Panorama of the Lembert Dome hike in Yosemite National Park
Panorama of the Lembert Dome hike in Yosemite National Park

Lembert Dome hike

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Lembert Dome hike

Distance: 4.0mi
Elevation: 935ft
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 41.6mi, 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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Francine Robertson 1 year ago

This trail provided an amazing view of the valley. Will definitely do it next time.

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Clara Fields 1 year ago

Amazing view of the valley. Will definitely do it again!

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Kenny Walks 1 year ago

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

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Gordon Y. 1 year ago

Beautiful views from the top, short sweet hike, covered by trees. The latter part is fun too - balancing on granite slabs as you climb to the top of the dome. We also visited the dog lake on the way back. Great detour!

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Archimedez L. 1 year ago

Nice short hike. Not very crowded too. The views of the Tuolumne were remarkable.

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Chris Stutter 1 year ago

I hiked up Lembert Dome alone the first time years ago and it was great to share this gorgeous hike of views.

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Yael M. 1 year ago

I was bothered by the lack of signages in the area. I hope they can improve it.

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MissGiggles 1 year 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 Discovery 2 years ago

Tuolumne Meadows looked so brilliant! Definitely a must visit!

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angelwest 2 years ago

Beautiful granite mountains and aspen forest. Such an incredible scenery to look at.

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