North Dome & the Natural Arch Day Hike

August 23, 2014

North Dome’s position directly across Tenaya Canyon from Half Dome offers outstanding views of Yosemite’s most iconic rock formation. Perched right above Yosemite Valley, over the confluence of Tenaya Canyon, Merced Canyon and the Valley, North Dome is one of the finest viewpoints in Yosemite. The exhilarating day hike starts near Olmsted Point, up to Indian Ridge, where one of the few natural arches in Yosemite sits, then to the summit of North Dome. You will find the views from North Dome beyond spectacular. The group will meet in Tuolumne Meadows on Saturday morning and carpool to the trailhead.

Experience package includes camping Aug. 22–24 at Tuolumne Meadows Campground plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Tuolumne Lodge Aug. 22–24. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. 

Hiking: Moderate–challenging; 8.8 miles round-trip
Elevation: 8,100'–7,540'
Experience package: $99
Leader: Michael Ross
Micheal Elsohn Ross, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Michael Elsohn Ross

Michael Elsohn Ross has led Outdoor and Custom Adventures for Yosemite Conservancy since 1977. He is the award-winning author of 42 books for young people including “Baby Bear Isn't Hungry”, “The Happy Camper Handbook”, “The World of Small”, and “Snug as a Bug”. He teaches children’s book writing workshops and is a popular speaker at schools and conferences around the world. Michael is passionate about sharing Yosemite’s diversity to newcomers and long-time park enthusiasts. He lives with his family near the park in a home overlooking the Merced River.