Yosemite National Park: Sentinel Dome Loop

Hike 5.5 miles into Ansel Adams country to the top of Sentinel Dome and around to Taft Point for fisheye panoramas of Yosemite Valley.
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Hike 5.5 miles into Ansel Adams country to the top of Sentinel Dome and around to Taft Point for fisheye panoramas of Yosemite Valley.

PERMIT INFO: Backcountry camping permits are required by the Park Service. See nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm for the latest details and prices.

MORE INFO: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-020; nps.gov/yose/

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.1

Waypoints

SDL001

Location: 37.7125015258789, -119.586402893066

From parking lot, head NW to access Pohono Trail

SDL002

Location: 37.7127990722656, -119.586700439453

R @ Y to Sentinel Dome; Western Fence lizards dart in trailside thickets

SDL003

Location: 37.7243309020996, -119.582901000977

Top of Sentinel Dome to L. Half Dome’s iconic N face juts above white granite; twilight makes for superlative photos. Retrace steps, follow trail to Glacier Point

SDL005

Location: 37.7231101989746, -119.584396362305

Sentinel Dome (8,122 ft.); unmatched views of entire Yosemite Valley

SDL006

Location: 37.725700378418, -119.581298828125

Continue straight, crossing unmarked dirt road

SDL007

Location: 37.726619720459, -119.582397460938

Veer L toward Taft Point; see sloping trough of Glacier Point to NE

SDL008

Location: 37.7256011962891, -119.587699890137

Bird’s-eye view of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls tumbling into Valley

SDL009

Location: 37.7220802307129, -119.593101501465

Stay to L over Sentinel Creek; spur trail to R to Sentinel Falls is worth the .1-mi. walk if creek is flowing

SDL010

Location: 37.7119293212891, -119.595901489258

R @ T to Taft Point

SDL011

Location: 37.7130928039551, -119.604545593262

Taft Point, Profile Cliff, and The Fissures: cracks in the granite stretch to the valley floor. Countless photo ops of El Capitan’s famous facade; return to WPT 10

SDL004

Location: 37.7234497070312, -119.584297180176

Jeffrey Pine sits alone atop crest; allegedly world’s most photographed tree, made famous by Ansel Adams

SDL012

Location: 37.7118949890137, -119.595901489258

R @ T; return to car