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Indian Rock Trail

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A short hike to Indian Arch and then on to Indian Rock.


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0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

8,446' 2,574 m

High

8,123' 2,476 m

Low

329' 100 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

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Family Friendly Indian Rock is an easy trail from Porcupine Creek to Indian Rock. It offers great views of Half Dome and the surrounding countryside.

Tioga Road east of Crane Flat and west of the Tioga Pass Entrance Station is closed in the winter and spring until the road is cleared of snow. You can check road conditions at nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/… or by dialing 1-209-372-0200, dialing extensions 1/1. Access in the winter can be obtained by hiking up Snow Creek Trail and then to Indian Rock.

Description

The trailhead is most easily accessed by taking the North Dome Trail for 2.7 miles from the Porcupine Creek Trailhead on Tioga Road. Turn northeast (left) at the Indian Rock sign to begin climbing the trail.

The trail climbs steeply for .3 miles to a high point on Indian Ridge where Indian Arch sits. This granite arch is a rarity in Yosemite, and is believed to be the only natural granite arch not only in the park, but in all of the Sierra Nevada. While sandstone arches are fairly common, granite arches like this are much more rare as the granite underneath the arch has to fall way instead of being eroded. The arch offers the opportunity to climb around and take in views of the surrounding area. Half Dome and Glacier Point are all viewable from this vantage point. It's about 20 feet wide, and 1.5 feet thick at it's thinnest point, so climbing on it isn't recommended. It's a great point to relax before either returning the North Dome Trail or continuing onto Indian Rock.

After you have finished climbing around, return to the trail and continue hiking about .5 a mile up Indian Ridge to it's north end where you'll find Indian Rock, a key point in the 1864 Yosemite Park boundary. The trail becomes more difficult as you go, with bushwhacking and scrambling being required to reach the summit, which is actually 2 small domes. Most people hike to the arch and then return to the North Dome Trail, so there won't be many people on the trail beyond the arch. Follow the same path back to the trailhead to return to your vehicle.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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David Hitchcock

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Photos

A view of the granite arch on the Indian Rock Trail.
Jan 24, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Granite Arch where the rock beneath the arch fell away.
Jan 24, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Granite arch on the Indian Rock Trail.
Jan 24, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Looking thru the arch at Halfy
May 3, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Indian Arch.
Jan 28, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
View of Half Dome from the arch on the Indian Rock Trail.
Jan 24, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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Aug 27, 2019
Lucie Daniel
Avec Papa et polo
Jul 24, 2019
Sophia Barwegen
Jul 5, 2019
Chi Zhang
Oct 12, 2018
Lila Bellucci
Sep 12, 2018
Jeff Stroud
Jun 4, 2018
Mike Aspiras
Easy climb 0.5mi
Aug 18, 2017
Trent Smith
Jul 1, 2017
Anne Travels
Mileage is RT just to Indian Rock from Porcupine Creek Trailhead. This is so worth the extra mileage off the trail to North Dome! 7mi