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North Dome, Yosemite

A great day hike to the best viewpoint in Yosemite or a perfect overnighter on a granite dome.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.5 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview:  This is a great hike right off the Tioga Road in Yosemite that takes you through some great meadows, past a rare granite arch called... more »

Tips:  You will need shoes with good traction on the granite and trekking poles are always recommended for stability.

There is no water... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Porcupine Creek Trailhead

This is the start of the journey. There is a parking lot and a toilet to get your trip started right.

2. A Nice Meadow

Right along this part of the hike, you walk through the trees and through some nice meadows. It's relatively flat through here.

3. Great Stretch For Pictures

You pass by some small streams through this stretch that moisten the ground and make for some cool walking and small patches of flowers, ferns and grasses.

4. Good Lunch Spot

As you come up this little rise, you will see some boulders and a great view. This is a great place to sit and eat some lunch.

5. Indian Rock

A very rare granite arch that is only a short hike off the North Dome trail and very worth the time. If you are backpacking, drop your packs and hike to Indian Rock light. You can see Half Dome!

6. Steep Granite Trail

It's a little scary here as you hike along some steep granite. It's not a problem, but good shoes really help here as the crumbly granite can be slippery. There is no risk of a big fall or anything, but you could slip. Go off trail a bit and there are some great viewpoints for pictures.

There are also some fine camping spots on the granite... More

7. North Dome

A granite dome jutting out into Yosemite Valley right across from Half Dome. The view is 360 degrees of beauty with about 240 degrees overlooking the Valley. There are a couple great places to camp right near the dome so you can get out at sunrise and sunset.