The top of Sentinel Dome is simply the most commanding and wonderful view in Yosemite National Park. Nowhere else can one experience all of the grand Yosemite formations in one place. Turn west and El Capitan rises 3000 feet from the valley floor. North, Yosemite Falls, all of Yosemite Falls, from the lower falls through the inner gorge and up to the thundering upper falls and beyond, comes into view. Then, turn east and face the direction you've just scrambled up. Here is one of the most sublime spectacles on Earth. Half Dome rises an unbelievable 4700 feet from the valley floor, and that is just the beginning. The Sierra Crest rises in the background, as Muir once put it, like a "celestial wall of light." On this evening a spring storm swept through the park - the sun peeking out for a moment to illuminate the undersides of the clouds.