Dome Rock Trail

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Dome Rock Trail is a 1.4 mile out and back trail located near Springville, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.4 miles Elevation Gain: 121 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

Please note: the highway to the trailhead may close in the winter months.

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail! The Highway is Closed During the Winter season but I parked down at the ponderosa lodge and Hiked up from there. Was about 6-7 Miles there and back Great Views From Dome Rock. Definitely a must see and is a great spot for pictures!

hiking
3 months ago

this trail was a good one not the best but if your disabled easily drivable to then just walk 50 ft and boom great for sight seeing...

hiking
5 months ago

Spectacular views. Great place to hang out and enjoy the views. It’s the one place for hours that gets cell service too.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Easy trail, we did it with two kids (6 & 3) impressive views for little legwork

hiking
7 months ago

Cool rock with nice views

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

dont miss the turn! you dont have to park on the side of the road and hike in. drive down that dirt road and you reach the end, climb up the rock and enjoy the beautiful views :)) got some great pictures from there! not at all a difficult "hike"

hiking
Sat Oct 20 2018

This was a fun side trip I took when I camped at Upper Peppermint Creek Campgrounds just a couple miles North on the same road. Dome Rock is surprisingly accessible. I parked my sports car down below thinking I would have clearance issues going up the dirt hill. Once I reached the base of the dome, I realized I totally could have driven up the hill, evidenced by the few family sedans parked there. Anyway, The view was great, the skies were clear, the sun was warm, and the breeze was cool. It's really amazing how many trees seem to be growing right out of solid rock. There was also this ancient looking dead tree up there. Note to visitors: don't stack rocks (cairns) without disassembling it afterwards. Leave No Trace.

walking
Mon Sep 03 2018

Short climb up the rock after driving into the dirt road. Very peaceful even tho there was tons of ppl. Beautiful views.

hiking
Mon Aug 13 2018

We drove in and parked at the base of the rock. Easy, quick scurry up to the top. Beautiful views, I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Sequoia National Forest.

Thu May 10 2018

We parked at a turn out on the highway in order to get an actual walk in. If you take the unpaved road all the way, you can basically just drive up to the rock and climb up and around. Make sure your shoes have good grip so you don't slide off the rocks :P

walking
Mon Oct 09 2017

This was a great trail to be able to drive up close to the dome with the family and let the kids go out and hike around. The views were absolutely gorgeous and the Forrest was excellent! I would highly recommend it!

Sun Sep 17 2017

I walked the Dome Rock today and was treated with the most glorious view. I would go here again.

hiking
Wed Jul 19 2017

You can actually drive up to within a few yards of Dome Rock, but park below for an easy hike under the pines. The rock provides some of the most spectacular views you can get anywhere. The sides slope down and are deceptively steep, so watch your young ones.

Fri Jul 07 2017

Great view

hiking
Sun Jun 25 2017

Super short and easy hike up to Dome Rock. There is an absolutely beautiful expanse of forest and mountains below to view and appreciate from the top. There is absolutely NOTHING between you and certain death here. The rock just slopes off into a sheer drop to the valley floor and getting anywhere near the drop-off will bring visions of what-ifs crowding into your mind.You will truly contemplate life here... through the consideration of your mortality. Enjoy.

Fri Jun 16 2017

beautiful

Wed Jun 14 2017

Really short if you drive to the parking. But the views are magnificent

hiking
Tue Jun 06 2017

Great views! At some times of the year you can drive on the dirt road basically all the way to the rock, or park off the highway and make it a real hike. I like it at sunset.

Sat May 27 2017

❤️

hiking
Thu Nov 17 2016

The trail had some incredible views. You can see needles lookout for most of the trail. It's a quick walk. There is a gate that says road closed keep off. I took that as pedestrians only lol I parked in the highway where the sign said dome rock and walked from there. Like I said, very short hike

walking
Tue Sep 06 2016

A quick walk to a spectacular view! It's a short distance, but all uphill So you could become short of breath if you are out of shape,nespecially at that high of an altitude. I would suggest decent shoes because you will be walking on slick solid granite with a possibility of loose rocks causing some loose footing for the beginner or for children.

hiking
Mon Jun 13 2016

Definitely more of a walk up hill then a hike if you park in the designated parking lot. But awesome views, good spot to hangout, eat lunch and see the sights.

Tue May 10 2016

Stunning views

walking
Thu Apr 16 2015

Not a hike at all more of a walk up a hill. When you get up the hill it's a sight to see.

hiking
Sun Oct 26 2014

Hiked to this peak from near R-Ranch which is mainly along roads for a more of an all day thing and to get the miles and the elevation gain once on top the views of the Kern Gorge are just amazing. It was a nice clear day.

fishing
Mon Sep 30 2013

We call this Elephant Dome, it's off of Nobe Young Creek and Camp Whitsett a boy scout camp. Fished here all my life, thanks DAD for wonderful years of family fun.

Wed Jul 25 2012

Doesn't really qualify as a hike unless you park off the main road and hike the quarter mile or so on the dirt road. It's more of a scramble up the backside of the dome, but the views are spectacular. It's off the beaten track, so it keeps the crowds away. Just a few die hards quietly enjoying the view.

camping
Thu Sep 15 2011

Great views of the surrounding mountains and the stars. Played night frisbee as well!

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