OverviewThis is the large flat dome just west of Tuolumne Meadows. It is a low angle tourist walkup on the east side, with a steeper west side home to several easy to moderate topropes, and a few other climbing routes.
From the top, there are great views of all of Toulumne Meadows and southwest towards Tenaya Peak.
Getting ThereThis peak is located in Toulumne Meadows in northeastern Yosemite National Park. Reno (RNO) is the closest large airport, from there it is about a 3 hour drive, through the Mono Basin, up into the park, then down into Toulumne Meadows.
Tioga Pass Entrance to Yosemite can be approached along Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and Highway 395. (Open late May/early June through October/November; overnight parking not permitted beginning October 15th.)
See more detailed directions at the page for Tuolumne Meadows - Logistical Center.
Park at the large dirt pullout on the right just past the Tuolumne Meadows gas station/gear shop.
From here, take the nature trail across the meadow. PLEASE KEEP OFF MEADOW. When you reach the slab, veer left to the climbing routes or stay on the trail to the east side of the slab for the walk up. The earlier you hit the slab, the steeper it is. The area directly above where the trail gets to the slab is 3rd class friction.
The trail meets the cliff about 100 yards from the parking lot.
Red TapeMust pay $20 fee to get into the park, other than that, no red tape...
In this area, backcountry permits are required. However, there is no need when visiting Pothole. A 2 minute approach!
When To ClimbAnytime you can get to it, it is good to climb. Toulumne Meadows is high in Yosemite, so check for road closures at the NPS site.
A message board and beta on the climbing routes are available on supertopo.com.
Current road conditions can be found here. Highway 120 is closed through Tuolumne Meadows on a normal snow year from mid-November to late-May.
It is a great summer short climb with the climbing routes available if you wanna get the ropes out.
CampingBest camping is in Toulumne Meadows campground. Easy access to alot of climbs in area, food, cafe, gear shop, guides, suppliers... and beer if desired.
There are bears though.
Online reservations can be made through http://reservations.nps.gov/ from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific time. Reservations may also be made by calling 800/436-7275 (301/722-1257 outside the United States)
Mountain ConditionsCheck the YNPS site for road closures and weather.
Also, you can check conditions at Lee Vining on weather.com. Lee Vining is the community just before heading up into the park from the east side. Conditions in the meadows and on Pothole should be very similar.