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Porcupine Creek Trail to Indian Ridge Natural Arch to North Dome

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Yosemite National Park

Porcupine Creek Trail to Indian Ridge Natural Arch to North Dome is a 9.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Length 9.8 mi Elevation gain 2,099 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Fee No dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations beginning on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm Trail starts downhill from the Porcupine Creek Trailhead for the first 1.5 miles then forks to the left and climbs Indian Ridge. At the top of the ridge is the 0.3 mile side trail to Indian Rock. After the Indian Rock junction the trail follows Indian Ridge down to the summit of North Dome.

Porcupine Creek Trailhead.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

You will need shoes with good traction on the granite and trekking poles are always recommended for stability. There is no water other than little streams at the beginning of the hike and none on the granite, so bring all the water you will need.

Tioga Road. Porcupine Creek Trailhead.

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Jesse Jackson
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This is a good trail for someone who wants some peace and quite and a safe well marked trail. I saw maybe 10 other people in about 3 hours. I went up to the rock and back. The first part of the trail is all in the woods then it eventually opens up to some beautiful views. It was a little smoky but still beautiful!

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Dach Nagrom
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Beautiful hike, lots of down trees across the trail. Fantastic views of the Valley and Half Dome

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WūTōR .
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Worth the the trek back UP

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Walter Koch
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Moderate in difficulty and length with some of the best views in the park. Highly recommended!

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Brandon Gugala
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Incredible! Wasn’t very hard. For the effort the views are probably the best in the park!

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Manoj Dhanapal
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Beautiful fall colors. Nice views of half dome the whole way. Didn't think the second half past the creek was worth the hike.

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Ian Dickinson
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Pleasant but cold

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April Swagman
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Hilary Maxworthy
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Jared Martinez
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HikingGreat!

Moderately hard hike with the majority of downhill along with some climbs. Views are amazing, might be some of the best of the valley. Highly recommended.

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Mike Siders
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We did this hike on 10/10 with pretty good air quality but still some smoke obstructing the views but overall, I think it was pretty good. I was hiking with my 9 month old son on my back who wasn’t having the best time so didn’t make it all the way to North Dome and had to cut out Indian Arch and Rock completely. The views from above North Dome are still amazing and got some awesome shots of Clouds Rest and Half Dome. The hike itself is pretty easy to the point we got to. It seems like it’d be a lot tougher actually making it to the dome and then hiking back up from there. I really liked this hike though and definitely planning on doing it again with hopefully no smoke and completing the entire trail. Trailhead parking almost full by 9am, recommend arriving early if possible

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Chad Humpal
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I had a GREAT time hiking the Indian Arch! 6 1/2 miles, 3 hours, 1,200 feet elevation gain, the only naturally formed arch in Yosemite, and a bear!

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Gerbrand Ceder
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Sarafina Angstadt-Leto
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A nice hike - definitely harder on the way back as the majority of the uphill happens then. We continued past Indian arch to what is actually marked as Indian rock, but the arch is definitely more impressive. Too smoky for good views on 10/3 but a really enjoyable hike nonetheless.

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Abbey Amemiya
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Great trail, pretty smokey but cleared up at the end. AMAZING VIEWS of the valley and half dome even with the smoke! About 9 miles recorded and elevation varies throughout the hike. It felt like the way back had the most uphill hiking. Last stretch to the North Dome is pretty gravely. Overall a wonderful hike 10/10 recommend! I will def be coming back once the smoke clears!

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Kristine Csicsery
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Great trail with an incredible destination! We started about 8:30 and finished around 1:30 with lots of photo stops! Bathroom was open at the trailhead. One thing to note (as of 9/26/20) is that there is an active, but managed, wildfire on Tioga Rd; it did not impact the hike but did delay our drive as they went down to one lane for safety. For the hike: Trail was fairly easy but does get a little difficult as you get close to North Dome. Good shoes are a must, the granite can be slippery. Trail was easy to follow until the granite; the AllTrails map was extremely helpful, or follow the cairns to of the best views in Yosemite!

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Puamohala d
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Trail was well marked

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Doug Maher
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Wayne Bair
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sofia awaleh
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Chris Ela
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tim hiller
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DAVE KIRN
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Paty Ruiz-Ortega
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What a gorgeous hike!! We started yesterday at 11 and ended up coming back around 6 due to our lunch break & some detours for pictures. We saw lots of baby squirrels, birds, and a deer! We made the detour to Indian Arch on the way to North Dome and it was so beautiful. Once we got to about 2/3rds of the way there, we started having trouble distinguishing the trail (a bit after where it indicates 0.5 on the map). I would suggest stopping for a bit if you can’t tell where the trail continues and assessing where the path would make sense (for example we noticed there were little rock’s outlining the path to make our way down). We only made it to the 0.5 sign before North Dome because there was a steep little downhill incline that neither of us wanted to risk going down. Regardless, I think the best tips I can give you is to mentally prepare for this hike (be prepared for bugs), bring lots of water, and enjoy the wonderful views the trail has to offer!

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Paul Ghidossi
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Did this RUNNING. Not too difficult if you are well trained and prepared. Ran with about 1 liter of water and some snacks. Started at bathroom located on HWY 120 around 11 AM. TOTAL TIME running took 1 hour 52 minutes. This entire run can be done with regular running shoes, nothing special....only one section, where you need to "slide" down a few feet of granite wall, that you might wish you had some better shoes. I added the short trail to Indian Rock. I recommend you have your lunch on top of North Dome. Once at North Dome you will have the most beautiful views. Good amount of shade on this trail, which helped with the temperatures. Down in the valley the temps were in the high 90's, but up on this trail, at least 10 degrees less! Going back, thru Groveland, you have an awesome brewery to replenish your carbs!

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Nancy Farese
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Delightful day hike. It took us 2 1/2 hours at a normal pace with a couple of sightseeing stops to get out to North Dome. We recommend that you go straight to North Dome, then go to Indian arch on your way back, because it can get hot and windy out on the Dome. But the views, amazing! You get a full view of half dome for the last third of the trail. Make sure to bring lots of water. Path is not at all precarious, but allows you access to amazing valley views. If you are going to do one hike to get to know the north rim of the valley, this is it.

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Stacy Soquet
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Was not mentally prepared for the hike- ha! Used the trailhead for Yosemite Falls a few years ago, and the last mile out (uphill) is a pain in the butt! Did entire hike in about 5.5hrs. We missed the trail to the left and ended up hiking down the face of the upper portion, would not recommend unless you have decent shoes. You can also stop before the last descent if you’re worried about the steepness. We did not do the side detour, but you can see it from the trail which is cool. Gorgeous view though, worth the hike!

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