Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Trailhead

A person stands behind a railing at a cliff's edge, across a valley from a large rock formation that is El Capitan.
Taft Point

Quick Facts

Get a 360-degree view of the park at Sentinel Dome and/or hike to an expanse on the south rim of Yosemite Valley, getting a close view of El Capitan and Yosemite Valley, at Taft Point.

Sentinel Dome
This wide trail leads mostly across open granite with little shade. Scramble up Sentinel Dome's granite slope to enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the park. Consider taking this hike at sunset or during a full moon, but remember to bring a flashlight with fresh batteries!

Taft Point
Enjoy magnificent views of Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan and Yosemite Falls. Near Taft Point, you'll see The Fissures-narrow fractures in the granite called joints. Watch out for drops of up to 2,000 feet at these fractures!

The Sentinel Dome and Taft Point trails can be combined into a loop hike.

Sentinel Dome (moderate)
1.8 miles (2.9 km) round-trip; 2 hours,
400 ft (125 m) elevation gain

Taft Point (moderate)
2.2 miles (3.5 km) round-trip; 2 hours,
200 ft (60 m) elevation gain

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point Loop (moderate)
4.9 miles (7.9 km) loop; 3-4 hours,
1,000 ft (300 m) elevation gain

The trail is only accessible when the Glacier Point Road is open, approximately late May through October or November.
When Badger Pass Ski Area is open (mid to late December through March), the Glacier Point Road is groomed for cross-country skiing beyond the ski area. See website for more information.

Getting Here:
Located along the Glacier Point Road. From Yosemite Valley or Wawona, take the Wawona Road (Highway 41), then turn east onto Glacier Point Road.

Rules & Regulations:
Stay on established trails
Pets are not allowed on hiking trails
Pack out what you pack in
The Glacier Point Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking is prohibited beginning October 15. For current road and weather information, please call 209/372-0200.

Hazards & Warnings:
Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat stream or spring water.
Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them, and wear sturdy footwear with good traction.
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and conditions.

This trail is not accessible.

Yosemite National Park

Last updated: October 26, 2020