Taft Point and Sentinel Dome Hiking Tour

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Activity
Hiking
Destination
CaliforniaYosemite National Park
Tour Length
4-6 hours
Guide Type
Guided
Skill Level
Beginner

The Taft Point hike when done in a loop to visit Sentinel Dome, is one of the best easy day hikes in Yosemite National Park. On this guided hike, you’ll experience the best scenery the Yosemite Valley has to offer without the strenuous climbs of other popular hikes in the park. The trail begins by taking us through a red fir forest, punctuated by scattered granite boulders before we get to our first view of Sentinel Dome. A short but modest scramble takes us to the top of the dome where we enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panoramic view of Yosemite Valley and the Yosemite high country.

Continuing along the Pohono Trail, we cross over Sentinel Creek before arriving at Taft Point and the Fissures. Here we enjoy spectacular views of some of Yosemite’s iconic locations, including: Yosemite Falls, Valley View, and El Capitan. Another stroll through the woods and wildflower-filled meadows leads us back to where we started at Sentinel Dome Trailhead.

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide
  • Water and snacks
  • Trail lunch spread: includes a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, smoked meats, cheese, hummus, and crackers to best accommodate gluten free and plant-based diets.
  • Daypack rental
  • Trekking poles rental
  • 1:7 guide to hiker ratio

What to Bring

Required Gear

Rain coat, backpack, capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water.

Clothing

Layered clothing appropriate for hiking and changing weather conditions. A fleece or ‘puffy’ jacket or vest is highly recommended, as is a fleece hat.

Shoes

Sturdy hiking boots, trail running shoes, or other sneakers with good tread are required. Flip flops, Crocs, sandals, etc. are inadequate and will not be allowed.

Miscellaneous

Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, hiking poles, rain pants, supplemental snacks, gratuity for your guide.

Upgrades + Additions

Private Tour

$200 per group. No other parties may add to your tour.

Transportation from AutoCamp Yosemite

$200 per group + $25 per person (pending availability)

Camelbak Hydration Reservoir

$35 each – 3 Liter Camelbak reservoir

Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

Rates

  • 1 Person $ 540 pp 540 pp
  • 2 People $ 280 pp 280
  • 3 People $ 240 pp 240
  • 4-5 People $190 pp
  • 6 or more $155 pp
  • Groups of 13+ Call to inquire

Your final rate is determined by the total number of people who join your group, even if you do not register together.

Your final rate is determined by the total number of people who join your group, even if you do not register together.

Days & Times

Tour Days

Tours run daily June - September

Departure Times

Tours depart at 8am & 10am
Activity duration: 4-6 hours

Advance reservation is required
Hiking among granite boulders in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park’s soaring granite cliffs and leaping waterfalls make it unique among the natural wonders of this world. But the wonder of Yosemite doesn’t stop there. The park is filled with groves of giant trees, covered with lush carpets of green, teaming with forest critters, criss-crossed by snow fed streams and punctuated by rocky granite peaks. This makes it a wonderful destination for all kinds of adventure including hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more.

The history of Yosemite is the history of the world’s public land parks, being designated the first park of its kind in 1864 to be managed by the state of California. Yosemite would ultimately become part of the National Park system in 1890. However, for centuries before the park was protected for the enjoyment of all, it was home to the Awahnee tribe of Native Americans. They thrived in and around Yosemite Valley, harvesting acorns and hunting deer. They regularly traded with the Mono Paiute and Sierra Miwok tribes. Before any humans had even laid eyes on the enchanting Yosemite Valley, glaciers covered the ancient Sierra Nevada mountains. These massive instruments of destruction cut and tore at the layers of rock that made up this spine of rock. Once they retreated, they left behind the unique U-shaped Valleys, vertical cliffs, sharp peaks, and polished domes that are the foundation to this National Park, one of the greatest mountain landscapes of the world.

Hiking among granite boulders in Yosemite National Park