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Pothole Dome in Tuolumne Meadows


Pothole Dome and River Trail.

The Pothole Dome and River Trail are undoubtedly one of the most under rated jewels of the high sierra back country located in Tuolumne Meadows.

The fact that this feature is one of the most accessible hikes in Yosemite will amaze those who actually hike it. Not so much for its beauty and loveliness, though in my mind it is one of the most awesome places in the park, but for the fact that is gets so little use.

It is a path less traveled and it is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in the Sierra Nevada’s.

Pothole dome shaped by glaciers is crowned with erratic boulders. It’s face lite by the sunlight both seems to absorb and reflect an ethereal glow prompting John Muir to call the Sierra’s the range of light.

Composed of plutonic rocks born deep within the earth for a hundred million years it fed volcanos like Vishnu both creator, nurturer, and destroyer. A dance across the epochs to a time and place embraced by the elements that have shaped, polished and textured this iconic feature.

Pothole dome is more then a monument to creation it is a gateway to one of the most scenic river valleys anywhere on earth. You’ll not want to miss this unique and uplifting Yosemite experience.

A picture is worth a thousand words, enjoy.