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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 :)

Don’t miss the magnificent views here! And don’t be scared by the 252 feet—the elevation gain is less than that.

Mind blowing Forrest! Those giants are impressive!

hiking
3 days ago

MGT is the road to the top. Plenty of side trails to use if you want. 4mi to the top and crowds thin after the main area. View at Wawona Point is worth it if you have 3hrs for the up & back plus pics along the way.

Nice hike but only 4 stars as the falls have dried up until snow melt in late spring. I’ll be back then.

Incredible hike! I would do this again although I wouldn't try to be daring due to the recent death that was on the news about the Indian couple Vishnu Viswanath and Meenakshi Moorthy in October 2018. Thinking back, I even walked down inside a fissure that seemed to have solid grounding underneath between the rocks but I would not attempt that again. This place is so remarkable, you can spend hours taking photos.

Always a good trail, family friendly, fantastic perspective of Half Dome.

One for the bucket list.

Short easy paved trail. The waterfall was non-existent this time.

Did the upper falls and Yosemite point hike In one go. I found the hike to the falls to be moderate at best, totally doable but don’t underestimate. Bring enough water and start no later than 9am.

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.

Beautiful morning walk with two bear sightings, both with one cub. Easy trail and only one bottle of water required. We walked from the Upper Pines Campground. Mostly shaded but some sun to warm us as we came back the loop trail.
Highly recommend.

It was a wonderful hiking. The best part is after the California tunnel, where the crowds stop hiking. We saw many dears on the way back, around 6pm.

Yosemite's oldest trail (and it shows). The granite can be slippery at times, and even if it was bone dry, we witnessed many stumbles.
At this time of the year, there wasn't any water, so... instead of Yosemite Falls, it was more like Yosemite Walls. Nevertheless, it is a breathtaking (figuratively and literally) hike. It's worth going the extra mile and hiking from Yosemite Overlook to Yosemite Point. The round trip departing from the Yosemite Lodge bus stop and back was 8.2 miles with a 3,386 elevation gain. Worth every step.

A fabulous trail, once again. It’s a strenuous uphill at the start with a mild dip in the middle then back upwards, continuously. The views are great but at no time was the heights a concern to me. There was a bit of traffic coming down. 2 hrs 10 minutes up and 1 hour 35 minutes down. Down was easier than expected. Lunch at the top was amazing.
Take water ! 2.5 litres per person and that’s for November with great weather, that we had.
Highly recommend.

This trail was rated moderate, but frankly, it was tough. I'm in good shape and I was tired and my quads were hammered by the time I finished. An amazing view from the top. This is a great hike. Just be prepared for a workout.

I did this hike earlier this year and kicked my fat old arse to say the least. Basically you can break this hike into three parts, the first third is a set of switch back hike that is moderately steep and a mix of dirt and granite stone (about 60% stone). You'll get great views from here and you're just above treeline, giving some very nice views. I'd say that about 40% of the folks I hiked up with turned around here, but really you should do the at least part of the next section if you ask me.

The 2nd 1/3 is a gentle set of twitch backs that take you to near the bottom of the 2nd falls. The view along here is mostly of the higher/2nd falls, which is better then the lower section of the falls if you ask me. i would generally tell people who are not up to doing the complete hike, to do this section too, as it fairly easy trek and of course the views are worth it.

The last 1/3rd is a very tuff section and exhausting to say the least. This mostly hard rock granite rocks that are also a nice incline, so be careful here as it's easy to slip and end up on your arse. If you have hiking polls, you should make full use of them here. Keep your eye on the right side of the trail because the left side. The left side is Eagle's Peak and higher than the Falls side, this gives the impression that you have to hike even higher then you really are hiking (I hope this makes sense). You end up about half mile behind the falls and you'll then trek across solid granite to get back to the falls itself.

The views are great from here, but also, if you do this in any other season other then Summer the sun is south of you and getting good photographs of the south side are kind of blah. Lesson learned to say the least. After I ate my lunch I trekked down to guard railed ledge and took it all in. I then trekked over to the stream/river and soaked my feet as I exhausted. While I started the climb around 9am, I didn't up to the top till about 2pm, so I turned around at 3 and started down.

