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Pothole Dome, Yosemite National Park

Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Pothole Dome is a granite dome on the west side of Tuolumne Meadows, in Yosemite National Park located at Tioga Road mile marker 18. Near Pothole Dome is Marmot Dome. The summit of the dome is easily accessible by foot from a parking area on the Tioga Road at mile marker 18. 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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  • My four kids (7,9,13,15) loved this! We climbed straight up the side and took some awesome photos on top before a storm scared us away. We easily spent nearly two hours here  more »
  • 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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