Highlights: Looking for a more level and easy hike that the entire family will enjoy, look no further as the Sentinel Dome and Taft Point hike is one of the best Yosemite day hikes out there! We begin this hike with a tour of Glacier Point and pointing out the prominent points throughout the valley. Feel the rush of reaching the top of an easy dome when we summit Sentinel Dome at 8,122′. Following a mellow hike we will reach Taft Point and the Fissures. Do you risk standing close to the edge?
Meeting Location: Glacier Point at 7,214′
High Point: Sentinel Dome at 8,122′
Elevation Gain: 908′
Unlike any of our other trips, we will begin and end our day atop Yosemite’s Glacier Point. This means you must have personal transportation in order to reach the Glacier Point parking lot. We will meet at 8:30am along the walkway from the parking lot towards the Point. We will start the day off by touring Glacier Point, discussing the landmark’s historical and natural importance’s as well as enjoying the awe-inspiring views of the unmatched natural beauty of Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Clouds Rest, Nevada Fall, Yosemite Falls and much more.
After enjoying a brilliant morning around Glacier Point we will start the hike off with the most strenuous, uphill 1.2 miles of the trek, which will bring us to the highest point of the trip at Sentinel Dome’s peak of 8122′. A terrific 360-degree perspective of Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne High Country, and the Clark Range are offered here. From this peak we will begin making our way toward Taft Point, a mostly downhill and level 2.5 miles descending about 600 vertical feet from Sentinel Dome. Taft Point will provide unmatched views of El Capitan, the world’s eighth largest monolith, Yosemite’s largest waterfall system, 2425′ Yosemite Falls, and much more. Explore and get close to the Fissures if you dare. Taft Point is our final destination, but only our half-way point, meaning that from here we will back track 3.2 miles to Glacier Point, a pretty mild hike to end the day..
Guides carry first aid kits, water purification methods, toilet paper (for emergencies), suntan lotion and bug repellent. Please plan to bring your own lunch, snacks, water bottles, etc. Remember, all profits from our guided trips go towards supporting our youth summer camp program.
Note: Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. You will be kept in contact throughout this process.