Pothole Dome Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until September.

Length1.0 miElevation gain190 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleFeeNo dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Yosemite is open with some services limited due to COVID-19. Reservations are required to drive into Yosemite. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm There is no trail, so to speak. You take a short trail from the trailhead/ parking lot and when you reach the east side of the dome, scramble up the rock.

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Bryan Schatzlein
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This is a super accessible trail as Pothole Dome is right on the Tioga Pass. Pretty cool 360° views from the summit. One thing to note is there isn’t really a true path that I saw on the trail, you could climb the dome more or less wherever you want.

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Tara Boehm
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There should be more reviews and recordings for this trail- it’s quick with some stellar unique views.

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Michael Kelly
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I accidentally took the black dotted line trail to the end where it meets the river. This was a happy accident because the view of the Tuolumne and the meadows was incredible. I then easily scrambled up the north east side of the dome (no real trails or markers) and enjoyed the view from the top if the dome. I then scrambled down where the red line on the map indicated. Doubles the mileage but would definitely recommend this approach. This is great to fit into a day where you want to squeeze in an extra stop while you’re in the high Sierras. It could end up being a highlight.

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Samantha Jean
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Easy walk up the rock face for some awesome views. Highly recommend! Traveled October 2017

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Stone Conroy
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Nice little jaunt but the fires blocked the view

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Paul Remmenga
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It was a kick in the pants to just wander up the ginormous rock! Glad that I stopped to do it!

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Jonathan Tyson
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Dawn Runge
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Short dome hike with pretty views

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Ben McCormack
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Some of the most stunning 360 views in Yosemite. Super quiet and peaceful

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Mervin John
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Benjamin Leon
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Our first hike in Yosemite, and a great one to kick it off. beautiful scenery, fun terrain.

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AllTrails Carrie
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Sunset on top the dome ❤️

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Robert Doane-Solomon
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Fantastic panoramic views for v little effort!

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chris bigelow
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Very short walk on a trail to the rock. This was my five year old's favorite hike on a recent trip to Yosemite. Nice views of the valley and surrounding area with very little work.

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madame33licious .
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This was a fun little hike with nice views of touloumne meadows. Pretty easy to get to the top of I’m being honest. Pretty fun but of course exposed/no shade.

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Steve Van Voorhis
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Enjoyable hike. Easy scramble up the dome and down the backside towards the river. Trail that skirts the eastern edge of the dome is easy to pick up and follow back to the road. Beautiful views of Unicorn Peak, the Cockscomb, and Echo Peaks and ridge.

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Jerry Horner
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Easy and quick. Nice views of tuolumne meadows and surrounding peaks.

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Breck Tuttle
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Flat trail to the base of the done then just pick your own route to the top of the dome. Nice view from the top.

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Melanie Toutai
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Kids had a blast hiking to the top of pothole dome. Great views!

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Jeff Gifford
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Worth it if you have time to kill, nice view of the meadows

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Alisa Fletcher-Tarrant
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Spectacular views if you decide to hike up onto the Dome The trail, if there is one, that goes all the way around the dome, was wet in places and disappeared because it was late spring. I'm not sure how long this trail actually is because when we no longer could see the trail, we decided to go up on the dome which was fabulous.

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Sarah Acosta
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Such a fun little hike! Very short with spectacular views of the meadow and cathedral peak etc...gorgeous place to sit for a while and watch the clouds roll in. For rock hounds/geology buffs: this place has awesome feldspar crystals! They're so big and sparkly!

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Peng Shi
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Very easy hike that's family friendly. Gives you a good view of the meadow, the Cathedral Peak, and the surrounding mountains.

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Robert Bell
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This is a fun little hike near the edge of Tuolumne Meadows and a great hike added to the trail through the meadows themselves. I did this in late September and it was just awesome.

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Nathan Hansen
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Hiked down along the base of the dome to the Tuolumne River and then went back and hiked up this dome and got some great views of Toulumne meadow.

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Javier Nesbit
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Spectacular 360 views from the top. Short, easy hike; well worth the quad burn to get there.

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Bill Watson
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Great view of Tuolumne Meadows from the west end (is also a Yosemite shuttle stop about 1.5 miles west of the Tuolumne Meadows Info Center)... from the small parking lot, hike around the meadow to the left (because the meadow is frequently soaked, esp in the late spring), and walk from the left along the base of the dome until you feel comfortable walking right up the dome... the farther right you go, the easier it is to step up; is a very easy hike with great views from the flat top... and the potholes fill with water when it rains; plus has some bubbles (deposited by the glaciers) on the top of the dome. Great view of the meadows and you can wander over the top and down the other side to extend the hike. Worth the short trip.

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Jie Bai
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scott davison
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Liz Luh
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