Lembert Dome

Yosemite National Park

Hike and short scramble to an impressive granite perch over Tuolumne Meadows.

Hiking Severe

Distance
3 km
Ascent
217 m
Descent
217 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.7 km
High Point
2.9 km
Gradient
Lembert Dome Map

Lembert Dome is one of the granite monoliths rising from Tuolumne Meadows, and among the easiest of them to climb. It’s sheer-sided on most aspects, but the gentler east side provides a manageable route to the top. A signed trail begins from Dog Lake Trailhead, ascending somewhat steeply through the forest until emerging on the bare granite of the dome. From there, simply aim upward on the sloped spine of rock until you reach the top. On the summit, you'll enjoy a 360-degree panorama over the thick pine forest and the Tuolumne River snaking through patchwork meadows below, with Sierra Nevada peaks scraping the horizon all around.

Description

The climb is straightforward and relatively short, starting out easy but becoming very steep near the top. You will want to use your hands for stability in places. Proper hiking shoes are recommended for traction and comfort on the bare granite. Also keep in mind that the descent is trickier than the climb, so don’t go up anything you don’t think you can come down. Just take it slow and use extra careful foot placements for safety.

Note: The Lembert Dome Picnic Area is another trailhead for Lembert Dome, but the approach from there is longer and more strenuous.

Sources: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/tmhikes.pdf https://backpackers-review.com/trip-reports/yosemite-hiking-clouds-rest/

Difficulty

Severe

Hiking challenging trails where simple scrambling, with the occasional use of the hands, is a distinct possibility. The trails are often filled with all manner of obstacles both small and large, and the hills are very steep. Obstacles and challenges are often unexpected and can be unpredictable.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Summit Hike
  • Wild flowers

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