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3 days ago

Fantastic hike. We followed the directions listed in the description. The views off of WhiteFace were great. This would be a great trail to break up and spend a quiet night in one of the great tent spots we found along the trail.

Hiked from the Valley floor up to Glacier Point to the falls and into Half Dome Village. About a 16 mile hike. The views were spectacular. Hiked on 9/16/18.

4 days ago

Hiked half dome on Saturday after drawing 48 hour permits. We arrived late Friday so hit he trail at 7. The lower portion to Nevada falls was busy but not crowded, good time of year to hike! The hike from Nevada Falls to Sub dome was my favorite. Sub Dome was SO difficult for me, granite switch backs straight up the end of sub dome. Once up sub dome the cables felt easy! I agree with past comments-good grip on shoes and gloves. There were several people sliding down the cables in tennis shoes. Everyone was really nice, encouraging, and communicated really well on the cables! I Loved this hike, although it ended up being 20 miles from the half dome village tents. Hike JMT back down, misty in the dark because we left so late. Headlamps were a good choice! Have an easy dinner ready, you won’t be in the mood to cook!

Great Hike, though very long and difficult! Amazing views of Vernal and Nevada falls, the half dome of course and other landmarks if Yosemite. We started 4:30 AM with the mist trail, which was very challenging. Came back through John Muir Trail, which is longer and has lots of switchbacks. The sub Dome is a very challenging part. The Cables required lots of hand and legs work. be sure to bring gloves with rubber side, for good grip. I had to stop and sit few times going up the cables, I got dizzy and weak. I had to regain my forces every few feet, in the mid section of the cables. Worth the effort! Amazing view from the top. Make sure you take at least 1.5 Gallon of water per person, and good snacks. Enjoy!

If you plan on going on this route be prepared. The north face is considered one of the hardest trails in the northeast. Do some research before going. It is on the Terrifying 25 list.
Other than that, its a great hike. I enjoyed it and was exhausted at the end. The views on the three tops were blocked by trees. The return trip down the south was very enjoyable after the rock slide.

Interesting hike. If you are scared of heights I would not recommend because there are some parts on whiteface where you need to do some free climbing (my dad said he hiked this when he was a teenager 40 years ago and there were ladders but there are NO ladders at all now). We went up whiteface and down passaconaway, completed the whole loop in 7 hours and 48 minutes.. including breaks. We did take a long break at the top of whiteface (maybe half hour to 45 min long). Started at around 11:30ish and finished by 7.. just minutes before sunset! We weren’t paying attention to time at the beginning of the hike but once we left whiteface we sped up to beat the sunset. Also if you have bad knees I wouldn’t recommend unless you have the time to descend carefully and some type of support.

It’s the best!! Night hike is amazing.

11 days ago

Bucket list hike. Plan to hike in the dark early to avoid the crowds. You’ll be so much more relaxed on the cables with less people.

12 days ago

Came back via JMT to save our knees from going down all the stairs on mist trail. Great views at the top. Definitely bring 4-5L of water and some kind of water purification wouldn't hurt so you can top off on the trail. And don't forget to hydrate and eat. I'd try to get to cables as early as possible. We got there around noon and came down around 1 and there was a lot of traffic both ways which made it... interesting.

A friend and I made this a two day trip. Trailhead parking and directions were not entirely clear as we drove right to the Blueberry Ridge trail head. After some deliberation decided that we would park at the Ferncroft parking area 2/10m from the trail head.(this is the right move). We hiked in at 0900 and took our time. Even with the heavy rains the day before there was no water avail until the old Camp Rich site just below the summit loop. We saw a lot of moose and bear sign(picture of bear scratching was taken 10-12 feet from my hammock at Camp Rich). Although the summits are in tree line there are a couple of good overlooks. Camp Rich was a cool little piece of the hill. You can feel some of the care and history of that camp and can imagine many hikers and backpackers having great times and creating life memories. There are 4-5 decently flat sites with a large fire pit and plenty of deadfall. It has been very responsibly used with a solid “no trace” look. There is a pristine water source right at the eastern edge of the camp. To find the camp you will have to pay close attention. As you start to round the northern height of the clockwise loop, you will see the first ascent trail to Passaconway. Just before that left turn is a small stream running across the trail, back up from the stream about 20 feet and look north(left) to see a clearing and a lightly tread path into the clearing. Once in the clearing the path will lead you NW about 20-25 yards to the campsite. It was beautifully silent all night, no highway or road noise, with just the occasional jet wash overhead. BRING A BEAR BAG! To really up the seclusion and very lightly used trails we choose to bypass Diceys Trail and take Walden Trail to Wonalancit Ridge Trail. We where very happy with the choice as it was obviously very infrequently used. Great hike, great company, awesome. In summery if you are in it for the big bold summit views, not here. But for nature, seclusion, and very light traffic, you will love this hike.
Say hello to Lip the “fungi” on the Walden Trail (see photos)

Perfect weather for this loop on Sunday. Views are pretty limited. If you like extended exposed views, this is not the best hike. Managed the full loop with my 4 yr old lab in about 5 hours. He loved it. For those with dogs, the Blueberry Ledge trail was bone dry. There was no available water until the Rollins Trail just before heading up the final ascent to Passaconaway.

worth every step. bring gloves, lots of water, and a water filter because you may still run out of water even if you pack a lot.

