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trail running
4 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

I've done this hike many times since I was 15. It's always a fun hike but now it sucks that you must have a permit. It used to be a beautiful hike with a lot of scenery and lots of water and water falls now there's minimal water which is sad. Still pretty and enjoyable for those who never been there. Hardest part might be the cables at the top. The whole trail there is maintained and easy with moderate hills here and there. A lot of ppl like to start at 5am but we always leave at 9am and return by 6pm with plenty of time to enjoy the whole hike. Bring snacks, food and water if you've never done this long of a hike before. There's restrooms at little Yosemite and there's a guard at the entrance of the trail there checking permits so make sure you have them or you won't be able to continue. There's shaded parts along the trail which makes it nice during summer.

hiking
20 days ago

One of the hardest hikes I've done in my life, and worth every moment. Wow!

hiking
1 month ago

Hands down my favorite hike I’ve ever had. If you haven’t you should.

hiking
1 month ago

By far my favorite hike I have done. Went when the cables were down and we had the entire summit to ourselves. Car to summit was about 9 to 10 miles (we climbed out to waterfalls, walked around the summit, and did some general exploring along the hike). The views are breath taking and second to none. Would highly recommend this hike to anyone!

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hiking
1 month ago

Scored in the lottery and then had a conflict come up so returned those lottery permits back which gave us good karma as we then scored in the daily lottery for an alternate date. Super fun, super rewarding hike. Didn't even realize how many miles we hiked until we looked at our Apple Watches - time seemed to pass by quickly. The same advice as anyone: bring lots of water and snacks, stay on trail. wear proper shoes and sunscreen. I'm not going to lie, the cables were harder than I had thought. I had an awesome hiking partner that encouraged me to take breaks when needed even on the cables and to catch my breath and that was exactly what I needed. No need to rush - listen to your body especially on the cables. Take breaks and encourage others to do so as well. Everyone on the cables with us were great - we were all taking breaks and motivating each other. It's hard...there are a couple of steps up you have to do while on the cables and for me who is shorter, that was the hardest part of the whole hike...but like I said, breath and be smart and take your time and you will be fine. We started the hike just before 6am and parked right by the trailhead/falls. It was so amazing being in the park while still cool out and no one around. Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls at that time was so peaceful and breathtaking. We didn't need any layers in July - just wore a tank top and shorts the whole way...no poles either. The switchbacks were fine - just like any other hiking switchbacks you encounter. The sub-dome was harder as you are exposed to the sun and tired, but super duper pretty. I took so many photos. Just make sure you eat and drink up before the sub dome but pee ahead of time as you don't wanna get to the top of Half Dome and have to pee - not going to work up there. Then the cables - you see them and you're like "HOLY SHIT" - put on your gloves, drink up, and just do it! It's incredible experience that only a handful of people get to do. Don't rush it...breathe, be smart and you will be fine. Encourage those around you - you guys are all so awesome and at that moment, you are doing something super cool. Go down backwards, high five everyone, look up and say "Hell yeah, we did it!" Then head down for some beers! We did the John Muir Trail down and clocked in around 20 miles total back to the car. I don't remember what time we finished but it was still sunny outside - felt like around Happy Hour time. Yay guys! Have fun! If you have any more questions, I am happy to help - find me at HikerWomen on Instagram. :)

hiking
1 month ago

Christine, Charlene, Cal and I started at 5am from the parking lot. Original plan was to backpack to Little Yosemite Valley, but there was so much people during Thanksgiving weekend that it took a long time to get in the park, find parking, order and eat dinner, that we decided to rest and start early next day. Also because the forecast was calling possible snow and for sure cold weather next night, and didn't want to go through the mist trail with ice. Best for use was to do it as day hike. We took small detour to Nevada Fall where we found a guy that spend the night there because he did have a lamp and was not able to come down. Cable were down but we had harnesses and cords to prusik ours self to the cable, which is much safer than going up when cables are up (well, only if you have climbing experience). We were maybe like 10-15 people on the top (half of them a climbing family). Looking up Half Dome, the left cable 3/4 from top had a snag that could damage your prusik cord, so use the right cable just in case.

