Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park

2627 meters. That is the approximate elevation of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Here is the usual Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuolumne_Meadows

After having left the chaos of Yosemite Valley, then using 3 blogs to describe Olmsted Point, I’ve finally arrived at the Yosemite High Country which is accessible by paved road. This is a hiker’s paradise with both day trips available, as well as longer journeys into the park in all directions.

Sadly to say, I didn’t do much picture taking at Tuolumne, but lucky for you out there, there are photos available from my trip there in the early 90s!

Here is a map:

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Source: http://www.mytopo.com/review.cfm

And a closer look at one of the major Rock Outcrops located on the Eastern edge of the Meadows: Lembert Dome

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This hunk of granite is easily accessible from the main road (Highway 120) and is an easy walk, without any difficulty (as long as you don’t pick the side with the obvious shadow!)

Here is a picture of the dome from the highway:

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Notice the Erratic Boulder in the center of the photo. No problem for those who have read my past blog on the subject!

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For you photo-purists, I’ve posted this photo twice in order for you to get the full impact of the surrounding peaks. Cathedral Peak and its distinctive shape, weighs in with 3326 meters and Mt Hoffmann, being the geographic center of Yosemite, with 3309 meters are just two of the many peaks and domes visible from Lembert Dome.

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If you cut along the sides of these 3 photos, then tape them back together with their overlapping edges, then you’d get a panorama looking from southwest to west.

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The same being true with these two shots of Lembert Dome, taken from the nearby Dog Dome.

My trip this time was mainly concerned with traveling from Crane Flat to Glacier Point, then Yosemite Valley, Olmsted Point, finally arriving at Tuolumne Meadows.

Tomorrow (the next blog) will be concerned with my next quest, Mt Dana being the second highest peak in the park.

Here are two parting shots from Lembert Dome:

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Mt Dana at 3181 meters, will be showing me, how ascending this peak twice back in the 80s, was not enough to prepare me for my 3rd ascent, being just a bit older than the last time I did so……

 

 

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