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Great hike. It was a little longer, but worth every step. The most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. Go early in the morning to be beat the crowds. Brings at least 2 L of water if you’re an experienced hiker. Go all the way to the top! Definitely bring proper gear, food & plenty of water.

hiking
2 days ago

moderate to hard hike..harder on descent then cardio on way up as a lot of shale on trail..where as elevation gain is gradual..thighs will feel it on way down..trekking poles not my thing at this stage..but be sure of footing due to rocks..couple spots trail does somewhat disappear..but not hard to rediscover..fantastic weather for mid November and great views..at summit as well as ridgeline at start along fallen leaf lake..couple smaller lakes along way up for h20..but overall I would rate it moderate..and Jessie hope u were ok on descent..

Challenging hike. Wear proper gear and bring food, and water. When hiking in the fall or winter, start early or you will be hiking in the dark. It can take 5 to 7 hours to complete for an average hiker while taking time to appreciate the views of Lake Tahoe, Fall Leaf Lake and the surrounding evergreen forests

hiking
2 days ago

The toughest I have ever done!! absolutely worth it! Me and friend went during off season when the cables came down. If that's the case please bring safety equipment (carabineers, harness, leather gloves) if you are planning to do the 400 ft. climb along the face of Half Dome. We did not have that equipment so I didn't do it, because safety always comes first! Have a safe hike guys and don't forget to bring lots of water and salted snacks :)

One for the bucket list.

11/4/18 Lovey hike, not a lot of elevation gain/loss. We saw a bear and her cub! Only saw a handful of other hikers.

Great hike! Wear good shoes or boots and enjoy the views. I was glad I wore boots. The trail is rocky as everyone says but is a gradual ascent and not too steep. Our moving time was just over 4.5 hours total, going at a steady, moderate pace. We spent about 45 minutes on top and took many photos along the way. So far, this is my favorite Tahoe hike because of the near constant spectacular views!

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing! I only give it 4 stars because of lack of trail markers! Pay attention and it is so worth it! This has been on my bucket list and very rewarding! Not as hard as I imagined ! Take nuts for the over friendly chipmunks at the top:)

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome hike with amazing views at the top of half dome. I did this as a day hike in November with the cables down. I left the valley at 630 am right as the sun was coming out and I was the ONLY person at half dome. Had the whole place to myself. The hiking by Vernal and Nevada falls is the toughest part. Half dome is easy with a harness, some rope, and some leather gloves. Half dome with the cables down is a much more enjoyable experience, you just have to be more prepared but definitely worth it! Total hike took 9 hours to the top of half dome and back to the valley, the hike is tough and exhausting but with the appropriate rest and breaks it can be very enjoyable.

hiking
10 days ago

The rockiest trail ever!!! Amazing views, friendly hikers and so many rocks. Made soup at the top and took in the views!! Take plenty of water and or filter. A few lakes you can filter water from up there. Also take some snacks and trekking poles. Steep incline that’s hard on the knees after ascending/descending. Saw a chipmunk.

One of the most amazing hikes I have done this season and with the most spectacular views too. I highly recommend this hike if your up in the Lake Tahoe area.

Great hike. Make sure to get out early because it gets busy.

hiking
13 days ago

we did this hike late in October. the trail is very clear even though it's considered to be not an official trail. the distance is short and some times deceives you. the steep climb more than makes up for the length. it's a continuous upward hike with sections of the second part of the climb becoming a scramble. there is a large plateau section after the first half and gives you some time to catch your breath and prepare for the steep second section. it's typical of most holes above 11k , Rocky and changing trail. Cairns on the way show you the trail and help you stay on track. the view on the top is rewarding, mono lake on the background, Dana glacier which was barely there and steep drops. there is a wind protected spring area where the register was kept inside a gladsware box. the summit market has weathered and towards the edge of the cliff, try finding it without some help, very inconspicuous.

