As the straightforward name implies, Dome Rock is a large dome… made of rock. The granite dome offers easy-to-reach views of Sequoia National Forest and Golden Trout Wilderness. A short dirt road ends alongside the 400-foot tall, 800-foot wide protrusion. From there, a quick trail takes hikers to the top.
Dome Rock is similar to other granite domes common the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These rocks are favorites for hikers because of the wide views their open surfaces are able to offer. Half Dome in Yosemite National Park is probably the most well know example, but dome fans will also love Sequoia National Park, where Moro Rock, Beetle Rock, and Sunset Rock are all located in close proximity to each other.
The view of the Needles from Dome Rock
Once atop Dome Rock, hikers may walk out as far as they dare on the eastern edge and have a look down. The granite curves away and disappears below, making the sides of Dome Rock popular with climbers. For another perspective, visit Needles Lookout. This 5-mile hike delivers even better views. South of Dome Rock, Trail of 100 Giants offers another popular and easy excursion. No fee or permit is required to visit Dome Rock, so get out and enjoy!
Looking down the eastern slope of Dome Rock
To get to the trailhead: From Quaking Aspen Campground, drive south for 3.5 miles and turn east off the Western Divide Highway on Forest Route 21S69. There will be signs for Dome Rock at the intersection. Drive up the road a short distance to the parking lot at the base of the dome.
Trailhead address: Forest Route 21S70, Sequoia National Forest, Springville, CA 93265
Trailhead coordinates: 36.06805, -118.532107
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