Yosemite Falls to North Dome Hike

Difficulty
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Very Hard
Duration
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8.5-12h
Distance
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22.0 km
Elevation
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1,666 m
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Put your stamina to the test as you conquer the Yosemite Falls to North Dome Hike. This epic excursion features a waterfall, dumfounding vistas of the Sierra Nevada, and demanding ascents. Immerse yourself in California’s high country and revel in the grandeur of the mountainous landscape.

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Route Description for Yosemite Falls to North Dome Hike

The Yosemite Falls to North Dome Hike is an awesome adventure reserved for experienced hikers who are not afraid of heights. Climb up to the summit of Yosemite Falls along the northern rim of Yosemite Valley, and up to the summit of North Dome. Note sections of the path are rocky and uneven, so mind your footing and wear a sturdy pair of footwear. Additionally, it is important to stay on the marked path and keep a safe distance from the cliffside as the drops are dramatic. Pack plenty of water and make sure to acclimatize to the area’s elevation! Lastly, keep an eye on the skies, as afternoon storms are common in the area. Note: Yosemite National Park charges an entrance fee, check out the NPS website for more information.

Embark on your adventure along the Yosemite Falls to North Dome Trail from the Yosemite Falls Trailhead. From here, track the Yosemite Falls Trail up to Columbia Rock and the viewpoint for Upper Yosemite Falls. Revel in the sights of the cascades as you wander up the cliffside to the summit of Yosemite Falls. Now tracking east, cross over Yosemite Creek to Yosemite Point. Admire the vertigo-inducing sights of the valley below as you track the North Dome Trail.

Wander this path along the northern rim of Yosemite Valley over several creeks, before climbing up to the summit of North Dome. From atop North Dome, you will be granted an up close and personal view of Half Dome in the southeast. Revel in the scenery and, when you are ready, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Yosemite Falls to North Dome Hike Trailhead

Access the Yosemite Falls to North Dome Hike from the Yosemite Falls Trailhead in Camp 4 off Northside Drive.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Dispersed Backcountry Camping, Wilderness Permit Required.

  • When to do

    May-September

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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