, CA 
Taft Point - Sentinel Dome Loop, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2014
ddgrunning
Hiking6.15 Miles 2,067 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles   3 Hrs      2.05 mph
2,067 ft AEG
 
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To kick off our father-son, coming-of-age trip, we drove up to Yosemite via Bakersfield, where we had spent the night to break up the travel from Phoenix. Although our accommodations for the coming night were near the NW entrance to the Park at Hodgdon Meadows Campground, we elected to take the scenic route through the southern Wawona Road entrance and explore Glacier Point Road.

Rather than just driving up the road, we wanted to get out, stretch our legs, and "experience" the views by getting our feet on the soil. Taft Point and Sentinel Dome fit the bill.

As we drove into the park and up Wawona Road, it was raining, which made everything green and vibrant and enhanced the beautiful, clean smell of the forest. Luckily, by the time we hit the Taft Pt/Sentinal Trailhead, the rain had stopped, so there was no need for ponchos, etc.

Although the parking area was full, most of our hike out to Taft Point was in solitude, which we enjoyed very much. Of course, there were folks out near the point, but not overwhelming crowds. Our first real views of Yosemite Valley opened up at Taft Point, including views of El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. The sheer 3,000+ ft. drops to the valley floor are just jaw-dropping. "Wow" is all I can say. We took photos and breathed in the majestic views before backtracking a bit to the Pohono trail, which skirts through the forest and along the edge of the cliff and then circles back up to Sentinel Dome. Sentinel is one of the highest points in the park and offers 360 degree vistas, including of Half Dome, and Nevada Falls.

After soaking in these views, we returned to the TH and finished our drive up Glacier Point Road, taking in dinner at Washburn Point and then finishing out the daylight at Glacier Point itself. Then, made the hour+ drive in the dark to our camp for the night at Hodgdon Meadow.

A fabulous start to our Yosemite adventure.
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Jul 13 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
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 Guides 71
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Yosemite National Park - day trip, CA 
Yosemite National Park - day trip, CA
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking11.11 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking11.11 Miles   10 Hrs      1.11 mph
1,050 ft AEG
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Yosemite Valley & Glacier Point - Yosemite National Park
Sunday July 13th, 2014
FitBit totals = 11.11 miles, 1050 AEG (105 floors)



BACKGROUNDER
Have done Mt Whitney and some of the Pacific Crest Trail in the high Sierras, but never been to Yosemite before. Got out my Ansel Adams photo books for inspiration :next: http://www.anseladams.com/yosemite-gallery/# Maybe a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery in the Yosemite Village located between Visitor Center and Post Office? Some pre-trip research to consider;


YOSE :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

Map of YOSE :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm
YOSE park guide :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg14-5.pdf

Map of Yosemite Valley :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... hikes1.pdf
Map of Glacier Point :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/u ... rhikes.pdf
Washburn Point (near Glacier Point) view :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 The HPP image location plus my flipping thru Ansel Adams photo books put this as destination number one.

Yosemite NP waterfalls :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias :next: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/mgrove.pdf And HAZ :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14777
Grizzly Giants in Mariposa Grove :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12794

With a planned business trip to 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino CA (see :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=432287 ) and a base-camp to be established at Courtyard Cupertino Marriott, 10605 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino CA, 95014 ( see :next: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-ph ... cupertino/ ), thought I'd "front-end" the trip with some exploration of Big Sur and Yosemite with a goal to capture long exposure dusk image of Bixby Bridge ( see :next: http://parkerlab.bio.uci.edu/pictures/p ... bridge.jpg ) and an Ansel Adams-like shot of Yosemite Valley (see :next: http://www.yosemite.ca.us/library/four_ ... _point.jpg and http://hikearizona.com/photo=352303 ).

Google maps indicated travel distance from Cupertino base-camp to Yosemite Village was 200 miles with 3 hours 45 minutes travel time.



THE TREK

Arrived back at the Cupertino base-camp just after midnight Sunday morning from exploring the Big Sur Coastline (see :next: http://hikearizona.com/photoset=31233&start=0 ). Had a 5am wake-up call and after fueling up on the in-room caffeine, hit the road for Yosemite via CA120 entrance by 6am. I arrived at the park entrance about 10-ish where my NPS annual pass comes thru once again allowing me to bypass the backed up line of vehicles tallying-up their entrance fee.

The arrival into Yosemite Valley reminded me a lot of Zion NP - pass thru a couple of tunnels and voila, there's the spectacular valley, except it's not sandstone, it's granite this time!

