We took the trailhead at bus stop #4 (Dog Lake/Lember Dome) even though a shorter trail exists at stop #2 (we could not find it by car) The stop #2 trail head is much steeper that what we hiked - we went around the left side of the Dome and was pleasantly surprised that we made good time nearly reaching Dog Lake within the hour. We backtracked slightly to head off climbing the Dome. It got really steep the last 5% of the hike and you needed good footing and occasionally your hands to get up to the top. Once there, a great 360 degree unobstructed view is to be had...you can see Tuolumne Meadows as well as Cathedral and Unicorn Peaks and Mt. Dana. We rewarded ourselves after climbing down by having a late but satisfying lunch at the Tuolumne Meadows Grill.
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