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“Difficult, but worth it!”
Review of Lembert Dome

Lembert Dome
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“Difficult, but worth it!”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Honestly, this hike was difficult for me hiking up and took a lot longer than the hike lists suggest. Take water, and prepare for very steep trails with rocks. The view from the top is spectacular -made my feet tingle!

Visited June 2013
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“Spectacular views”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Hike was not steep and this place was must if you can hike for 1-2 hours, views on top of dome was amazing. there is no man made village or parking between dome and mountains, its just trees and views, we took snacks on top and loved every bit of it. DONT MISS

Visited May 2013
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“NIce dome”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

A bit crowded and the parking lot is ramshackle but the hike is beautiful. Great views of Tuolomne Meadows

Visited October 2012
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“Moderate to Strenuous Incline Hike”
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”
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:

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:


Visited June 2012
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