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1.4 miles

Elevation Gain

350 ft

Route Type



Added by Bianca Isidro

From Turtleback Dome you can get all the views of the Yosemite Valley that you would at Tunnel View without the crowds.

Turtleback Dome will provide you with views of southern Yosemite and the Valley in a less crowded area. This hike on a service road is relatively easy with a slight elevation gain over the entire 0.7 miles.

To get to the Trailhead, take Wawona Road north towards the valley. Use the referenced point on the map as a guide because the entry to the service road is easy to miss. There isn't any trail parking, so you'll have to stop at one of the pull offs found on Wawona Road. There is a pull off right before the service road on the right side of the road.

Once parked, walk up the service road and past the gate. You'll follow the road as it winds up the hill. Follow the trail as it winds to the left of a radio tower, to the right of a large boulder and then onto a granite slab. At the end you'll be able to see Yosemite Valley and the southern part of Yosemite.

And because this trail is rarely visited, you can catch a sunset over the mountains without any crowds.

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