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Dog Lake / Lembert Dome, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Sierra Nevada
4 of 5 by 2
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 8,701 feet
Elevation Gain 705 feet
Accumulated Gain 760 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 7.8
Dogs not allowed
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7  2018-08-06 nonot
4  2018-07-30 nonot
30  2016-07-09 Lucyan
14  2014-07-22 ddgrunning
15  2012-06-26 John9L
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
Routes 16,052
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul
Sun  5:45am - 5:55pm
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Overview: Distance and elevation reflect a round trip from Dog Lake parking area to both Dog Lake and Lembert Dome. For round trip from Lembert Dome parking area add 0.7 mi and 100 ft elevation. This can also be done as 4.7 mi / 860 ft AEG loop hike with side trips both Dog Lake and Lembert Dome from either parking area using a section of PCT along Dana Fork of Tuolumne River as parking areas connector.

Lembert Dome provides a spectacular view of Tuolumne Meadows and surrounding peaks. Have footwear with good traction as approach to the top of the dome is quite steep.

Dog Lake is a small mountain lake surrounded by forests and granite mountains with a meadow at the far end.

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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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Dog Lake / Lembert Dome
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On our way into Yosemite we drove across the Tioga Pass. I convinced Cheryl to give me an hour to check out Lembert Dome. We've driven by it before and I was desperate to reach the summit. I left Cheryl by the parking lot and walked towards the dome and headed in a clockwise direction. I noticed right away this was not the official trail. There were random foot paths all over the place and I followed the trails in a general upward direction. I was huffing for air on the ascent. I checked my gps and saw I was at roughly 9,000 feet.

After some effort, I reached the saddle and saw my path to the summit. I followed the granite up and continued towards the peak. There were people spread out all over the dome. I worked my way to the summit. From there I enjoyed the views and took everything in. The high country of Yosemite is breathtaking!

After hanging out for a few minutes I returned to the trail. This time I followed the official trail back to Tioga Road. At this point I wanted to get back to Cheryl as quickly as possible so I just followed the road. I was back in a few minutes and we continued our journey.

Lembert Dome is a nice hike with spectacular views! I definitely recommend it if you have 1-2 hours to spend in the area.

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
Dog Lake parking area (shuttle stop #2): From Tioga Pass entrance drive west 6.5 mi, from Big Oak Rd / CA-120 junction drive east 40 mi. Turn south following the "Ranger Station" sign. Signed parking lot is in 0.4 mi on the left.

Lembert Dome parking area (shuttle stop #4): From Tioga Pass entrance drive west 6.9 mi, from Big Oak Rd / CA-120 junction drive east 39.6 mi. Small signed parking lot in on the north side of Tioga Rd. Additional parking is may be found at the stables and along the gravel road going to the stables.
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