the climb down was faster but also very hard on the knees. there loose rocks also make it tricky. no one had talked about AMS on this hike but would like to caution folks attempting this to be very aware. in our group of 12, only 3 made it to the top and almost 6 to 8 of them had middle to high symptoms of AMS. most common is headache. saw couple of guys return without reaching the summit due to this. overall a good achievable 13k+ hike. we started at 930 and finished around 5. start early if you want to avoid getting late.

on Mount Tallac Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely beautiful trail. Yes, there were a lot of loose rocks covering a majority of the trail, but I didn’t think this trail was as hard as some people have described it. Definitely would do it again!

hiking
17 days ago

Certainly a hike for your bucket list. Just make sure that you get your permits in advance. We tried to get ours on 5 separate occasions and never got lucky. In the end, on our last day in Yosemite, we decided to hike up anyway to see how far we would be allowed to go. As luck had it, we ran into a group of other hikers who had 2 extra permits, so we were able to make it all the way to the top. Otherwise, the permit check is just below Subdome, which means is that there are some views to be had even without the permit, however, they are nowhere near as impressive as from the top and you won't even see the Half Dome at all. The rangers check the your permit against an ID of at least one person in the group, so if you don't get lucky with your own applications, you really need to find a group of people who have extra permits - getting a permit from people who get tired and turn back doesn't help.

As for the hike itself, it is not nearly as difficult as I had expected it to be. That said, it does take a better part of the day, so be prepared for it, head out early in the morning and bring plenty of water, especially if going in summer. The cables look scarier than they in fact are - the only annoying thing about them is trying to avoid all the people going in the other direction, especially if you arrive during a busier day.

On the way back, my suggestion would be to take the John Muir Trail between Nevada and Vernal Falls. It might be slightly longer but offers stunning views of Nevada Falls and is also less steep than the Mist Trail - something your knees might thank you for later.

In all, if you have the chance and ability, I really can't recommend this highly enough!

backpacking
17 days ago

Great hike!!! My phone/watch actually tracked this trail closer to 20 miles round trip but it was certainly worth the trek. Camped right next to Thousand Island Lake.

hiking
19 days ago

As others have said, it's a pretty rocky trail. I used my trail running shoes and had no issues. It was warmer than I'd thought it would be, and I could have probably packed more water (there are no places to fill your bottles on the trail). I was glad I didn't bring my dog, though we did see several on the trail, and they all looked very happy. We started at 9:15, got to the summit by 12:45 or so (had a few water breaks in between, and ate for a bit at the op), and got back down by 3. I'd say the actual hiking took us 5 hours, with about an hours worth of stops along the way and at the summit. We saw dozens of other hikers on the trail, but did go for some stretches without seeing or hearing anyone.

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing views from start to finish. Highly trafficked. Very glad I did it, but honestly, I don’t need to do it again. The rocks and steps became quite the mental challenge along with the physical. I’ve done half dome a couple times and Yosemite falls- this was beautiful, but you don’t need to drive yourself nuts to get the payoff of the views. Plus all the people and a couple annoying drones at the top sort of kept me from giving a 5 star rating. Even with all that said- you gotta do it at least once- just take plenty of food & water for 6-7+ hours of hiking!

I love Mt. Tallac. I've hiked it annually since 2013. Just hiked it today 10/27/18. The vistas are phenomenal and the reward at the summit helps you forget all the irritation you've experienced from the ascend. Not gonna lie though, this trail is entirely covered with rocks and loose gravels. After a while it can get really annoying as it makes it that much more difficult to ascend/descend when it doesn't need to be. Be prepare to get your bum kicked for the greatness that awaits you at the top. Head out early and take your time. Wear good shoes, have fun, and be careful.

hiking
20 days ago

hiked 06/22/2018

I am in better than average shape and it was hard, but definitely worth it. trail is rough on feet and dog paws. teenage kids griped less than me, but I was cramping. water alone wasn't enough! Cytomax should have been consumed.

