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Sep 09 2018
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
North Dome - YosemiteSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
trekkin_gecko
Hiking9.67 Miles 2,197 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles
2,197 ft AEG
 
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johnlp
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didn't have to pack up camp today, since the occupants of our next site vacated early :)
started with north dome sunday, setting out around 8:00 from porcupine creek trailhead
the book we use underestimates the aeg, not that it mattered
the trail descends through forest, then continues along slickrock
the first views of half dome and clouds rest open up
we passed the turnoff to indian rock on the way, saving that side trip for the return
dropping below north dome, you then have to ascend the actual dome
while lower than other landmarks, the views are excellent
a good glimpse into yosemite valley along with surrounding high points
we took photos and wandered around the summit for awhile, then headed back
hiked up to an arch on the way to indian rock on the way back
now that i look at my track, we didn't go all the way to indian rock
not sure what we missed, but the arch was 8)
finished up, then drove over and had a snack at olmsted point for another perspective
this might have been my favorite hike of the trip
i like summit views
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Sep 09 2018
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
North Dome - YosemiteSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.67 Miles 2,197 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.44 mph
2,197 ft AEG
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Nice morning hike out to North Dome. Over half in the trees. An early start had the temps ok even when on the Dome. Always cool hiking on the rock ridges. The views were good looking into the Valley. I can't get enough of Tenaya Canyon either.Then Half Dome and Cloud's Rest are right there on your left. Very cool! Kelly took us up to an arch on the way back that was pretty cool. Word is we didn't go all the way to Indian Rock. When you look it up it seems to just show pics of the arch so I'm not sure what we missed. Someday will check it out. Some aeg but nice hike! :D
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Sep 09 2018
johnlp
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 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
North Dome - YosemiteSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
johnlp
Hiking9.67 Miles 2,197 AEG
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Fun hike with great views. :)
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Jun 22 2016
RickVincent
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49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
North Dome - YosemiteSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2016
RickVincent
Hiking9.90 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking9.90 Miles   5 Hrs      1.98 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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After arriving in Reno, still had to make the drive to Yosemite. Started this hike around 4pm. I recommend this as an afternoon hike in order to see Half Dome lit up in all its glory. Fantastic views of the famous dome from this vantage point. We also hit the .3 mile spur trail to the arch which was well worth the small additional aeg and distance.
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Jul 05 2012
JimmyLyding
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 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
North Dome - YosemiteSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2012
JimmyLyding
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,988 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   5 Hrs      1.84 mph
1,988 ft AEG
 
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Very cool hike with rdavisiii. The view from North Dome is absolutely ridiculous. Perfect weather for hiking and photography. Can't wait to hit this one again.
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Jun 29 2012
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 Scottsdale, AZ
The North RimSierra Nevada, CA
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Hiking avatar Jun 29 2012
John9L
Hiking13.24 Miles 1,729 AEG
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My last day in Yosemite. It's been a heck of a trip! I've already hiked close to 50 miles and I know I'm near my limit. I was seriously considering spending the day relaxing but I could not resist the call of North Dome. The Dome looms over Curry Village. It's one of the last areas of Yosemite Valley I have not been.

My plan: I would pay the $11.50 for a 8am bus ride on the Tuolumne Hikers Express shuttle. I was lucky to get a seat because it was originally sold out. I double checked later in the day and picked up the one remaining seat for a cancelled reservation. The shuttle would drop me off at Porcupine Creek and I would hike down to North Dome. My original plan was to retrace my steps from North Dome and then connect to the Snow Creek Trail which would lead me down to Mirror Lake and back to Curry Village. I changed my plan and headed west on the North Rim Trail and made my way down the Upper Yosemite Falls Trail. This was a hard decision!

I arrived at the shuttle at 8am and I was ready to hike! The bus was very slow going with a stop at Yosemite Lodge and another stop at Crane Flat for a bathroom break. I got off the bus and started hiking at 10:15am. This is late for me! After stepping off the bus I gear up and prepare myself for the hike. To be honest I was dead tired and almost regretted riding the bus. I had to dig deep for this one!

The first few miles of the North Dome Trail lead down a gentle grade through the forest. There are no views for a while. Eventually the trail starts to head uphill and the views start to open up. One of the first things I see is Clouds Rest. I continued on and views into Yosemite Valley open up as well. Half Dome then comes into view and really grabs your attention. It is one hell of a large piece of granite! Finally my goal North Dome comes into focus. It looks a lot different from up here! The trail makes a slight turn to the left and then hooks back toward the summit. You follow the granite and find yourself at the end in few minutes.

By this time I've been seeing epic views for six days! I'm kind of getting numb to them. I have to pinch myself to remind me where I am and what I'm doing. There is no where else on earth I'd rather be then right here. From North Dome, Half Dome looms straight ahead. Clouds Rest rises to the east and Basket Dome looks inviting as well. It's similar to North Dome. To the west is the top of El Capitan and Yosemite Falls trail. I wish I could spend eternity right here.

Time is wasting so I started my return. At this point I changed my plan to head for the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. I'm really slogging at this point and I want the easiest and quickest way back to the valley floor. The Snow Creek Tail is longer and more isolated. I also can't resist hiking past falls...they are spectacular.

I left North Dome and headed west on the North Rim Trail. This trail is easy to follow as you head into the forest and away from the edge. I followed this for roughly three miles and only saw one other hiker. There were a couple of nice creeks that I used to splash some water in my face and soak my bandana. This helped rejuvenate me! I continued on and the trail lead out of the forest to Yosemite Point. This is another epic view! I continued and dropped down near the bridge above Upper Yosemite Falls. The water was flowing very low compared to my trip here two years ago.

On the way down I made a quick detour to the top of the falls. There were a bunch of people. I walked up and took my pics and then headed out. It was around 2pm and I wanted to get back. I hit the trail and cruised down stopping quickly for a pic here and there. Several groups asked me how much further to the top. I could not give them a good answer. After an hour or so I reached the valley floor and was back at Curry Village shortly afterward.

This has been the trip of a lifetime for me. Everything came together and I accomplished all of my hiking goals and then some! I finished with roughly 63 miles and 14,500 feet of gain over six full days. By the end, the sun and dehydration were a constant threat. This was not easy. The hiking began to feel like a job. I needed a break was happy to return to Phoenix. All good things come to an end.

Parting words, Yosemite and the Sierras are heaven on earth for me. I miss them already! I shall return!
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