Sentinel Dome Loop

7.04 Miles
774 Feet
4stars (4.00)2
4stars (4.00)
3stars (3.00)
Wind swept
A wind swept tree atop Sentinel Dome. El Capitan can be seen to the left. (Photo by coppertone)
Austin Explorer and Half Dome
Austin Explorer and Half Dome as seen from the summit of Sentinel Dome. (Photo by coppertone)
Trail View
A view along the Sentinel Dome trail as we headed back to the car. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
High Sierras
Looking off far into the distance to some of the high Sierras from Sentinel Dome. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Half Dome and Nevada Falls
A closer look at Half Dome with Nevada Falls to the right. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Half Dome
Half Dome as seen from Sentinel Dome. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
West Yosemite Valley
Looking west down Yosemite Valley from the Pohono Trail. El Capitan is on the right. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Pohono Trail
Coppertone checks out one of the many viewpoints to be found along the Pohono Trail segment of the loop around Sentinel Dome. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Log Entries
Even Better Views
By Austin Explorer on 10/8/2018
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 7.04 Miles Duration: 5 hours, 8 minutes

Coppertone and I decided to complete this hike after our Taft Point and the Fissures Trail hike since we were already here.  Since we'd been out of hiking shape for some time that might not have been the best idea, but we managed to finish it all and were rewarded with some views even better than at Taft.

Starting from Taft on our way back meant we ended up with more elevation gain than if we had just done this hike by itself.  Our first part of the loop was along the Pohono Trail that hugs the cliff edge on top of the valley, providing several spots along the way featuring sweeping vistas of their own.

On the east side of the loop a trail heads to the dome's summit.  The path can be quite steep in spots, but the overall distance to the top is not that terribly long.  After hiking a bunch of miles leading up to it added to the challenge for us.

The top of the dome is mostly bare of trees and vegetation, providing 360 degree views of the surrounding terrain.  One can see both El Capital and Half Dome from here and look down on both of them.  Also visible in the direction of Half Dome is Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls, a target for a hike later this week for us.

Views up and down the valley
By coppertone on 10/8/2018
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 4stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 7.04 Miles Duration: N/A

Hiked this one with Austin Explorer.

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