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Nice hike, a little Smokey from a controlled burn nearby but a beautiful day. Great views of Half Dome, the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Indian rock was worth the short hike and also had some nice views from the arch. The hike is moderate to hard for beginners and very easy for the young lady that jogged by us not once, but three times while on the trail, amazingly fit...

Bring at least a liter of water per person! This is not an easy hike and it took us about 5 hours to complete including a lunch break. Crossed paths with many hikers who either didn’t have water or brought a single 500 ml bottle.

The first 2/3 of the hike is through a nice shady woodland, but the real payoff is emerging from the woods and seeing the Valley below you. I did lose the trail at one point trying to get to the Dome, but retrace your steps to the sign and there will be a few switchbacks along the rock wall that get you down to the path that leads to North Dome. The views are mesmerizing from North Dome—bring lunch and plan for at least 30 minutes there.

Getting to the initial dome is a breeze with some minor switchbacks. The end of the hike is what makes this a bit strenuous, there’s some rock scrambling and the path isn’t totally clear, it’s worth the extra effort past the initial dome. The way back uphill is tedious but once you’re past that, you can easily run downhill. Would love to go back to camp at the dome itself, highly recommend!

This was my first solo backpacking trip and my first time in Yosemite and this was the perfect route for both. I completed the route over 3 days 2 nights through the pouring rain most of the time but it didn’t even matter. The scenery was unreal from the beginning to end. I stayed at booth lake the first night and the morning scenery was beautiful there. I stayed a little past Merced Lake on the second night on a cliff overlooking the Merced River. I didn’t see a single soul until my last day when I hit the valley. What an amazing experience I can’t wait to return next spring.

This was our best hike in Yosemite, for the non climbers it’s as rewarding as it gets.

For people leaving reviews saying it is very easy, I am guessing they are either extremely fit or didn’t do the whole trail. Many people we saw on the way in stopped at the initial dome/clearing and went back. It is not extremely clear and no sign denotes north dome that I saw, but make sure to keep going to the actual end dome.

It is deceptive after you get to the initial dome, from there you need to hike down to a little valley, and then ultimately go up again to get to the actual north dome. Going back up is what made the hike somewhat hard and definitely not a stroll in the park like some people have posted. Again if you just did the initial dome, yes it is easy.

On a very busy Saturday this was still very quiet - and amazing views from North Dome. As others suggested, definitely worth going up to the arch. Limited parking at 10:45

I loved this hike because there were no people! It took me four hours round trip from porcupine creek parking lot and I saw maybe 5 people at some point. Great views. I was exhausted at the end but this is not a hard hike. Went on 10/1/18.

I enjoyed the views ... but it is nowhere near 34 miles. It is closer to 20 miles. I went counterclockwise and found it moderate only because I was carrying a pack. It could easily be done as a day hike.

The views are excellent. We arrived before 5 pm on a Friday and hiked down from White Wolf TH for over 5 miles before resting for the night. The next day we hiked all the way past the Waterwheel Falls before looking for campsites. Along the route, there are some really nice places to stay for the night. On Sunday we hiked to Tuolumne Meadows and got a ride from a nice father and son team to the junction with White Wolf. The only regret is that AllTrails could not record most of the route. Once we descended into the forest, it lost GPS signal. So it only recorded the beginning and ending part of the whole trip!

hiking
1 month ago

Views of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and the valley are spectacular on top of North Dome. Long ways in getting there though, dry and dusty terrain, some long stretches without cover.

Best view when arriving the North Dome. Definitely worth it!

Trail is well maintained, water sources are becoming an issue, however not critical.
Several areas are “ no use” restoration in progress” and made finding camping spots a challenge at the end of the day.
No real issue with mosquitos but nights are hitting freezing.
Had excellent fishing at Shadow Lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

We started from White Wolf and finished at Tuolumne Meadows. Initially, we planned it as 3 day backpacking but thought better of it and changed to 4 days. I was glad we did. We had much more time to enjoy all the beautiful views, side tripped to every falls to take lots of pictures and took time to soak my feet in the river. We saw a bear coming down a tree on the first night at the camp site in Pate Valley. I was bit surprised and scared but it did not mind us at all and just walked away as if we were not there. The bridge at Pate Valley was not fixed on 9/1/2018. There were still three beams left and we walked on the middle beam to cross the river. More and better camp sites on north side of the river in Pate Valley. Bugs were bad whole time 6000ft or under - I wish I had a net to cover my face - they swarmed around and crawled on my exposed skin everywhere - repellent did not work. The views were better last half of the trail. Lots of water falls. When we were climbing up to Waterwheel Falls, those bugs were finally gone. We stopped at the top of Waterwheel Falls to eat lunch - the view of the canyon was spectacular. 4th and the last day was pretty easy hike to Tuolumne Meadows store. We saw many day hikers at this point but we were surprised we did not see many backpackers during this 3 day weekend. We arrived at the store around noon and pick up some lunch waited the hiker's shuttle to go back to White Wolf. The weather was very nice and the sky was blue whole time. While we were waiting for the bus the dark cloud developed and it started raining. We were glad we did not encounter the rain on the trail. It was tough terrain but we took time to enjoy them all. It was a great trip.

backpacking
2 months ago

My friend and I just completed the Tahoe Yosemite trail starting from Echo Lake and ending at Meeks Bay. We spent one night each at Aloha, Fontanillis and Stoney Ridge Lakes. Once we turned off the PCT at Phipps Pass, we pretty much had the trail to ourselves. The weather during our trip was sunny and warm with fair visibility – mostly due to the current fire conditions. We didn’t use a tent since the weather was good but the gusting winds (10 – 15 mph) definitely woke us up at night. Good part about the wind is that we didn’t have a bug problem. I highly recommend this trail if you want spectacular mountain and lake views and don’t want to deal with crowds.