The trek down, was painful. I think I was oldest and fattest person I ran into that day, so all that steep granite rocks you have to use on the first and last 3rd took toll on my body to say the least. It also took me longer than most folks as I found I had to take much smaller steps to keep from ending up on my big butt. I ended up having to do the least 30 minutes of the hike in the dark too, thankfully I brought a flashlight along. Also in the last 1/3 of the decent the trail filled up with a lot of folks coming down (all in much better shape then me). So that slowed me down too as I kept having to get out of the way of the folks behind me (I'm glad I did, nothing worse then getting stuck behind a slow poke like me).

I'm super glad I did this hike, though for me, I won't ever do it again.

hiking
12 days ago

In all honesty, this is nearly as easy as the Taft Point Hike, just slightly longer. I'd suggest doing Taft first, then follow this up in the later afternoon so you can catch the magic hour on the dome itself.

The hike starts from the same point next to the road as Taft Point does. You'll find a porta potty, so go if you need too. You'll also need to bring a bottle of water with you. The trail as a whole is mostly dirt, with some small rocky sections. It isn't flat, but it really climb or a decent either. As you get closer to the Dome, you're gonna wonder, well, how the heck do get up onto that? Well, keep to the trail, it circles back behind the dome and you'll scramble up it from the east side where it's actually pretty gradual climb (you'll need zero rock climbing skills here. You're at one of the highest points in the park and you can see for miles in each and every direction from up here. Soak it in, enjoy it, it's the best and sooo much easier then climbing Half Dome too.

I brought along a flash light for the hike back to my car once the sun went down, great hike.

This is a nice little hike from the road, I did this one first after driving 4+ hours to Yosemite and it was good way to start great weekend. I't just slightly more than a mile each way, so carry a bottle of water with you. It is really neither an up hill or a down hill trail either, nor is flat. It's small section going slightly up or down till you get close to edge, then the last 300+ feet of the trail is downhill till you get Point. Most of the fissures are to the east (right hand side), so take a little time to view these before making your way out to the point. At the point, you will find 2 over looks, one on the east with some old guard rails, and one to the west without guard rails (where the couple fell off a week or two ago). If you're doing this as group, have someone stay at the guard rail overlook with a camera, while your friends visit the other overlook, you'll get great photos here. Take turns too so everyone get's a photo on the west overlook. Of course, don't fall off and ruin your weekend.

The trail back starts off as uphill, but then is just slight up and downs till you're back at the road. While you won't find water here, you will find a set of porta pottys if you need to go.

This is great trail! But the mileage is way off, especially if you include Eagle Peak. I clocked it as closer 20 miles round trip from the valley floor. Don’t skip Eagle Peak!

This is not really a hike. There are several viewpoints that are easily accessible. Everything is paved and secured. There are many tourists present at any time.

The view, for example, of the Half Dome, is still breathtaking!

I always start my trips to Yosemite with this hike, and it’s the perfect warmup to more strenuous ones in the park. When you first arrive at the trailhead, it splits - I recommend taking the dirt path instead of following the road, which is more for the bikers and strollers. This trail is relatively easy and flat. The views once you reach the lake area are gorgeous (and even more stunning in the winter). Most of the crowds stop there, but I like doing the full loop. There are restrooms available too. There’s also plenty of wildlife that still passes through here despite the crowds (including bears and bobcats).

The hike is easy enough and the views are amazing, just stay away from the edge!

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike with spectacular views once you're at the top! And don't forget to check out the old dead jeffrey pine, it was a great moment for me up there, thinking of how Ansel Adams took that wonderful photo when the pine was alive. I had Sentinel Dome all to myself, going the end of October early in the morning!

on Taft Point and The Fissures

hiking
16 days ago

Easy hike and view was amazing!

It was beautiful! Not very difficult, well worth seeing again.

1 star just so that you notice; views are breath taking and the hike is easy. It's a 5 star hike.

But, I lost 2 of my friends from the edge of the cliff Oct, 2018 - there are no giard rails at the edge and it gets very windy.

Please be careful up there guys!

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!

hiking
17 days ago

Loved it! The elevation is 7700-8122 ft. So for me
adjusting to the elevation increased the difficulty.
So I enjoyed it , it was hard for me but I am glad we went to the top! The views are 360 degree of all the peaks in Yosemite Valley.

awesome views, easy hike

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