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Our hike to Upper Yosemite Falls was amazing, a must-see. The trek felt much like using a stair stepper for a while, so it does take patience (and in some cases, stops to take a breather). Water is a must. I would also recommend bringing a light lunch to eat at the top while marveling at the view!

After the first mile and a half or so, there is very minimal tree coverage. We went early and would recommend that to anyone thinking of this hike. The heat wasn’t as bad, and there were less people as well. We only ran into about three or four people on our way up, but met dozens and dozens of people just starting while we were headed down.

The last thing I will say is that I would definitely recommend taking the extra time to hike to Yosemite Point. From the falls overlook, it is a very minimal incline and does not take much additional effort. You’ve already done the tough part by getting to the falls! The views from Yosemite Point were absolutely outstanding, and so worth the extra time.

Overall, the entire trip took us about 6 hours, and that was with stopping for a lunch break. They recommend allotting anywhere between 6 and 8 hours for the hike, depending on your speed.

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
2 days 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
2 days 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!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful views the whole way up!

trail running
8 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

This is a strenuous hike and a fair amount of it is exposed to the sun, so hydrate beforehand and bring plenty of water with you. I went in April, and there were plenty of places along the way to refill my water bottles for filtering, but I imagine that it is very dry in the summer without the opportunity to refill water. Snacks are also a must, as you will expend a lot of energy.

It took me about 7.5 hours round trip (with plenty of stops to rest, refill water, and of course to take in the views, which are breathtaking).

A lot of the trail is rock, which can be difficult on joints and also slippery in places - be sure to use good hiking shoes.

This trail does get crowded. It is the same trail as that which leads to Upper Yosemite Falls - if you make it the Falls, the Point is only a mile farther and the last mile is not as difficult as the rest of the trail. Be sure to go down to the Falls overlook - it’s a fun scramble down some rocks (there is a rail) and a good view.

hiking
12 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.

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.

backpacking
22 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.

The best hike ever did

hiking
24 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 :)

Great views of the valley, but this is a very rough hike! If you are inexperienced make sure you are well prepared, a bottle of water and a snack will not get you through this hike! We had no issues with snow today and the trails will probably be nearly clear of snow here soon!

Never ending staircase of doom... 4/5 stars...

hiking
26 days ago

This trail has some amazing views of Yosemite falls! Unfortunately, the trail is currently closed after inspiration point and you hit a tricky patch of snow about halfway through and then a few more near inspiration point. It took us about two hours to get to inspiration point and maybe an hour and a half to get back including lunch! We started the hike around 9:30 and the trails weren't as busy and the snow pack was easier to get through before it started melting and got slippery.

Lots of switch backs, my first trail that included significant elevation gain.
Fantastic views, well worth it!
*no bus service going down in winter season

Since I went on a day that was rainy and foggy, I missed out on a lot of views but what I did see was fantastic! Hang in there through the early switchbacks—the view is worth it. I turned around about 0.5 miles below the top as the snow and ice was getting a bit tough. Most people quit at Columbia Rock, so keep going to skip the crowds.

Did it on a cloudy/snowy day so I didn't get the full valley view but the waterfall is amazing. Presented a challenge for sure and breaks were definitely appreciated but it's not too horrible. Just get ready for switchbacks.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Great view of the valley. Tons of switch backs so be ready. Since the floor is made out of stone, it can be pretty rough on your feet.

This one is a butt kicker for sure. Unfortunately I didn’t take my time and ended up with elevation sickness at the top before you reach the last peak. Made it to 10,500. Lots of semi dangerous rock scrambles to get to the top as well but as long as you take your time it’s a very beautiful hike. May lake is gorgeous and the views are pretty amazing. Trail is pretty moderately steady until the last bit up to the top. I will be doing this again this summer only I’ll be sure to take my time as I go.

Awesome hike! Beautiful view of the waterfall, if my 9 year old can do it...so can you! Didn’t make the last five minutes of it due to the snow on the hill face, didn’t have the proper shoes. Still got an awesome view of the falls!

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of snow and ice on the trail today. (3/11/18) Trekking poles are a must! But I’m pretty uncomfortable on snow/ice... Also, the trail is closed after Inspiration Point (~3miles up) right now. I only made it about 2 miles up.

Did this in July 2013. Beware of afternoon thunderstorms. Went up about 8am. We started back down about 1100 am with wispy clouds rolling in. Quickly became threatening. Raced down to reach our car as storms began.

So worth the work. Awesome views at the top. Narrow pass at the top but doable..

hiking
1 month ago

Planned on doing just Upper Yosemite Falls hike for a sunrise view and ended up tackling this hike as well. Completed it last month when there was no snow at the time. Upper Yosemite Falls hike seemed to tackle most of the elevation gain. The remaining trail to Yosemite Point was easy. Took roughly 2.5 hours to summit. Views were decent imo. Completed half dome the day before so I might have still been blown away by those views.

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Did this hike a day after completing half dome hike (worth it for the views/my legs hated me). The switch back stair cases seemed to drag on forever and there are a few declines. Be aware that these staircases are pretty brutal for most (lots of people give up). Started early to get views of the sunrise from the top of the waterfall. I want to say it took roughly 2 hours to summit (I ended up going up to Yosemite Point after the sunrise). Great views from the top of the waterfall!

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