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Pothole Dome Trail

EASY 29 reviews
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Pothole Dome Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 190 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips

bird watching


wild flowers




no dogs

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.

14 days ago

Easy trail to a great view of Tuolumne Meadows and the surrounding peaks. A bit muddy off the dome because of all the snow melting right now.

1 month ago

Sunset on top the dome ❤️

Fantastic panoramic views for v little effort!

10 months ago

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.

Friday, July 20, 2018

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.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

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.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

There actually is a trail along the entire east side of the dome. Make this a 5 star hike by traversing the top of the entire dome, dropping off the Northern end, down to the Tuolumne River then return via the trail at the eastern base of the dome.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

Monday, September 12, 2016

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

Saturday, August 06, 2016

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

Monday, June 06, 2016

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.

Monday, October 05, 2015

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!

Monday, June 29, 2015

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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.

Friday, September 13, 2013

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

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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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