Summary: Standing across the valley from Half Dome, North Dome makes for a perfect afternoon day hike or a leisurely backpacking destination. From the top, you are promised an in your face view of Half Dome and exceptional views of Yosemite Valley and Tenaya Canyon below. You can reach the top by two trails starting in Yosemite Valley, the Yosemite Falls Trail and Snow Creek Trail. But the easiest is by way of the Porcupine Creek Trail, starting from Tioga Road, just past the Porcupine Flat Campground. Be sure to take the 1 mile detour to see the natural arch rock formation, Indian Rock. Be sure to bring plenty of water as there is none at North Dome, unless you head towards Lehamite Creek, a worthwhile side trip in itself. And as always, don't forget your camera!
For more details and photos of my backpacking trip there visit my website The Backcountry: North Dome.
Trailhead: Depending on your location, enter Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, 120 or 140. Be prepared to pay $20 for the entrance fee. Once in the park head towards Tioga Road (Highway 120). The trail head is the Porcupine Creek Trail located about a mile from the Porcupine Flat Campground. (Lat:37.75696 Lon:-119.56069)
Trail Guides for North Dome, Yosemite NP:
Yosemite National Park
by Jeffrey P. Schaffer (Wilderness Press)
by Tom Stienstra & Ann Marie Brown (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Yosemite Wilderness Center (209) 372-0740
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Mike Matenkosky, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Nelson on 6/15/2005
Hiked up here from Upper Yosemite Falls trail on 6/4/2005. Reached the top of Upper Yosemite Falls and had dinner and hiked to about 1/2 mile past Yosemite Point before spending the night. The next day was a delightful hike to North Dome, mostly in shade with a couple of small climbs in deep lush forest. Views from North Dome is truely incredible. See Illilouette Falls across the valley. Full view of Half Dome, Mt. Starr King, the Clark Range, and Yosemite Valley. Also good views of Clouds Rest and Tenaya Canyon.
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