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Holy pain in the butt! Doing this hike is no easy task. The trail gets confusing once you start the scramble to the top, so when all else fails, just keep climbing!

Wow this hike was more than expected. Beauty everywhere. Loved every single point of it. A cute little reservoir, overlook of sandy and the waterfall at the end. The last leg of the hike is strenuous but keep it going totally worth it. Carry loads of water. Bottom line don’t back out. Go do it.

Great hike with great views. we approached from east mesa trail and then hiked into the valley.

hiking
14 hours ago

Love it!!!!! I’ve hiked it 4 times..... my first time at 8 years old...... cables fun!

We started this hike from Coyote Hollow Ct this past Saturday (see our track in recent Recordings). Trail all the way up through Jacob's Ladder is clear and dry. Really not muddy at all. Snow isn't prevalent until just before you get to Mount Ennis. From Mt. Ennis on, it's basically all snow fields. Warm bluebird day and post-holed a few times up to the knees, but the previous tracks helped quite a bit.

We created just the 3rd or 4th tracks up. Snowshoes not needed for this. I would definitely bring microspikes and gaiters though. We stopped about 7.5 miles in at elevation 9,800ft (a daunting 4,800ft net climb) which is where we had the best open views of the cirque. Had we started earlier than 9am, we would've continued on toward the summit.

hiking
21 hours ago

I hiked Half Dome on 04/22/18’ just before the season opens. The weather was perfect and just enough snow on the grown to make for a beautiful scenery. I prefer to go when the cables are down, since a permit is not required and there are minimal people. (A climbing harness is highly recommended if you ascend when the cables are down)

Highly recommended trail. Bring your camera!

Beautiful hike. Fairly easy till the last 3/4 of a mile. Lots of rocks and steep climb.

This is a moderately difficult hike with great pay off at the end.

Great hike! Difficult but not awful. Worth it to go down to the falls. Just watch for the black rope just a ways up after the turn where the sign is.

This trail is tough, but the falls and view of the valley are worth it. The entire way up is a good climb, and the trail is pretty rocky.

hiking
1 day ago

The trail was completely covered with hard pack snow all the way to lower Red Pine. It got a little soft up to the upper lakes but manageable with cleats. The accent all the way to the saddle was steep and sketchy as there were only a few tracks to help stabilize your feet. Still an absolutely beautiful day to be on the trail. All lakes are still frozen over of course but the Ridgelines look amazing under snow. Keep trekking

backpacking
1 day ago

This hike is NOT 3 miles. About 6 to the very top. Beautiful but pretty challenging hike. Spikes are a must right now

Worth the climb. Nice view of the water fall.

Gorgeous hike!

It was ok, it felt like every 15 feet I was walking into someone posing with a photographer friend. So many people doing portraits literally everywhere. It was difficult not to get in peoples photographs and I kept having to repeatedly stop and wait for strangers to finish their portraits. There were even girls taking portraits in the middle of the main road walking the yellow line holding hands. They almost got hit by cars going both ways and then laughed about it. Such a weird experience.

Used Adam's Canyon Trail to get to Adam's Cabin Trail. Very difficult to get to Cabin Trail from Waterfall (Canyon) Trail. We enjoyed the challenge of it as we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. Near the cabin the trail is covered by snow but we were able to use a previous hiker's footprints. Definitely will do it again but will use Adam's Cabin Trail. Missed the waterfall due to high water.

Used Adam's Canyon Trail to get to Adam's Cabin Trail. Very difficult to get to Cabin Trail from Waterfall (Canyon) Trail. We enjoyed the challenge of it as we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. Near the cabin the trail is covered by snow but we were able to use a previous hiker's footprints. Definitely will do it again but will use Adam's Cabin Trail. Missed the waterfall due to high water.

hiking
2 days ago

Good hike, love it.

Hiked this on Thursday. Excellent hike as always, used to do it all the time in the summer. I suggest to take a friend, spikes or a ski pole still, after the bridge it's snowy and slick, especially coming down. Still a beautiful hike.

Beautiful hike! Some bouldering at the end. Mostly dry.

Not well marked. Kept getting lost/confused. My advice: follow the stream the entire way. You’ll be on the left for most of it then there’ll be a bridge taking you to the right side somewhere along the way. AllTrails thinks this trail is longer than it actually is. If you keep looking for a trail by the big waterfall, you’re probably not going to find it xD

love this hike! it's never too crowded but expect a few people around between 10-2. it's a nice work out all the way through.

This hike was amazing but a doozy! Starts off switchbacks, levels out for a bit (mostly) then another set of switchbacks (more intense) before leveling out for the remainder. Layers would be a good idea since the trail goes through various areas of the canyon and isn’t always well lit/warm or vice versa. The view is so worth it!

In my opinion, this hike was better than the crowded Angel’s Landing. You have amazing views and less crowds. It is a strenuous uphill climb, but it’s worth it- and going down is that much easier!

extra rad! obvious advice, but bring layers, you'll probably want to change multiple times while hiking as temps vary drastically through the different terrain of the hike.

trail running
6 days ago

Hermosas vistas de las caídas de agua y de los imponentes bloques de piedra del half dome y de los cercanos. Me tocó mucho hielo en el ascenso por mist trail a Vernada falls la verdad muy peligroso, opté por regresar y seguir por John Muir trail !
Me faltaron un kilometro y medio estimo para la base del half dome, era llegar a tiempo o bien disfrutar sacando hermosas fotos, y esto último fue lo que hice
Muy bueno para tail running mi garmin marco exacto 30 kmts y 1560+
Altamente recomendable

nature trips
6 days ago

Beautiful hike. Did it 2 days ago. We only had hiking boots. Micro spikes would have been helpful. At the time, nobody had reached the bridge in the meadows so it was very deep and unable to cross in just boots.

hiking
7 days ago

Really lovely, more isolated trail. Dogs are not allowed (as numerous signs remind you). We went up 2 miles, to the ridge crossing back into Big Willow. Further on there was more snow than we wanted to deal with on the N facing slope. It is very steep, but mostly the footing (at least one that bottom half) is pretty good.

I’ve done Angel’s Landing, and to be honest, this hike has a way better payoff! I found this hike to be more strenuous considering it’s double the distance of AL, but there are a lot more scenery along the way compared to Angel’s. On the views on the top was breathtaking! Bring a sandwich to enjoy at the top and reep in all your rewards!

Great short run — steep, rolling hills and really steep — everything you need.

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