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Tuolumne Meadows

tenaya lake and pywiack dome, tuolomne meadows

Situated at an elevation of 8,619 ft (2,627 m) above sea level, Tuolumne Meadows is the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada Range inside Yosemite National Park. Located on the eastern side of the park, Tuolumne Meadows is surrounded by majestic peaks and domes. With the gracious Tuolumne River running alongside, the Tuolumne Meadows presents a splendid view of the Cathedral Range, Lembert Dome and Mount Dana to the north.

There are various attractions around Tuolumne Meadows. Apart from the Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows is also an important destination for hiking and rock climbing. Besides the eleven major domes, the hiking trail across Tuolumne Meadows also passes through several minor domes. The route stretches from the Stately Pleasure Dome to the Lembert Dome on the eastern side of the meadows. All these domes are located at the upper end of the beautiful Tenaya Lake. The months of June, July and August are months when hiking and rock climbing over these domes is permitted. However, this hiking trail is less used than the Yosemite Valley even though the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail pass through Tuolumne Meadows.

Another major attraction in the meadows is the Tuolumne River, that drops over Waterwheel Falls, filling up the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Various mountains of the Sierra Nevada Range are located around the meadows and are usually covered with snow during winter. However, these mountains are devoid of snow from June through October, and are frequently used by rock climbing enthusiasts during those months.

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