Once at the top,views are comparable to Christopher's loop near Marlette. Enjoyed running into a group of highschool girl graduates with their Dad's from San Jose "Grads with dads"

rock climbing
20 days ago

This is NOT a hike!! It is a CLIMB. The rocks and incline are very difficult to navigate. Labeling it as a hike is very misleading. The views were nice, but you must be fit and have some mojo. This mountain kicked my butt.

Beautiful views of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Peak, Echo Peak and Fallen Peak.

We only did about 4 miles of the trail. Really cool waterfalls. Didn’t think it was hard at all.

This is a pretty tough hike, but well worth it. The view of Lake Tahoe from the top is unmatched. It took us about 6 hours including stopping for lunch and enjoying the view at the top. Excellent scenery all the way up. You will need to be somewhat conditioned to complete this. Don't try this with grandma.......unless of course she is a bad a$$

hiking
24 days ago

generally: moderate distance, moderate-difficult trail, with amazing panoramic views of lake tahoe and surrounding desolation wilderness, best done on a clear day; trail mostly of loose gravel and large rocks making for difficult footing
trailhead: small parking lot with additional roadside parking (no passes/fees)
trail conditions: loose gravel and rock the first few miles, then large rocks/shale the remainder of the way
scenery: views the entire way up, initially in the forest with some views of lake tahoe and fallen leaf lake, pass by floating island lake and cathedral lake and then views of the surrounding mountains and lake tahoe toward the top; aspens with bright yellow folliage currently!
difficulty: hard given difficult footing, considerable elevation gain starting at elevation, took about 5 hours with stops for picture and lunch at the top
saw about a dozen people on the trail on a week day

hiking
24 days ago

Difficult but worth it! Amazing views at the top

This hike is amazing. The views from the top are SO beautiful. One of the things I would warn you about is hiking with dogs. I had both of my dogs with me, both very experienced hikers, and once we summited all the pads on their feet were completely ripped off. I think it was in part due to the rocks being super hot and being so jagged and sharp. Just use caution when hiking with your pups and if you have dog boots bring them!

hiking
25 days ago

Great short hike. Did it over the weekend; started at 0620 and got back down by 0945 (jogged down). The views were phenomenal. Be aware that, as everyone has pointed out, miles 3-8 or so are largely talus or loose dirt with lots of rock.

hiking
25 days ago

I have hiked this trail twice, both times I summited. Bring a lot of water as there are no creeks or any other “safe” sources (people skinny dip in the lakes).

Its a great trail and very scenic. Very fun and not very difficult. It took me about 5 hours round trip, the skies were clear and there were no disruptions. Stay out of the sun if you can as it is pretty brutal in July and August.

For the steep rock section, if you have the energy and are acquitted, I recommend going straight down the face. It is faster and takes a lot less time. Just have “respondent” ankles as I say, make sure your ankles quickly adapt and turn if a rock is loose.

No need for tekking poles or any special skills, just perserverance and water! Have fun and goodluck!

There’s nothing more I can say about the view from the top - it’s outstanding.

However, don’t underestimate the challenge of this trail. I’m relatively fit, and it took me 3 hours up and 2.5 hours down.

I was quite surprised to see the types of people attempting this climb, and their level of preparation. As a minimum I’d recommend:

- Good shoes. Yes, you can do it in trainers, but they don’t offer your foot or ankle any protection, and this is rough terrain
- Suitable clothing. You wouldn’t go to the gym in jeans and a sweatshirt, so why try to do a 7 hour walk up a mountain in them? Hiking pants or shorts, and a wicking t shirt.
- A bag big enough to carry the items below
- A warm layer, and a waterproof one if it may rain. It gets cold once you near the summit.
- A whistle to get attention if you’re hurt or lost
- A torch if you’re walking near sunset or the days are short
- WATER. You need about 3 liters minimum. Imagine you were going to the gym for 7 hours and think about how much you’d drink. I saw people with 500ml for the day - that’s going to hurt!

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