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Lembert Dome hike

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Lembert Dome hike

Distance: 6.5km
Elevation: 285m
Time: 1.5-2.5h

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The hike up Lembert Dome is one of the easier ways to get to the top of anything in Yosemite National Park. Get great views over Tuolumne Meadows and stop for a snack when you're done with the walk at the Tuolumne Meadows Grill.

Lembert Dome hike Map

Getting there

From the Crane Flat gas station take the Tioga Road (Highway 120) east for approximately 67.0km, just past Tuolumne Meadows Campground to the Lembert Dome trail head.

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When to do

June through September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Tuolumne Shop

Family friendly

No

Route Signage

Poor

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Lembert Dome
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Route Description for Lembert Dome

This is a great way to get a summit without a long arduous journey. To get to the summit it involves walking on some steep granite, so do not attempt when it is wet. The views of the Tuolumne area are majestic.

The path starts at the far end of the parking lot, NOT the trail leading up from the center of the parking lot with the “Lembert Dome” sign. Head to the far end of the parking lot and follow a wide, well signposted trail up through meadows and forests, crossing a few streams. Climbing slowly, you will be enveloped in the gorgeous beauty of the forest and its underbrush.

You will find yourself turning right to continue along a bare rock ridge after about an hour of hiking. This is the final ascent of the dome. Hike up along the rock to a large plateau with boulders. From here the summit is clearly visible, however the granite is very steep. Contour around to the far side of the dome and switchback your way up to the very top.

You will be able to see the meadows beside Tioga Road, and the numerous mountains that surround the northern Yosemite region. Do it close to sunset for magnificent colors for photos, but make sure to leave enough time to get down!

If you want to find more great hikes in Yosemite, check out Clouds Rest, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite Valley or Panorama Trail!

Insider Hints

  • Do not attempt this when it is wet out, the top is slippery.

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Kenny Walks 2 weeks ago

Beautiful hike. Steep terrain in spots but well-maintained trail. Nice spot for a picnic.

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MissGiggles 2 months ago

Hike to the Lembert dome is not really hard. If you don’t hike much, this trail is a moderately tough uphill slog and will challenge you. It was a really nice view!

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Wyatt Thomas 1 year ago

Lembert Dome was a nice hike and I really enjoyed stopping at the Tuolomne Meadows Grill after.

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Ramiro G. 1 year ago

A bit of the drive from the Valley Village but I think it's a must-see just to get understanding that Yosemite is not only the valley and a bit wilder northern part is worth giving a visit too

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mountaincat 1 year ago

I loved the Tuolumne part of the park and Lembert Dome was a great spot to explore a bit

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JoZ 1 year ago

a little bit steep, might get a bit slippery but a nice walk. not too long

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ishita_war 1 year ago

very nice overlook in the northern part of Yosemite's and picnic area was also nice

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SJ 1 year ago

Lembert Dome had some fantastic views!

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Burokai 1 year ago

The views were amazing! Lots of people. Nice picnic area next to Lambert dome too. Didn't take too long

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