Dog Lake and Lembert Dome - Hike and Swim near Yosemite Valley, CA
Yosemite National Park, California, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.891312211016604, -119.3395250659122
17.2 miles NE of Yosemite Valley, CA
Address: Yosemite National Park, California, USA
GPS: 37°53'28.7"N 119°20'22.3"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 4.00 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Easiest
Elevation Gain: 800 feet

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The hike to Dog Lake is often paired with the hike to Lembert Dome, because the two are so close in proximity. Each hike by itself is 2.8 miles round trip, but Lembert Dome has an elevation gain of about 800 feet as opposed to Dog Lake's 600 feet. To do both of them together, it's about 4 miles round trip.

Dog Lake and Lembert Dome are in the Tuolumne Meadows area of Yosemite's backcountry, meaning there are tons of surrounding wildflowers and beautiful scenery along the way. Because they are both such short lakes, even when done together, it usually only takes about 1.5-3 hours to complete. It's a great last minute option if you find yourself having some extra time during your trip. The lake is surrounded by evergreen trees, granite mountains, and wildflower meadows.

It's a fairly steep trail, and climbs pretty consistently until it reaches a junction. Turn left at the junction to reach Lembert Dome, where you'll receive an awesome view of Tuolumne Meadows. To reach Dog Lake, continue straight at the junction.

The trail is open as long as Tioga Road is open, which is typically June to November. Remember to stay off the domes during thunderstorms.

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Directions

From Yosemite Valley, CA

  1. Head southwest on Northside Dr toward Cook's Meadow Loop
    Toll road
    (2.9 mi)
  2. Keep right to stay on Northside Dr
    Toll road
    (2.1 mi)
  3. Continue onto El Portal Rd
    Toll road
    (0.9 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Big Oak Flat Road (signs for CA-120/Tioga Rd/Manteca)
    Toll road
    (9.5 mi)
  5. Continue onto Old Yosemite Coulterville Rd
    Toll road
    (344 ft)
  6. Turn right onto CA-120 E
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (40.5 mi)
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Trails

Distance ?

4.1 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-1,135 feet

Real Ascent ?

484 feet

Real Descent ?

1,619 feet

Avg Grade (-3°)

-5%

Grade (-12° to 10°)

-22% to 18%

Distance ?

0.8 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-255 feet

Real Ascent ?

91 feet

Real Descent ?

346 feet

Avg Grade (-4°)

-6%

Grade (-20° to 4°)

-37% to 7%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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