Lembert Dome

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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2-2.5h
Distance
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6.5 km
Elevation
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285 m
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Overall Rating
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9.8
Physical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
Technical Difficulty
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Easy (Circle)
Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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Panorama of the Lembert Dome hike in Yosemite National Park

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.

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Route Description

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.

Getting There

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

Route Details

  • 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

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