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Strenuous hike but with beautiful views. Did this hike on 4/21 and it was very crowded including lots of out of shape people and children. This made the 600 step section harder and somewhat unnerving. Came down via the John Muir Trail which I highly recommend so you avoid the crowded slippery steps and also get some nice views of the valley.

This hike is definitely a challenge but is absolutely worth the effort. The views from the top are amazing and we had a beautiful day to enjoy them. I’m 56 and in pretty good shape but I needed lots of rest breaks, especially near the top. Bring water and food and a camera and be mentally prepared for climbing 3000 feet of stairs. Took us about 3:30 going up and 2:40 coming down. Felt like it was much longer than the stated 3.4 miles each way.

hiking
11 hours ago

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

Did this hike on Saturday (free entrance day of National Parks week 4/21). I started at 7:30am but which I would have started earlier. It was cold in the morning but once the sun is fully up you'll be sweating like a dog if you start later. This hike is a work out. Once you get to the long stairways and the sun is facing you, you'll be glad when you find spots of shade. There was still spots of snow below the fall and this time of year the fall was full and mist all over. It was really beautiful. It starts to get packed in the afternoon with people going up so its best to start this hike as soon as you can. I'm sure a lot of people will give up. I saw parents with their toddlers practically. I saw people with nothing but a small bottle of water. SMH. The top is scary and exciting and well worth the journey. If you can, take the sign at the left afterwards and go to Yosemite Point! It's awe-inspiring! The rail at the edge is breathtaking! One a side note, I hiked to Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls the next morning and that seemed like a piece of cake! LOL

hiking
17 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!

A very nice trail! A must to go when you are in Yosemite Vallet. I enjoyed myself all the way up and down. Expect steep sections but it’s still pretty good as long as you get some rest. Go clockwise - highly recommend. Restrooms are closed during winter, so when I went this time it was still closed. The nearest restrooms will be by the shuttle bus stop.

Hiked at the end of March went up John Muir trail and down the mist trail. Really lovely challenging hike with views of the valley and waterfalls. Also great views of half dome. Enjoyed it better than Yosemite falls.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views the whole way up!

Steep parts with the 600 steps, which also gets pretty slippery. Wear a rain jacket, pack a protein-filled lunch, and bring at *least* 24 oz of water per person. I would say it’s on the harder end of moderate.

Great hike not too bad even with 12 and 8 year.. lots of traffic though.. must do hike

A great first hike in Yosemite, was a little more difficult than anticipated...we went up Mist Trail and down John Muir (which I recommend because the views are UNREAL and it's less crowded). The MT was cool but very crowded with reckless people...infant babies, flip flops on slippery surfaces...just very unnerving. But if you can wake up early enough to beat the crowd it will be much more enjoyable. You will get wet! I recommend early summer when the falls are full and flowing.

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

I did this two days ago. Although grueling on the way up, humbling along the way, mesmerizing at the top!
I will do this again!

Incredible hike! I struggled getting to the top, cramping and sore muscles going up. Very wet, so be careful of slippery rocks. The falls are amazing and breathtaking!

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked up in 2:20. Back down in 2:10. Lots of switchbacks. Different terrain. Rock, ice, snow, wet, dirt. We started before 8 and were
The first at the top. Thought it would be busier. On the way down there were a lot of people going up.

Make sure to see the outlook. It was scary but well worth it. I am a 50 year old woman in good shape but not great. I had read a review that said just to keep going one foot in front of the other and that really worked. Bring at least 3 bottles of water. Even though the temp went from 47 to 54 it was warm with the sun.

Hiked 4.11.18 - stunning hike!! more on the hard side of moderate for sure with all the stairs and boulders, but worth it at the top!! Plenty of runoff so bring waterproof shoes or shoes you won't mind getting wet and dirty. Take your time on the wet rocks - they are so slippery! I was so thankful I thought to bring a poncho as the mist from Vernal Falls was BRUTAL. Again, WORTH IT ALL- absolutely breathtaking views!

Wow. I have hiked around the world and seen the worlds largest waterfalls but this place is truly special! Just did it 4/8/18 after heavy flooding in the Yosemite valley and vernal falls was PUMPING. It was absolutely brutal to walk up the steps getting beat in the face with mist. Additionally, most people stopped well before Nevada Falls (I think because they couldn't find the trail). Keep on going for an additional treat. What a spectacular spot. Much better than Yosemite falls!

Steep and icey even late May. Great views at the top.

Great hike. Incredible views. Bring plenty of water and snacks as you will need it. Hiked it twice. Both times in May, a year a part, not too cold nor too hot.

We did this hike on Mother’s Day and it was awesome. A little like being on a stair master for hours, and giant mosquitos on the way down, but getting to the top was such an accomplishment!

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.

Great hike. Be aware though that the Mist Trail is primarily steps, and lots of them. We took the longer route back to avoid going down the wet stairs and it was really nice. The John Muir loop was still closed from Nevada Falls.

backpacking
20 days ago

I backpacked into the backcountry through this trail and it was a monster but the lookout was amazing. The glimpses of the falls midway give a lot of encouragement. It was early April but most of the snow had melted and the falls were roaring. Great hike challenging but rewarding. People thin out about halfway through.

Most beautiful area near the valley floor. It's a must see.

The best hike ever did

hiking
22 days ago

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

Amazing views! Not for beginers, but totally worth the exertion :)

This was one of the most rewarding hikes I have ever been on. There was always a breathtaking view at every turn. The trail was very congested and people very friendly. I would highly suggest hiking shoes and cool clothing. You are going to sweat and get exhausted from the steep sections on the hike. I would rate this as a hard to moderate hike. Footing on some sections was sketchy. Very worth heading to the top of Nevada falls. Bring water and snacks. We were not able to make the loop once at the top because the trail was closed.

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