I went on an early morning hike before work today. Starting at the Dog Lake parking lot, I hiked up Lembert Dome. 2.8 miles roundtrip with an 850-ft elevation gain in about an hour and a half including the time I spent up on the top and stopping to talk to Yenyen and then Salli afterwards. Everything was still a bit wet from the previous day’s storm, but the dome itself was mostly dry.
So gorgeous and such a great way to start the day. Though, I’ll admit, I had to push myself to actually get out there and do it. It’s a bit of scrambling to get up to the very top of the dome but well worth the effort. The view was breathtaking. And I saw my first pine marten up there.
I don’t think I’m quite acclimated to hiking at this elevation yet (or perhaps I’m just more out of shape than I realize). My long list of future hikes will remedy that soon enough though. I want to try to get back to Dog Lake and Pothole Dome here in the next day or two after work. And then I have a weekend coming up on Wed-Thurs. I think on Wednesday I’m going to hike out to Clouds Rest from Tenaya Lake with a possible detour to Sunrise Lakes. And, if I have the energy afterwards I might check out Lukens Lake because I hear the wildflowers there are exceptionally rad right now. And then on Thursday I want to hike over towards the eastside so I can end up at the Mobil for the live music. I’m thinking of either going up Mt. Dana or hitting the Lundy Canyon or Saddlebag Lake (or some combination). Or maybe I’ll go back to Gaylor Lakes and go all the way up to the top of Gaylor Peak (only made it 2/3 of the way up last time because I got a late start and had to be back for the annual Tuolumne staff photo and ran out of time). So many choices. So few days off.