Lady Franklin Rock

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Ever hear of Lady Franklin Rock?  It sits a little upstream of the Vernal Fall Bridge and gives a view of the fall. Here’s the 4-1-1. Turns out the wife of a lost English Arctic explorer named Sir John Franklin visited the park in 1863. People were sympathetic to her quest to find the reason for his death. This rock was named for her. She used to sit on it and comtemplate life. Where exactly is it?  It’s pretty much of a mystery to me. This is a Carlton Watkins shot titled “Lady Franklin and party at Moss Rock.” Moss rock??  Now I’m really confused.



 This undated old photo is only captioned “taken from Lady Franklin Rock.”  Click to enlarge.



Anyone know exactly where this mystery slab is? Usually the river is engorged with water and I can’t figure where it is to get these views.  A tip of the hat to Domer Norman S. for shaking the beehive on this topic.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success; if I persist long enough I will win.” – Og Mandino 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. mrhalfdome says:

    Wise guy…. click – bang… to the moon Alice!

  2. I think they’re both about 1/4 mile from Deutsch Dome.

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