I started off on the loop from the Dog Lake trailhead. I remember this sign from when I started the JMT from here several years ago.
Heading off across Tuolumne Meadows.
Unicorn and Cathedral Peaks
At the base of lembert dome. Lots of climbing routes up this thing, but I'm going the easy way - via trail - today.
At the base of Lembert.
The trail circles around the dome, offering different perspectives along the way.
Typical trail under trees in Yosemite.
And a typical trail sign on Yosemite. I turn towards Lembert Dome.
At the base of Lembert Dome's exposed granite summit.
Once above the trees, some incredible views open up.
Lembert Dome - final approach.
Looking back along the shoulder of Lembert
Dog Dome in the foreground and view to the northeast. Conness is hidden from view. Ragged peak off to the left.
Final bump on the dome. It's a friction slab climb from here. Lots of options for route depending on comfort.
My first marmot of the season! No hikers out today - so I shared the summit with this furball.
Erratic on Lembert Dome summit.
Cathedral Peak from the summit of Lembert Dome.
Clouds were forming over Dana/Gibbs/Mammoth/Kuna Crest.
View towards Lyell. Still some good snow up there.
Unicorn and JOhnson.
See, not faked.
Looking down the ascent route up Lembert. Just follow the seams and scramble a bit.
Looking up the ascent from the base of the final bump.
Next stop: dog dome, the bump on the left. 50 ft lower than Lembert and less scrambly.