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“Moderate to Strenuous Incline Hike” 4 of 5 stars
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Lembert Dome
Tioga Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
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“Moderate to Strenuous Incline Hike”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The walk/hike to the dome is a Tuolumne Meadows gem. The hike to the top of the dome is not an easy one up nor is it down on your legs, knees, and cardio. The difficulty is totally dependent on your physical fitness and wellness. I would leave 4 hours for the roundtrip hike. Wow ... what a great panoramic view. If the hike scares you away, I would take a walk in the meadows across from the restaurant and visitor center and take in a more relaxing view of the whole area with Lembert in the foreground. If you got legs, make the hike.

Visited July 2012
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“Perfect hike featuring a beginner's "I just climbed a mountain" experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Located on the Tioga Pass road in the Tuolumne Meadows area, Lembert Dome offers a moderately challenging uphill climb, culminating in it's namesake granite dome. It is almost a three mile hike. We made the hike, ascent, and return in 3 1/2 hours, stopping to enjoy a few of the scenic features. The dome is surrounded by a ring of Upper Yosemite mountains, offering a great panoramic view once you've made it to the top.

Short video of our hike:
www.youtube.com/user/gregman01?feature=mhee

You can't get here in the winter, as the Tioga Pass road is snowbound.

The first quarter mile of the trail is level, and crosses a grid of level, slick rock granite. Be sure to take in the northern view of the meadows and distant mountains. It is a beautiful, serene alpine experience.

The total elevation gain is 900 feet, and the air is thin, as you are starting at 8,500. The first half of the hike starts with a shaded uphill walk through the forest, in and around a moss and fern banked stream. At a level area, the stream babbles through a dark, cool, area of spruce trees. It is a welcome relief if you are hiking in the afternoon summer heat. It is very picturesque here and the water rolls over dark, mossy steps on its way downhill.

The other half of this level walk meets up with Dog Lake, a perfect alpine lagoon at the base of Lembert Dome, ringed with spruce trees. The water is clear and shallow, and a nice spot to cool you feet.

Next is the remaining ascent, up the forest trail, until the expanse of granite greets you. After a hundred yards of gentle incline up the rock, your hike brings you to the base of the dome itself. If you can't or won't hike Half Dome, this is a great alternative. From here, the final ascent becomes steep and it appears as though one slip later, you could be sliding down the granite into oblivion. It will have your heart racing. You might need to do a little scrambling for the final assault. We didn't make the final, steeper scramble, as our legs were still rubberized from climbing Half Dome the day before.

The panoramic view is stunning, as all the peaks of the Tuolumne area can be seen from Lembert Dome. It has an epic, expansive, Lord Of the Rings film look from the top.

This is inside the Yosemite Park, so you will have to pay an entrance fee.

I made a short video of the hike and have posted it on YouTube for awhile:

www.youtube.com/user/gregman01?feature=mhee

Visited June 2012
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“Our favorite landmark on the east side of the park.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a pretty imposing wall of granite as you drive by. Parking and hiking it is not easy at the high altitude, so we only went partway up and around it, but even that small hike was satisfying.
An impressive view when you are on it and turn around to look down over the park too.

Visited August 2012
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“Through the meadow and up”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Added this to the Tuolomne Meadows hike. Strenous switchbacks but did climb all the way up for fantastic 360 degree view of the area.

Visited September 2012
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“Lembert Dome and Dog Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We started our hike at the Dog Lake parking area which is just before the Tuolumne Lodge (walked over from the campground and caught the shuttle back after a Tuolumne Meadows IPA at the Lodge when we finished the hike) The trail is a bit steep at the beginning but that is where we also met up with a fat, healthy cayote on the trail. He didn't feel like talking and took off as soon as I said hello to him. We went first to Dog Lake and if you veer to the left when you reach the lake you will find a nice sandy beach to relax on. The lake is beautiful and about .5 miles around. Upon leaving the lake we took the trail to Lembert Dome and had a fun time climbing the granite and taking in the outrageous views.

Visited August 2012
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