Porcupine Creek to North Dome

Yosemite, California

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North Dome is one of the most photographed features of the park, especially from the Happy Isles Bridge with the Merced River in the foreground. It is smooth and rounded, more symmetrical than Half Dome, crowning the exfoliating Royal Arches. This is probably the best full-day outing on the north rim, and it is a popular one. The views are everything you would expect from such a vantage point, and as a bonus, you get to see the famous granite arch atop Indian Ridge, accessible only to foot (or horse) travelers.

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"North Dome is one of the most photographed features of the park, especially from the Happy Isles Bridge with the Merced River in the foreground. It is smooth and rounded, more symmetrical than Half Dome, crowning the exfoliating Royal Arches. This is probably the best full-day outing on the north rim, and it is a popular one. The views are everything you would expect from such a vantage point, and as a bonus, you get to see the famous granite arch atop Indian Ridge, accessible only to foot (or horse) travelers."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 to 9 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: USGS Yosemite Falls quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Porcupine Creek to North Dome

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May 2018