Hiked it in 2010. Proposed to my now-wife at the top. She was cursing me most of the way up, but the view cemented the deal. It’s one of the most beautiful views on the planet, and boy do you earn it. Recommendations: Start early (before 5am). Cooler, less crowds, earlier time to top means longer stay. 6 is too late. Bring lots of water. Seriously. Bring bandaids and catch blisters early. Bring gloves. Probably won’t need your own as there’s a pile at the base of the cables, but just in case, ‘cause you 100% gonna need gloves on those cables. Bring the right food. Be forewarned. When you’re at the top, basking in the glow of your amazing accomplishment, remember you still have 8 miles to go back. And no, going downhill doesn’t make it easier. My legs were on fire for 3 days afterwards. But so worth it.

Did this hike September 7th with my daughter. We started out of half dome village at 5am and we’re back to half dome village by 6. Beers tasted amazing lol Great work out and Great views. You must not be afraid of heights and be in pretty good shape . Met very cool people on the trail. Even if you don’t do the cables the views are amazing before you get to the park ranger who checks for permits. It was a Great adrenaline rush .Trail was very dusty and I would recommend bringing a bandanna. Lots of steps . Bring plenty of water at least 5 liters. Great Job Kelsie !!!! Proud of you

My wife and I hiked this loop with our dog and we found it tough but rewarding.

Great hike on a dry day. The last 1/4 would be hard to do if it was wet or winter. Will do this one again!

The view from Bondcliff is in my opinion one of the most magnificent in the Whites. The only possible negative would be the long flat approach. Miles of abandoned logging railway could be monotonous, if you only focus on the peak. You could bike the first 3 miles, many people do. A short excursion, at the first river crossing, to Franconia Falls is worth the time if you can spare it. Once off the railway check the weather. The gradual incline up the ridge is marked by many river crossings and trails that become fast moving streams with no alternative to avoid wet feet during a downpour. Not dangerous, just bring a change of socks. The final climb is a relatively easy, non technical, rock scramble. The reward is more than worth the effort. If you plan on camping, there is currently a zealous black bear which has been damaging equipment. With the fall coming, he is likely to become more of a nuisance, so make noise and use the bear boxes, or hike in to 13 falls or Guyot, no problem at these. Also the bridge at the 3 mile point, spanning Franconia Brook is I believe ‘technically ‘ closed. It is still functional but at some point you may need to find another way to cross.

16 days ago

Loved this trail until SubDome. Bring 4-5L of water. Was shocked how many people ran out on the way down. Plan to summit before 1 pm - it gets very busy.

17 days ago

Amazing views! We were 4 women of different ages: 15,20,29,37 and we got to where the cables start from Half Dome Village in 4.5 hours. We are in pretty good shape, that being said this hike was tough! Unfortunately a black thunderstorm settled above us just as we were going to start the cables and we decided not to take the risk (life is too big of a risk!) if you can get permit, do it! One recomendation is to start early, from what we heard you would have less chance of storms coming in the afternoon. Enjoy!

19 days ago

Amazing view! Good workout.

19 days ago

Did this hike 08-29. Started off in Yosemite Village and made our way up to Vernal, Nevada Falls. At the fork, decided to complete Clouds Rest first. On the way back, saw that we have enough energy to tackle Half Dome as well. We averaged at about 25miles of hiking in one day with over 8,000ft elevation gain. It was certainly a challenge, but felt extremely rewarding.

Long and challenging, but beautiful, hike. Our ascent up Blueberry Ledge was fun, and somewhat quick. 3 hrs from parking lot to Whiteface summit (we stop for breaks, too). There was some more ~technical~ climbing up big boulders, but nothing we (or some dogs) couldn't handle. Socked-in summit at Whiteface, which cleared up as we moved on to Passaconaway. The traverse from Whiteface over to Passaconaway took about 3 hrs, and we elected to explore the view spur, which was a nice treat after no views pretty much all day! Our descent was wicked quick. We covered 4 miles in an hour and a half, a record pace for me and my partner. All in all a great day, 8:45 total time.

