Pothole Dome, Yosemite National Park

Pothole Dome is a granite dome on the West side of Tuolumne Meadows, in Yosemite National Park. The summit of the dome is easily accessible by foot from a parking area on the Tioga Road. The view from the summit includes most of Tuolumne Meadows and in the distance, Cathedral Peak. The dome gives evidence of many of the geologic processes at work in Yosemite during and after the last ice age. In particular, the stranded, rounded boulders from a glacier that has long since retreated, and the water-eroded "potholes" provide evidence of two ways that water can interact with granite.
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  • One of those areas that deserve some time for a nice walk and maybe even go above and beyond this dome. We stopped near this monolith to observe it and then maybe forward inward but the path we did was short but we did still appreciate the whole area.
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  • Right on the western edge of Tuolumne Meadows sits this huge rock face that juts up above the meadows that provides amazing views of the meadows and surrounding mountains. It is a steep climb up to th...  more »

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