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Nani Jansen reviewed Half Dome Trail
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HikingGreat!IcyRockyScrambleSnow

First time up Half Dome, and it was everything I could have hoped for! We just did this route April 3. We took the winter route trails (John Muir to Clark Point, and then the Mist Trail), although found out after the fact that the mist trail probably would have been fine and saved us the extra 2.4 miles and 1k+ elevation gain. We got to devils staircase around 11am and it was completely snow-covered. We had to scramble and follow footsteps as best we could, but it was dicey at times. The cables were down and one was covered in ice. With harness + Prusik + carabiner, though, the final ascent was relatively straightforward. The Prusik made it time-consuming, but not scary. We saw maybe 20 people the whole day (6:30am start time from upper pines campground) past Nevada falls, and had the cables completely to ourselves, so there is definitely an upside to the off-season ascent. Bring plenty of water, don’t forget sunscreen (even in cool weather) and enjoy!!

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I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything this beautiful. Or worked so hard! We got on the trail around 6:30am and had the top of Vernal Falls completely to ourselves for a little while. We walked down the John Muir Trail back down where we encountered several switchbacks covered in snow/ice but me, my husband, and 7 and 9 year old kids were able to get through it fine...taking it very slow. The crowds were roaring by 10am when we made it back to the footbridge and back down to the parking lot. Like I’ve seen in other posts, get going early! It’s worth the lack of sleep for the payoff of having The Mist Trail to yourselves!

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HikingNo shadeScrambleSnow

.Just did this April 3, cables still down. We’d tried it before and got to the base in November. This route is way better in April mainly because the summer route is open, and in November only the winter route is open. Winter route adds an additional 1.2 miles one way and also in November you’ll be microspiking in ice a fourth of the way in! Started at 6:45am, finished at 11pm with 5 hours just to summit and downclimb half dome, definitely bring water!. Reached the base at 12pm, was looking for the cables. The climb to the summit starts with climbing a steep mountain to the faux peak among trees and snow. Then you see the actual cables. Def need a harness and two prussic knots for sure, helmet also recommended, with climbing shoes and belay gloves. STicky snow prevalent once we went beyond 6800+ feet, then everything was pretty much snowy. Low avalanche risk that day cause of low percipitation and sticky snow.

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Hiked Yesterday. It was beautiful day for the hike. Waterfalls were flowing strongly. Mist trails portion of the hike, was very, very crowded, but the JM part of trail wasn't near as crowded. Be aware that the entire park is very crowded. plan ahead with early arrivals.

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Hiked up John Muir until we ran into snow—just short of Clark Point, where the switchbacks get tighter. Probably passable, but we didn’t have spikes or poles (others were doing it in tennis shoes though). Backtracked, then took the Mist Trail up past Vernal Falls to Emerald Pool. Beautiful weather, great views, elevation got the blood pumping. Terrific.

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Nature tripsIcyRockySnow

Can be a pretty strenuous climb but definitely worth it for the beautiful views and experience. Feels a lot longer than 4.2 miles! Be prepared for some rough snow terrain in the winter.

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Bird watchingIcyMuddyRockySnow

Hiked the winter route. If you look at the map, the route (red line) doesn't follow the JMT very well, so in reality it's a bit longer, plus this doesn't include the trek from the parking lot. I recorded 3.82 miles, one way, from the parking lot to Vernal. We detoured to restrooms, but otherwise, stayed on the trail and it was 7.76 miles total round trip. Right now there's about 6 stretches of icy snow on the trail and I would not recommend you attempt it without some sort of traction and a pole. We used the spiral yaktrax and a trekking pole on the downhill side and it worked nicely. However, people with inappropriate footwear were sliding around and it makes the snow less stable as they skid down instead of leaving footsteps. Baby steps were necessary in one stretch heading down. Of course rain and temperature and sun/shade will change the conditions, as well. Was it hard? Definitely. Was it worth it? Absolutely.

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Ed Motola reviewed Half Dome Trail
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Lots of variation from granite steps along the stream and waterfall to scrub ridge line to conifer forest. Had a spectacular afternoon.

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Unbelievable views. Great day hike, good bit of work with a few tricky snow patches.

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Anne Chen reviewed Half Dome Trail
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Hi! Just did the trail on March 20 and lost my phone around the summit. The snow was too deep that the phone could not be found. If by any chance you or anyone you know is gonna hike the trail, please pick up the phone if you see it (black iPhone 11 Pro) and contact this number: 760-390-9389 Thank you so so much!!

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the trail was hard and had to take the winter path. recommend bringing chains for shoes or a pile due to the snow covered trail.

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Incredible

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