Sentinel Dome

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Sentinel Dome
Sentinel Dome.jpg
Sentinel Dome
Elevation 8,127 ft (2,477 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 322 ft (98 m)[2]
Parent peak Illilouette Ridge[3]
Location
Location Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°43′23″N 119°35′03″W / 37.723094928°N 119.584304967°W / 37.723094928; -119.584304967Coordinates: 37°43′23″N 119°35′03″W / 37.723094928°N 119.584304967°W / 37.723094928; -119.584304967[1]
Topo map USGS Half Dome
Geology
Type Granite dome
Age of rock Cretaceous
Climbing
Easiest route Hike up northeast slope.

Sentinel Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, United States. It lies on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, 0.8 miles (1.3 km) southwest of Glacier Point and 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northeast of Profile Cliff.

Sentinel Dome is known for a Jeffrey Pine that grew from its peak (see photograph). The pine was photographed as early as 1867 by Carleton Watkins, and was the subject of a well-known photograph by Ansel Adams. The tree died during the drought of 1976,[4] but remained standing until August 2003.

History[edit]

The original Native American name of Sentinel Dome, in the Southern Sierra Miwok language, was "Sakkaduch". The Bunnell survey named it "South Dome", but the Whitney survey renamed it Sentinel Dome (from its likeness to a watch-tower).[5] The view from the top offers a 360 degree view of Yosemite Valley and surroundings. One can see Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, North Dome, Basket Dome, and much more. Sentinel Dome provides a 360 degree view of the night sky and it and nearby Glacier Point are popular places for stargazing.[6]

Hiking trail[edit]

The trail to the base of Sentinel Dome is a relatively easy 1.1-mile (1.8 km) hike. The trailhead, the same as the Taft Point trailhead, is located 6 miles (9.7 km) from Bridalveil Creek on the Glacier Point road. Once at the base, hikers traverse the less imposing northeast granite slope to the summit.[7] In winter, Sentinel Dome can be reached from Badger Pass by a 10-miles ski tour.

Panoramic view from the top of Sentinel Dome. The Jeffrey Pine is visible at the center, collapsed.
A closeup of Applegate's Indian paintbrush flowers growing at the peak of Sentinel Dome in May 2013

References[edit]

The Jeffrey Pine that formerly stood atop Sentinel Dome
  1. ^ a b "Sentinel Dome". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Sentinel Dome, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Sentinel Dome". ListsOfJohn.com. 
  4. ^ "Famous Jeffrey Pine Falls on Sentinel Dome-Yosemite National Park". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Yosemite Park Stargazing". http://www.scenicwonders.com/. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Day Hikes along the Glacier Point Road". National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 

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