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.Work out when and for how long to visit Pothole Dome and other Yosemite National Park attractions using our handy Yosemite National Park route maker app.
Pothole Dome Reviews
Pothole Dome sits on the edge of Tuolumne Meadow near the trailhead for Cathedral Lakes. Stay on the trail, let the Meadow heal, but get out to to the granite and walk up the gentle slope. There... more »
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... more »
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