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Pothole Dome, CA

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 1.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,725 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Accumulated Gain 250 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 45 min
Kokopelli Seeds 2.65
Interest Peak
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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5  2013-07-20 Hippy
Author chumley
author avatar Guides 75
Routes 667
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Trips 1,416 map ( 10,534 miles )
Age 46 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul → Any
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  5:42am - 6:01pm
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This short hike takes visitors to the top of Pothole Dome, a 200-foot high granite dome at the west end of Tuolumne Meadows. Parking is available along the road, and the trail leads hikers around the meadow rather than the shorter route directly across it.

Numerous signs indicate that the meadow is an ecologically fragile environment and foot traffic across it is prohibited. Please observe the signage and protect this beautiful meadow.

After getting around the meadow, the climb up the dome begins as soon as you feel comfortable. The farther you hike around the dome, the less steep the climb becomes. As you ascend the dome, the views across Tuolumne Meadows steadily increase. At the summit, you can see great views to the north and east, with the southern views blocked by the larger Fairview Dome immediately across Tioga Road.

This is an easy hike for all ages and skill levels and should be on the list for anybody who is driving through Tuolumne Meadows.

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2013-07-25 chumley
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Pothole Dome
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Our toughest hike yet...mainly due to 1. Holding our breath as we passed all the idling cars in the parking area 2. The people up the "trail" who probably left their cars idling.

Meh, nice little trot up the hill, I wasn't able to go up this little dome last year and I'm really glad chums and 9L didn't mind the tiny side trip for me :)

I truly enjoy granite domes, you can hike, walk, run, climb up or slide down and in most places thanks to the tough texture of the rock, you're in control...ah let's go back and play on more domes next year! :)
Pothole Dome
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After a quick trip up Lembert, and a visit to the wilderness office to get our permits for Sunday, we decided to check out the other end of Tuolumne Meadows.

The ecologically sensitive alpine meadow is being "restored" and the trail takes you around the end rather than the much shorter route straight across. From there the hike to the top is a simple one. As always, the scenery in Tuolumne is top notch, with the only scar made by the road and line of cars parked along it.

This is the ultimate in hikes for 4-year-old kids and tourists who usually don't venture more than 20-feet from their vehicle.

Permit $$

Yosemite National Park
Entrance Fees
Wilderness Permit
Half Dome Permit - Currently required 7 days a week. Check the link for the most up to date information.

2014 - 300 permits issued daily, 225 for dayhikers.
2013 - 400 permits issued daily, 300 for dayhikers.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
When inside Yosemite National Park, you will find parking for this hike along Tioga Road 2 miles west of the Tuolumne Meadows Store.
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