My favorite hike to do in Yosemite National Park with our five-year-old son, so far, has been Sentinel Dome. Every year, starting when he was 6 weeks old, we’ve been taking him up here. He’s been able to do the hike on his own, without us carrying him, since he was two.
The hike to Sentinel Dome is only 2.2 miles round trip, with a 400 foot elevation gain. Not too bad for a kid. The first section of the hike is pretty flat, wandering through the forest and around some rocky areas. But then you get to the fun part… a scramble to the top of the dome. The views from up top are among the best in the park. From here, you can see all the main features of the park… Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan.
Following are photos from our hike last week…
Interested in going? You’ll find the Sentinel Dome/Taft Point trailhead on Glacier Point Road. From the parking lot, follow the signs to Sentinel Dome (to the right).
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