Our “home” base still in Lee Vining and just 20M to the trail head in Yosemite National Park , we took off after breakfast to hike a short hike to the top of Lembert Dome .
Lembert Dome is a granite dome rock formation in Yosemite National Park in the US state of California. The dome soars 800 feet (240 m) above Tuolumne Meadows and the Tuolumne River and can be hiked starting at the Tioga Road in the heart of Tuolumne Meadows, 8 miles (13 km) west of the Tioga Pass Entrance to Yosemite National Park.
Hikers can simply walk up the back side or take the challenging steeper trek up the face starting from just east of the parking lot. Many technical free climbing routes have been put up.
We learned our lesson from yesterdays hike to high altitude where it was COLD,so this time we got prepared and took with us the right gear to face the wind and low temperature expected to be on top of the dom.
The total hike is only 2.8 Miles,elevation gain 900 feet,a steep trail but worth doing as the view is majestic.
We were down exactly right for our picnic and had enough time later to hike towards Lyell Canyon.
Lyell Canyon is a sub-alpine meadow in Yosemite National Park south of Tuolumne Meadows. For 13 kilometers (8 statute miles) most of the canyon has an approximate elevation of 2 700 meters (8,850 feet), and then rapidly climbs to 3 370 meters (11,056 feet) to Donohue Pass – which marks the southern boundary of Yosemite. The valley at the base is relatively flat and wide, following Lyell creek through an open meadow and wooded areas. Lyell creek eventually meets with Tuolumne river.
The canyon is an easy hike from Tuolumne Meadows campground. The John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trailboth route through the canyon. The trail is popular for hikers as an easy way to view surrounding mountains, a waterfall and Sierra wildflowers.
After the cold wind on top of the Dom it was just great to catch a short snuzz with our backs against the warm rocks with the gentle sound of the water making its way down the canyon
Another perfect day in Yosemite , 2 hikes ,picnic , good company and now after a shower ,dinner and a glass of wine I am turning inn….