Yosemite NP, CA
See the Valley from atop north dome.
Adams delighted in shooting Yosemite Valley–from above. See why on this classic 9.2-mile out-and-back to North Dome and its picture-perfect vantage point 3,500 feet above the valley floor. From Tioga Road, descend the North Dome Trail for .75 mile to Porcupine Creek. Cross the creek, then in just under a mile reach two trail junctions. Go right, then left, to continue south on the NDT. At mile three, detour a quarter-mile on a spur trail to the 20-foot Indian Rock arch. Back on the NDT, continue along Indian Ridge. Stay left at one last wooded junction, then arrive at the big finish: North Dome’s 7,542-foot crown at 4.6 miles. Shot tip: Highlight Yosemite Valley’s expansiveness by filling the bottom third of your frame with granite icons like Half Dome and El Capitan, leaving the rest to the California sky.
Mariposa’s Happy Burger has the Mother Lode Burger (three patties, four bacon strips) and Wi-Fi. happyburgerdiner.com
The Way From its junction with Big Oak Flat Rd., take Tioga Pass Rd. 26.5 miles east through Porcupine Flat Campground to the trailhead on the right.