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

hiking
1 month 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.