Place: Yosemite National Park, California
Coordinates: 37.877938, -119.353312
Length: about 3 miles including Dog Lake and excluding the dome's summit
All of my visits to Yosemite in the last few years have been with people of have never been there before. That is, for me it was going back again and again to the same 'must see' places for the first timers. Not that I mind that; any place in Yosemite I'd be happy so visit again and again. I was therefore very happy when the first time visitors whom I was showing around in Yosemite last August asked to go hiking on a less beaten trail.
|Tenaya Lake, 4 miles east of Tuolumne Meadows|
|Lambert Dome/Dog Lake Trail|
|Western Aster, Symphyotrichum ascendens|
|Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel|
My company were walking fast and we made excellent time, stopping only briefly here and there to sip some water or to look at an animal or a plant of interest. The cute chipmunks were a fine attraction to look at!
After about three quarters of an hour we arrived at the trail fork to Dog Lake. I didn't plan going there but t wasn't far away and my company expressed a desire to see the lake so we continued on straight.
It was a good decision to go there - Dog Lake was full to the brim and very beautiful!
|Lambert Dome Trail|
|Tidy Lupine, Lupinus lepidus|
Down below Lambert Dome as we crossed route 120 I took a moment of no traffic and looked at the double Tuolumne Peak that's looming over Tenaya Lake to the west, now hazy in the long afternoon sun rays.
The way back to the trailhead goes parallel to route 120. We walked westward through the lengthening tree shadows cast upon a low, drying High Sierra prairie.
Across the road, high over the tree tops gleamed the bald rock of Lambert Dome, to which we did not make it this time.