Mount Dana and Lembert Dome
September 10, 2017
I was headed home through Yosemite after a longer backpacking trip in the Easter Sierra and decided to use the occasion for some short hikes to break up the drive. I identified a few peaks to climb that weren’t too far off of Tioga Road: Mount Dana, Lembert Dome, and Mount Hoffman.
At 13,057, Mount Dana is the second highest peak in Yosemite. Despite the high elevation, it’s a relatively easy hike to the summit on a combination of maintained and use trails. I had already hiked it a few years earlier, but figured it was worth a repeat.
Lembert Dome is just north of Tuolumne Meadows and rises almost 1,000’ above the meadows for a great view of the Cathedral Range. There are two trails up and down, so one can make a loop hike to the summit of this peak.
Mount Hoffman lies just north of May Lake and rises to 10,850’. The route to the summit is an easy 2 miles on trail from a bit below May Lake.
After picking up some water and a snack from The Mobil, I headed up Tioga Road to get started.
5.3 miles, +2,900’
The view of Gaylor Peak and Mount Conness from about a third of the way up Mount Dana.
To the west is the Cathedral Range.
As I climbed higher, some views opened up to the southwest as well, Kuna Crest and Mount Lyell and Maclure are visible in this direction.
The summit of Mount Dana high above. This is the view about halfway up.
The view from the summit looking north. Large Saddlebag Lake is visible, as are many of the surrounding peaks all the way up to the Sawtooth Range on the boundary between the Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite.
Looking south over Kuna Crest to Mount Lyell and Maclure, including a nice view of the Lyell Glacier. Banner and Ritter are just poking out at the left too.
After a short rest and some pictures I headed back down to the car.
3.9 miles, +900’
I drove down to Tuolumne Meadows, parked at the base of Lembert Dome, and headed off up the north trail to the top.
After a couple of miles through the forest, I came out on the summit ridge of the dome. There’s some fun easy scrambling in places on the way to the true summit from here.
The view of Tuolumne Meadows and the Cathedral Range from the summit of Lembert Dome.
I went back down the way I came and was back at the car in 45 minutes round trip.
I pulled over to take some pictures at Tuolumne Meadows, as I could see both of the peaks I had just climbed from the meadows.
While I considered adding Mount Hoffman as well, that would have pushed my arrival home from 7 or so until 9 or so. I decided that I had already broken up the drive enough and should just head home. So, that’s what I did.