Lembert Dome - Yosemite - Hiking California

 

Lembert Dome is an easily accessible granite monolith in Yosemite National Park, California, USA.

 

 

Yosemite National Park is a place of massive and lofty Granite Domes in the High Sierra.

The early morning drive begins from Lee Vining, then passes through Inyo National Forest, up Tioga Road, across Tioga Pass and past immaculate Dana Meadows to the parking area for trails to Lembert Dome and Dog Lake.

Lembert Dome looms large directly in front of the very busy parking area.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

The trail-head for Lembert Dome is visible nearby.  The trail is interrupted with a section over rock and the next trail sign is tucked in behind trees.

After wandering about aimlessly for a minute or two, common sense kicks in and the hike continues over well-used, good path with very modest elevation.

 

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The trail swings around the back side of Lembert Dome.  Beneath the sheer cliff face there is a pristine pond a short way off-trail that is easy to miss.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

A signed and well-traveled spur trail leads to the approach after hiking about three-quarters of the way around Lembert Dome.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

There is no trail, not even a wear pattern on the surface of the dome.  The surface appears smooth but is surprisingly gritty with good 'stick'.  Appropriate footwear is essential even though today's weather is close to perfect. 

The surface of Lembert Dome is smooth, albeit gritty rock with plentiful lichen on the surface.

In the presence of wet and windy weather the surface slopes could become more slippery and substantially more risky. 

In a thunderstorm, lightning over the open surface could be a serious and potentially fatal issue.  On this day, conditions are near perfect and the ascent is straight forward on reasonable grade to the second ridge before keeping left to find the line which will moderate ascent angle as much as possible.

This line proceeds beneath and past the summit to a saddle but provides a reasonable ridge top route to the summit in one single long switchback.

Route possibilities are plentiful within a wide variety of preference and comfort within a personally acceptable level of risk assumption.

 

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Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA Dog Dome adjacent to and below the top of Lembert Dome.

 

Elevation gain from the parking area to the summit of Lembert Dome is 850 ft (259 m) on a round trip route of about 3¼ miles (5.1 KM).

The glacial-polished granite dome is named after Jean (John) Baptiste Lembert who built a cabin nearby in Tuolumne Meadow and raised goats here in the late 1800's.

The 9,450 ft (2,880 m) summit offers premiere views of Tuolumne Meadows and surrounding peaks including Unicorn Peak, Cathedral Peak, Mount Conness, Mount Dana and Mount Gibbs.  The top is characteristically breezy.  Tie down the hat and glasses.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA The final switchback approach to the summit of Lembert Dome.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA360 degree view of Tuolumne Meadows and surrounding mountains.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA Dog Dome below from the summit of Lembert Dome.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

Without a route to follow, the down hike is interesting but something similar to the ascent is utilized with a couple of personal comfort adjustments.

Directly below are a couple of small granite domes on the other side of Tioga Road.  Downside footing is less comfortable than ascent.  Normal.

 

Lembert Dome - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

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