North Dome Trail via Tioga Road

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North Dome Trail via Tioga Road is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2080 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A great day hike to the best viewpoint in Yosemite or a perfect overnighter on a granite dome. This is a great hike right off the Tioga Road in Yosemite that takes you through some great meadows, past a rare granite arch called Indian Arch, and onto the granite of North Dome. North Dome is on the North Rim of Yosemite Valley right across from Half Dome, making the North Dome view spectacular. North Dome juts out into Yosemite Valley, giving you a sweeping panorama of the Valley to the West, Half Dome to the South, and Clouds Rest and the Yosemite high country stretching out to the East. There are a couple great camp sites right near the dome giving great access for sunrise and sunset viewing and pictures. The trail actually decreases in elevation from the road to North Dome, but only by about 800 ft. A few ups and downs along the trail make the trail a moderate hike, but not strenuous by any means. On the way back, the last mile up to the road seems a lot longer than it did on the way down.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Not too hard besides the heat... we did a loop back following the Yosemite Valley trail and then back to Tioga road.

I can’t wait to go back.. this time with camping gear for the north dome.

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First off I got harassed by a marmot on Indian rock, so watch out for that. Absolutely gorgeous views the entire way, especially at North Dome which gives you an unsurpassed view of Half Dome. Extending the trail out to Yosemite Point is recommended. Although the upper falls are cool to see, going down to them from Yosemite point and then back up adds minimally to the experience while requiring a decent effort. 4 liters was just barely enough for me, but if you have purification there's numerous places to fill up and can go with even less.

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1 month ago

This is a great alternative to half dome with incredible up-close views of half dome at the end. The way to north dome is a descent from the trailhead, so save your energy for the climb back up. The toughest part was the dome itself, its steeper than the rest of the trail. Warms up very quickly on the dome as the day progresses and gets very hot while climbing back up the dome. But there is plenty of shade on all other parts of the trail. There was just a little bit of snow at about mile 1 (right after the creek crossing), but the rest of the trail is dry. A beautiful hike that's not very challenging but has rewarding views!

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2 months ago

Very nice hike and a great alternative if you can't get a permit for Half Dome. It's not as hard or as long, but still a good distance and effort.

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5 months ago

What can I say? This is truly a breathtaking trip. It'll steal your breath with the amazing sites. It'll also require a bit of breath and good old fashioned hard work to climb the falls. Spend the first night on the river above the falls: there's a great campsite with fire ring and tree coverage just about 300 feet from the river. Water is easily accessible from there for drinking, cooking, etc.

Once you get about +\- 2 hours from North Dome water gets scarce. There's none on North Dome at all. Bring it in from the closest clean creek you can find. It's totally worth it. The view, oh the view. We saw some many meteors. So near to see a campfire or two across the valley on half dome. Be on the watch for a mountain lion. We didn't have any trouble but one came close in the late evening.

Enjoy!