When you cross the Merced River, all the traffic veered left towards Yosemite Village. I veered right climbing up CA41 to the Glacier Point cut-off. From the intersection of CA41, the sign indicated 16 miles to Glacier Point. The tight curves and smooth road and sudden elevation changes had me pining for something more than my Nissan Maxima rental (maybe borrow one of the R8's or McLaren's from yesterday's Bixby Creek Bridge encounter?). First stop Washburn Point followed by Glacier Point. I had some time to explore the upper reaches of Four Mile Trail and Panorama Trail (a little note to self - if you want to escape the bus tour crowd at Glacier Point, check out these trails). Upon return I treated myself to lunch at the Tourist Shack beside Glacier Point - a Hagen Das plus the requisite purchase of a Yosemite Falls & Half Dome frig magnet. After my fill of Yosemite Valley eye-candy, I had the Sentinel Dome to Taft Point loop hike on the "to-do" list. Sentinel Dome was exhilarating - maybe saw a dozen people the entire time I lingered up on the dome for about an hour. I wasn't expecting solitude in Yosemite on a summer weekend, but truthfully there were far less people than I imagined there would be. Once again, all was right in the world.

As the afternoon progressed towards dinner time, I went down to the valley floor for some mini-explorations. This is where all the people were...

With the 6 o'clock hour ticked by, I had a choice - sunset back up on Glacier Point or go checkout the giant sequoia in Mariposa Grove. My mind voted for the giant sequoia, so I drove down CA140 following the Merced River towards the town of Mariposa...

Some final thoughts - hitting Glacier Point first was a good call. Having that initial overhead view of the entire Yosemite Valley is jaw-dropping. It put the entire landscape into context for me. Starting off from the valley floor probably would have hidden too many places. At least the view from above allowed me to pick and choose what I wanted to see down in the valley. Taking in a sunset from Glacier Point or Sentinel Dome is surely a treat - maybe next time...

Also, Mariposa Grove isn't anywhere near town of Mariposa CA. Missed out on giant sequoia trees, but did get to explore Merced River via CA140 - nice drive, complete with landslide :next: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 238394.pdf
( not a recent slide, happened in 2006... ). Fish Camp and Oakhurst on CA41 are the closest towns to the giant sequoias for future reference....



THE HAZ DESTINATIONS

HAZ Washburn Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19445
HAZ Glacier Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19446
HAZ Sentinel Dome :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14388
HAZ Taft Point :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14682 and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=14681
HAZ East Valley Floor :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=12475
HAZ West Valley Floor :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=15094
HAZ Panorama Trail (from Glacier Point) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16106
HAZ Four Mile Trail (from Glacier Point) :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=16719


I'll post some photos when I get the chance. Enjoy! :)
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Aug 27 2012
trailzrus
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68 male
 Joined Jul 24 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Aug 27 2012
trailzrus
Hiking2.28 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles
517 ft AEG
 
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Jun 28 2012
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 28 2012
John9L
Hiking2.25 Miles 517 AEG
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Cheryl and I decided to spend the day driving to Glacier Point. I couldn't help but mention how fun it would be for both of us to make the "easy" hike to Sentinel Dome. Cheryl reluctantly agreed to the hike. We left the parking lot and followed the trail east towards Sentinel Dome. After a few minutes of walking, Sentinel Dome came into view. It is a lot bigger then I imagined. I've only seen it from the distance and it always looked small. We continued on and I had a feeling Cheryl was not going to be happy with this hike.

The hike takes you past Sentinel Dome and then you make a turn for the final ascent to the summit. Once we started making our way up Cheryl says she had enough and for me to go on. I asked if she was sure and she said yes so off I went. I hit the summit and was blown away by the views. You have 360 degree views in all directions. Half Dome and Clouds Rest to the east. Yosemite Falls and North Dome to the north. El Capitan to the west. The Clark Range and Mount Starr King to the south. This is an epic view! One of the sad things I noticed was the dead Jeffrey Pine lying in the middle of the summit. I'm 99% sure this is the same Jeffery Pine made famous by Ansel Adams in one of his photos. Please let me know if I'm mistaken.

After taking plenty of pics I descended back to Cheryl. On the way down a Red Tail Hawk flew overhead and landed on a nearby tree. I took some pics and then Cheryl and I returned to the car. She agreed to relax in the car while I made the quick hike over to Taft Point. See separate Triplog for those details.

Sentinel Dome is another excellent Yosemite hike that just about anyone can do. The hike is a little over one mile each way with roughly 400 feet of gain. Trust me the views will be worth it!
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May 08 2012
AZLOT69
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70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Sentinel Dome TrailSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar May 08 2012
AZLOT69
Hiking7.25 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   4 Hrs      1.81 mph
1,350 ft AEG
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Sentinel alone is a 4. To make it a 5 combine it as I did, making a loop by tying into the Pohono Trail to Taft Point and Fissures and back to the trailhead. Great day away from the masses.
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