Lembert Dome, Southeast Face

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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Lembert Dome, Southeast Face


  • Dawn vista from near the summit of Lembert Dome.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • The Class 3 route climbs the southeast face. - Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • To access the southeast face head east along the dome's base.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • The lower section of the route.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • The middle section ascends a ramp toward a west-facing prow.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • View from the summit of Lembert Dome.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • Dawn view over Tuolumne Meadows, with Fairview Dome (9,728') in center.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • Tuolumne Meadows and the peaks of the Cathedral Range.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • Surise light on Cathedral Peak (10,912').- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
  • Dawn view over Tuolumne Meadows, with Fairview Dome (9,728') in center.- Lembert Dome, Southeast Face
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Quick, direct access to one of Tuolumne Meadow's best views.
Seasonal access when Highway 120 is open.
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
900.00 ft (274.32 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,600.00 ft (2,621.28 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Lembert Dome, the 800-foot tall granite monolith rising above the eastern edge of Tuolumne Meadows, provides one of the best vistas in Tuolumne. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and there’s more than one way to gain the summit of the Lembert Dome.

While the vast majority of Lembert panorama seekers ascend the dome’s northeast shoulder, there’s a much more direct, slightly exposed Class 3 route that ascends the southeast face. The route can be seen from the parking area, requiring a quick off-trail jaunt eastward along the base of the dome for access.

The route entails scrambling up a steeper lower pitch (the crux) to gain a series of benches and ramps that lead to a prominent westward facing prow and excellent viewpoint. Tip: on the lower and middle sections, stay near the trees for the easiest ascent.

From the west-facing prow, an easygoing hop in a northeasterly direction leads to the summit and an even better view. You can either descend the Class 3 scramble up the southeast face or link up with the Lembert Dome Loop by dropping down the northeast shoulder.

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