Posted Distance: 5.7 Mile (incl. Loop)
Suggested Time: 3.5 Hours
Our Time: 4 Hours
Sentinel is hands down the best walk in terms of effort put in to views ratio. You park at Kidney Campground and are serenaded by the loons of the Kidney Pond for the first .7 miles in. After you've looped around you come to the Sentinel Junction. The first 3/4 mile of the walk is very up and down, which can be frustrating. When you feel like you're finally making good progress you get sent back down a hill.
However, once the climb begins it isn't a very strenuous task. You loop around the opposite side of the mountain and reach the peak where you have the option of going left or right (or turning around if you hate views).
If you wan a quick look and to get on your bike, then go right for a superb view of Baxter Peak and most of the park. However if you have time to spare then take a left and be in awe at the Mountains and lakes in the site. If you go left and loop around, each look gets better and better until you're finally face to face with Baxter.
Ray's Thoughts: This was our second hike after Double Top and we were definitely both looking to tone it down a bit. We did Sentinel on Saturday and even though we were fatigued at the end we had room for more. If you're a big hiker I'd suggest doing this on a Friday before a big Saturday hike, or a Sunday after a big Saturday hike. If you're a good hiker then it's not worth a solo trip to the park.