Attempted a climb just yesterday and the trail was pretty accessable. there were places where spikes were very useful. On the approach to the final climb snow shoes are required. My buddy brought his but I didn't so we ended up having to turn back. Another hiker on their way down said that he got to the base of the final climb but there was steep ice covered by snow that just slid away so we had to turn back. Those looking to summit this time of year need spikes, snow shoes, and actual crampons / ice axes.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it! My fear of heights was at it’s peak but, I did it!

Once in a lifetime

The most difficult and rewarding hike I’ve ever completed. The views are out of this world! Can’t wait to go back.

on Half Dome Trail

hiking
2 months ago

I went 20 years ago. Ten years ago and I am trying to schedule a trip soon. This is a must for anyone that likes to hike. Incredible views and such a scenic change as you walk. A must!

It’s definitely hard, but so worth it! Take your time.

Only went up to Lone Rock but the view was great there. Just so AllTrails users know, the road is closed for the season about a mile and a half before the trail head, so bear that in mind. Also the trail was quite muddy and slick towards the beginning of the ascent.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike!
You should have some experience to summit especially given the limited light hours in the winter. This trail is able to be done in 5 hours if you are moving quickly. When the cables are down, you do not need a permit to summit half dome, but it is slightly more risky. A few members of our group made it up the cables on December 30th 2017, and then a member from our group went back and re-sumitted on January 9th, even after there had been snow accumulation near the cables (crampons required).

If you are planning to do this on a day hike bring a flash light! I would not want to be stuck in the wooded area at night without a flashlight! Not to mention going down hundreds of uneven stairs without a flashlight is very dangerous.

If you plan to trail run this - Going up may take awhile with crowds, but they tend to thin out the further you go. Coming down is rather easy until you get to the stair section, but easily possible to descend in 2 hours depending on fitness level.

hiking
3 months ago

No permit needed if you hike a day or two before season opening date. Usually starts around mid-late May depending on the weather. Beware the cable won’t be up and ice/snow at higher altitude.

hiking
3 months ago

I was glad I brought my trekking poles because I would not have made it without them. I did this hike by myself 6 years ago at age 62, but only up to the Sub Dome because I was not lucky enough to win a lottery spot. It wouldn't have mattered because it started to snow causing the Rangers to stop anyone beyond that point. But it was the hike of a lifetime which I will never forget and always be glad I attempted.

hiking
3 months ago

One of the most amazing and challenging hikes!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and hike. There is plenty of wildlife to see along the way and awesome waterfalls.
Make sure you bring a water filter or at the least a gallon of water. You will need to get a permit to climb Half Dome. Be prepared to wait for other hikers that have no business climbing Half Dome and holding up the line to get to the top.
Make sure you plan accordingly and check the weather, if there are any storm clouds they close the cable up to the top.

I loved this hike. Very rewarding, beautiful views along the way. Not hard. Very very green in the middle of the the summer. Great escape!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this twice and it was amazing both times. Aim to leave before 5am from Half Dome Village to get to the top before the line forms at the ropes.

This is an amazing hike! Take plenty of water...The final ascent to the summit is difficult, but the views are worth it

hiking
4 months ago

Possibly the hardest hike I have ever done. Did 18 miles loop, starting midnight. It was amazing seeing sunrise peaking out in half dome. The cables can be intimidating.

No snowshoes needed today, but slushy and slippery. Micro spikes used after 9200 feel.

Great hike

Man , tough steep hike the weather was nice , but the wind was really bad the higher up we went

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked up to the top of half some when I hiked the JMT. It was worth every mile to the top. If you wanna do a day hike it’s around 16 mile round trip

hiking
4 months ago

Perfect day to hike Cherry Canyon. It was difficult but worth it. The first few miles are hard but it does ease up.

11/12/17. Extremely difficult. I’d say it’s closer to 14 miles round trip. Look for the stacked rocks to follow the trail plan on making a day out of this 10 -14 hours.

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