Hiked out to North Dome and spent the night on the saddle between North Dome and Indian Ridge. The hike out is fairly easy with a little bit of technically route finding on the last mile if you veer off trail and walk straight down Indian Ridge. There was a very small water source about 2 miles into the hike and that was it. Quiet gorgeous night with an amazing full moon rise right over Half Dome. The hike out the next day was intense for the first mile because we had to get back up to the top of Indian Ridge, a 700+ feet elevation gain. The rest of the trip was easy but the last mile to the car felt like forever.

walked from meeks to fontainillis! the beginning from meeks to stony ridge is a bit on the boring side, however from stony ridge to fontainillis is beatiful! and challenging ;-)
from there we exited through Dicks lake and eagle falls, which was a lot more crowded!

The elevation kicked my butt, yet the views were astonishing! Ended up stopping at Basket Dome and heading back, with a brief detour at Indian Rock. Be warned that there is some light scrambling to make your way down to North Dome itself. Keep an eye out so that you stay on the trail, unlike us! If you tackle this in the summer, bring lots of water, bug spray, and poles if you have them.

Second time and still my favorite trail

The next time I'm introducing an out-of-towner to Yosemite, this is the hike we'll do. The view from North Dome of Half Dome and the valley is stunning.

Great Walk. Nothing too strenuous. Just a few steep sections. Try and get it done early in the day to beat the heat. The views from North Dome are amazing. Plenty of wildflowers along the path.

just came back, lots of mosquitoes bring deet

Left Tuolomne campground at about 10am on Saturday after July 4th and got to the trailhead around 10:40. Descent is relatively easy and stable for the first 3 miles or so, pretty flat/downhill. Ascent to Indian Rock is strenuous but comes relatively early in the hike and is a good warmup. Descent from Indian Rock to North Dome trailhead is steep-ish, but you won’t notice because you’ll be looking at Half Dome the whole time. Amazing views. Once you get to North Dome trailhead you will see signs for North Dome. Make sure you follow the trail to the left if you are looking at Half Dome. My girlfriend and I turned right and tried bouldering down until we realized that we were about to become splats on the valley floor. Hike to North Dome from the sign is relatively easy. Have lunch and take pictures at North Dome, as the views are likely the best you’ll ever see. Our hike back was really tough. Make sure you bring enough water. We probably had 1.5 liters and it was nowhere near enough. At least 3 liters for 2 people, preferably 2 liters per person. It was also unusually hot for the elevation (80 degrees Fahrenheit). Round trip time including 35 minute break: 4.5 hours. Would highly recommend, but not an easy or moderate hike by any means. Make sure you are in shape and well hydrated. You are losing and climbing ~2,000ft in elevation.

Incline up the ridge to Indian Rock for days but one of the coolest arches ever with views of half dome.

Well maintained trail with great view at the end.

Did this two and a half weeks ago. Scenic trail and killer views from North Dome. We’re a couple - one pretty unfit at time of hike (had to drag self up the last bit!!), one moderately fit (no worries - only got a slight puff on). Recommend checking out Indian Rock - short detour (NB - alltrails way point for this wasn’t super accurate when we did it - detour is well marked on trail though so just wait until you see it or ask someone).

Hiked this last week and it was amazing! Great views of the whole park.. it’s the easiest hike I’ve done in Yosemite with a great payoff when it comes to views.. spent about an hour at the top just taking in all the views it has to offer.

I highly recommend this trail! The views on this trail are incredible, and the hike itself really isn’t to bad. Over all this is a great trail for all levels!

Hiked this in 2015. It was beautiful and my favorite hike we did in Yosemite...away from the crowds!

This trail gave breathtaking panoramics that I've never seen from any other spot in Yosemite. Just as the description states, you can see everything but the mountain you are on.I would not consider this a hard hike, but moderate. Most of the hike is easy, but there is little stretch of a switchback or two, and the first granite face that you go down on your way to it seems much more steep on your way back up which qualifies as a moderate trek in my book, only due to the incline that you make on the return to the car. Parking was limited, and a lot of vehicles were along the road. There was a great place off to the right that offered some great view, about 2 miles in to the trail. Definitely recommend this hike. It was cooler being high up, and there was a very strong breeze/wind making it very cold once actually out on the dome. I'd recommend to take a wind breaker and maybe even some pants if you plan to hang out there.

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