Puppy Dome Photos – A Hidden Climbing Wall

This is a little known climber secret tucked away near the wilderness center, and along the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River. While hardcore climbers have various faces and sections they prefer, hikers can also make the trek to the top. Here are some of my Puppy Dome photos, both from the top, and looking down on it from a distance.

Puppy Dome photos - From above
Puppy Dome From Above

I found a small turnout along the road, and hiked up off the beaten path. This way I could get a unique perspective looking down on the dome from above. I wonder where the name “Puppy Dome” came from? If you happen to know, please contact and let me know!

Closeup Of the Top - portrait
Closeup Of the Top

If you’re going to do the (super quick) trek directly to the dome, be sure to bring a bathing suit. Right at the base, there’s a photogenic little waterfall and emerald swimming pool, directly on the Dana Fork of the Tuolumne river. This really is a great place to take a dip on a warm summer day, and you won’t experience the crowds like you will at some more famous spots nearby.

Dana Fork Pool & Waterfall - A nice Swimming hole
Dana Fork Emerald Pool

Puppy Dome Photos – Sunset

Setting sun over Yosemite peaks - Puppy Dome photos
Setting sun over Yosemite peaks

I arrived in late afternoon, and did the easy climb to the top just in time for sunset. As you can see, Puppy Dome isn’t particularly high, but it does provide a nice little view. Overall, it’s an awesome little excursion for those camping in the sites nearby.

Granite rock texture with sunset
Granite rock texture

By the way, keep an eye out for wildlife in this area as well! I saw a deer grazing by the river during my visit. A nice addition to some already beautiful riverside scenery.

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About Me

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.