Porcupine Creek to Indian Rock, North Dome, and Columbia Rock via Tioga Pass Road

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Porcupine Creek to Indian Rock, North Dome, and Columbia Rock via Tioga Pass Road is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
12.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,929 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

One-way shuttle hike from Porcupine Creek Trailhead on Tioga Road.  Hike from trailhead down Indian Ridge to North Dome.  Excellent views of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.  Hike back from North Dome onto Indian Ridge and then head east to Yosemite Point, crossing a couple of small creeks and traversing some beautiful pine forests.  From Yosemite Point hike down to the brink of Upper Yosemite Fall for a stunning view from the top.  Trail then switchbacks down for over three miles do the valley floor, providing some unbeatable views of Upper Yosemite Fall along the way.  

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail a few years ago. We took the Hiker's Bus from Yosemite Valley and got dropped off at the Porcupine Creek trailhead on Tioga Road. The trail is a gentle downhill to the North Dome Trail junction, then climbs to Indian Rock. We hadn't planned to go to Indian Rock but took the short spur trail - well worth it. From Indian Rock, the trail descends to North Dome. We had lunch on top of North Dome and enjoyed the amazing and unique views of Half Dome across the valley before heading along the north rim to Yosemite Falls. Unfortunately, there was a nearby brush fire the weekend we had planned this trip so views of the valley were fairly obscured by smoke by mid afternoon. The views would have been epic otherwise. A somewhat difficult hike due to the distance and steep, rocky descent from Yosemite Falls. But much easier than doing the route uphill! We got a later start than planned, and with the slight detour to Indian Rock, we ended up going down most of Yosemite Falls trail in the dark - definitely not recommended! lol Bring plenty of water and bug repellant. Would love to do this one again.