Lembert Dome and Dog Lake Trailhead

People walk on granite bedrock that curves upward into a large dome.

Quick Facts

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Let the overwhelming views of Tuolumne Meadows' peaks, meadows, and river compete for your attention atop Lembert Dome, then take in the sparkling waters of Dog Lake.

Lembert Dome
The trail climbs through the forest to the bare rock of the dome. There is no trail on the rock. Follow the easiest path for panoramic views of Tuolumne Meadows and the surrounding peaks.

Lembert Dome was sculpted by glaciers, which have filled Tuolumne Meadows many times over millions of years.

Dog Lake
Surrounded by forest, this quiet lake is home to many species including water birds, song birds, deer, and dragonflies. Despite its name, pets are not allowed at Dog Lake, nor on any other trails.

Lembert Dome (moderately strenuous)
3.4 miles (5.5 km) round-trip; 3 hours
850 ft (259 m) elevation gain

Dog Lake (moderately strenuous)
3.6 miles (5.8 km) round-trip; 3 hours
600 ft (183 m) elevation gain

Lembert Dome and Dog Lake can also be combined into a five mile loop hike. For hiking and trail information, please visit a wilderness center or visitor center.

Accessible only while Tioga Road is open to vehicles, from late May or early June to sometime in October or November.

Getting Here:
Begin at the Lembert Dome Parking Area, just east of Tuolumne Meadows Store.

Rules & Regulations:
Stay on established trails
Pets are not allowed on hiking trails
Pack out what you pack in
Bears and other wildlife can be present on trails at any time of the day or night. Feeding and approaching wildlife is dangerous and illegal! Be sure to properly store your food.
Tioga Road closes after the first significant snowfall. Overnight parking on this road ends October 15. For current road and weather information, please call 209/372-0200.

Hazards & Warnings:
Stay off domes during thunderstorms!
Carry (and drink) plenty of water: a leading cause of injuries on the trail is dehydration. Be sure to treat river, stream, lake, or spring water.
Always carry a map and compass, and know how to use them, and wear sturdy footwear with good traction.
Be prepared for sudden changes in weather and conditions.

This trail is not accessible.

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Last updated: April 7, 2021