Lembert Dome Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Lembert Dome—among the premiere features of Tuolumne Meadows—is the huge, lopsided, smoothly polished mound of granite just north of the Tioga Road. This loop will take you all the way around the dome, providing some great views along the way. There are even better views from the top, of course, but the route is strenuous and slippery and far beyond the definition of an “easy” hike. You can follow the route in either direction, but it will be described clockwise here."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Lembert Dome, among the premiere features of Tuolumne Meadows, is the huge, lopsided, smoothly polished mound of granite just north of Tioga Road. This hike takes you to the top of the dome, approaching from the west and returning to the east to make a loop. The views from the top are marvelous."
--Suzanne Swedo, Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
"If you have time for just one Tuolumne Meadows walk, it should be an ascent of Lembert Dome (or Pothole Dome, Hike 29, if you are uneasy about scrambling up steep slabs). From the summit you can enjoy the best views of Tuolumne Meadows as you stare out across the expanse of mountain-ringed meadow. Sitting on top, imagine a river of ice flowing up and over your perch, smoothing and polishing the granite you are climbing. Take this walk anytime Tioga Road is open, except when a thunderstorm is threatening."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"Lembert Dome is an impressive, polished granite dome sculpted by glacial ice. From it's 9,450 foot elevation, it offers the premiere view of Tuolumne Meadows and the canyon below. From the exposed dome summit, there is a sweeping 360-degree view of mountain peaks in every direction. The trail up to the north side of the dome is short, but steep. Careful footing, especially on the way down, is essential. Note: most of the Yosemite trail maps, including the USGS and Trails Illustrated maps, do not show this trail. It is shown on the Tuolumne Meadows and Campground map available at the visitor center and the campground."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
"This is perhaps the finest dayhike you can take in the Tuolumne Meadows area. If you have only an hour or two to spare, then hike only to the top of Lembert Dome or Dog Dome. However, don’t overexert yourself, for at this area’s elevation you can easily get altitude sickness. If you hike only to the top of the two domes, the round-trip distance is 2.6 miles; if only to the lake, then the round-trip distance is 3.2 miles. This entire route, being within a mile of Tioga Road, is off-limits to backcountry camping."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press).
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