Lembert Dome Photos – Tioga’s Granite Formation

At the edge of scenic Tuolumne Meadows, you’ll find this smooth, granite mountain overlooking it all. Those driving Tioga Road will notice it on their left, nearby and across the street from the campground. Here are a few Lembert Dome photos I took, from both the road, and also near the campsites along the Tuolumne river.

View from HWY 120, Tioga Rd - Lembert Dome photos
Lembert Dome view from Tioga Rd

It’s a brief hike and climb to the top, but full disclosure: I haven’t made the trek yet.

View along Dana fork, Tuolumne River
Riverside view

Deer Scene – Lembert Dome Photos

One late summer day, I was quite lucky to encounter a young buck (deer) drinking from the river, with the granite formation as a nice backdrop! I stayed with him, and used my zoom lens to get creative with the shots. 

Young deer posing in grass - wildlife portrait
Young deer posing in grass

This wasn’t the first time I saw deer grazing near the river; keep an eye out as you drive through this area. They are quite common here, despite the fact that there seems to be a lot of human activity here.

Some things to keep in mind if you visit Lembert Dome: Bring sunblock, as the hike will be quite sunny and exposed. 


I’m not positive, but I think there’s a very good chance that mosquitos can be quite brutal in this area. I had a traumatic experience with late afternoon mosquitos nearby. I don’t know how these mutant high-country bloodsuckers evolved, but they are basically robo mosquitos! 

In my travels around the world, I never encountered insects that bite you (and hang on) even if you’re moving quickly on the trail! Definitely bring repellant, just in case.

Anyhow, as with all Tioga Road locations, Lembert Dome is inaccessible during winter when the road closes. Bring a jacket if the road has just opened, or if you’re planning a trip anytime from mid September on.

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Photographer Nathan Allen

I’m Nathan Allen, photographer / creator of YosemiteParkPhotos.com (Yosemite Photos) and international travel site I Dreamed Of This. In truth, I lived in San Francisco, New York, & Singapore…but nothing compares to life in the mountains. I share my experiences HERE.