North Dome Out and Back
ElevationAscent: 4,760' 1,451 m
Descent: -4,760' -1,451 m
High: 7,600' 2,316 m
Low: 4,030' 1,228 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 53% (28°)
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“A run to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls and out to North Dome for great views of the Valley.”— David Hitchcock
The upper half of the trail is steep and rocky, but the arduous journey is well worth the amazing views you'll be rewarded with at the top. Here you may be surprised by the small size of Yosemite Creek, which feeds this massive waterfall. Use extreme caution when near the creek and remember you are directly above a waterfall. Make sure you take in the views of Yosemite Creek as it plunges over the edge of the North Rim. If it's spring, the roar of the water as it plunges over the edge is breathtaking.
Once you've taken in the view from the precipice, make your way onto Upper Yosemite Falls to North Dome trail to continue your run. You start up a crest and encounter boulders that are worth climbing around on and taking in the views. The trail descends into a forest of white furs and Jeffrey pines before it bottoms out in a red-fir gully. Indian Canyon Creek provides a chance to get water and resupply before you start climbing out of the canyon. Other creeks on the rim routinely dry up, especially in late July and August.
Once you pass Indian Canyon Creek, the trail begins climbing until you encounter the junction with the Lehamite Creek Trail, a trail that leads to Tioga Road. The run continues straight ahead as it climbs, steeply at times, over a ridge and then descends to Royal Arch Creek, another seasonal creek. A series of switchbacks carries the trail to the top of Indian Ridge. At this point, Half Dome looms large in front of you and North Dome is down the hill from this junction with Porcupine Creek - North Dome Trail.
Once you have soaked up the incredible views, turn around and head back the way you came.
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