21 days ago

You can quit when hiking up but you can’t quit on the return :)

I made it to the top about 5 days ago. Be prepared for a very rigorous and very long hike. Don’t even get excited until you get to the final rest area two miles down from the base of the cables, because you’ll still have a LONG way to go. People who did not train or were not in shape were miserable and I saw several people turn back because it was too hard. Make sure to bring a lot of water, about 1 gallon should do, and wear appropriate hiking shoes. Wear bug spray too because there are a couple of spots that are quite heavy with mosquitos. Once you reach the top make sure to have your permit and your ID, it would be a bummer to get turned around at that point. After the permit check you have to take a breath and then don’t overthink it- just start hiking. It’s very scary, because you’re right on the edge of the cliff climbing the rocks on a narrow stairway/path. Then once you see the cables right in front of you, it’s extremely intimidating and I saw multiple people turning back at this point, but don’t! Just go for it because it’s not as bad as it looks. Just wear very good shoes with grip and bring some good gloves to grip the cables. Once you get to the top it’s absolutely amazingly worth it.

I was not expecting so many dogs on the trails. Lincoln Woods is like a dog park trail which gets a five star rating from Bring Fido. The Bondcliff Trail 25 % of the hikers had dogs and where planing to camp at Guyot with them. I have hiked over in Mount Washington area and and have never encountered so many dogs. The dogs paws get shredded on the rocks and the dogs ruin the hiking experience for me. I don't like to hike ten miles and have dogs running around the summit barking at one another and barking at me.. I normally would drink the water on the way but with dogs defecating on the trail and in the woods near the rivers it ruins the drinking water. So if you have a dog five stars to drag him up the mountain. Two Stars for the non dog hiking population as it appears like a heavily used dog park. Very poor policy for such an incredible area.

Good luck

nice trail with limited views. the trail is very well maintained.

Go during the spring when the waterfalls are massive! Can be a very crowded hike on the weekends

If weather permits, you have to ascend via the north slide. It’s challenging but the views are breathtaking. You can see all of Waterville Valley from the exposed section of the slide. Bring a buddy if you can because it’s very difficult and can be very dangerous if it’s at all wet.

My legs were definitely not in shape for this challenge. All the boulders made my ascent and descent very slow. If you have sore knees to start with, Mt Madison is not for you. The views are breathtaking!

Did it yesterday .. Terrific hike but a very long hard strenuous hike...Started very early around 4 am .. great hike up Mist trail is very steep climb on rocky steps to Vernal falls and then onto Nevada falls about 2 to 2 1/2hrs up ( Be prepared to take a head mounted flash light for hiking early and be careful on your step when hiking up to Vernal falls from the bridge as during spring and summer till July the falls are reasonable full and u will get wet and the steps may be wet too so be careful and carry a waterproof light jacket or a poncho) and then some rocky trail further up after which the trail flattens with a good trail for about 1 mile after which u hit the switch backs which is about unending rigorous long for about 2 Miles when u hit the steps where a ranger will be there to check ur permit.. Make sure the group leader of ur group has the permit and an ID..Make sure to take rest here and also hydrate urself and reenergize as the steps are very grueling up the sub-dome. You r essentially walking straight up on the rocks with barely 1 way traffic steps . Some areas do not have any steps particularly the last part of the sub-dome hike where u see the people up there and just walk up the rocks. Once you reach up u see the half dome and the imposing hike up the cables many be be turned down just looking at it.. I was.. another point do not do not climb up if tit is s raining or signs of rain or sign of clouds and lightning... it is a no no to climb up...but once u start ur cable hike up the half dome it does not seem as difficult... but key to hiking up is take good rest before ur hike up, hydrate well, make sure u do not have fear of heights, make sure u have garden latex gloves which will do an amazing job , make sure u feel energetic, need good upper body strength, hike up sideways or holding both cables, have good footing on the rocks, hike up from each wooden slat to another when it is empty, keep ur foot on the wooden slat, key is hold onto the cables well, concentrate only on to the next pole or wooden slat on ground, do not worry about anything else, there are 68 poles up and u will be fine while coming down keep firm footing and hold one cable tight and hike down with ur back facing Down or holding both cables and hike down facing up with ur back down, keep a firm footing and let the hands tight on cables but Just enough to slide down to the next pole and wooden slat.. again concentrate on the next task that is getting to the next slat... you will be just fine... once u r down the half dome and on the top of sub dome take rest and hike carefully down the steps ... down the sub dome... then have a great hike back to the. Valley.. if u r late coming down to Nevada falls,, say around after 6:00 pm on a summer day then just hike down John Muir trail as it is good kinda paved trail down unlike the Mist trail which is very rocky..in any case will not recommend going down Mist trail from Vernal falls down to the vernal falls look out bridge when the falls are full in spring and early summer till July as the steps can be slippery.. In the end this hike is a strenuous hike and u have to be in decent shape ....Bring atleast 4-5 liters of water or other forms and enough protein bars...Have a fantastic enjoyable hike..

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