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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!

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

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7 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.

hiking
7 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.

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

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11 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.

hiking
12 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!

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing view! Good workout.

hiking
15 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.

hiking
16 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.

A pleasant little hike that gets very busy later in the day (like everywhere else in the valley), so an early start is highly recommended. Nice views of the North Dome with the Mirror Lakes and some pleasant meadows along the way.

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..

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing, difficult but mostly adrenaline inducing for SubDome and the Cables.

hiking
21 days ago

One of the toughest and rewarding hikes you'll ever do. Starting before sunrise makes the hike go by faster and you can have the Most Trail all to yourself; it's usually very packed and crowded during the day. The flat hike into Little Yosemite Valley is a welcome break and take note of the Merced River as it's a welcome respite on the way back down. the cables are just killer and getting back down is just as daunting. Go down sideways makes it easier than going backwards or forwards. just remember to take it one plank at a time and you'll be rewarded at the top and when you make it back down. Bring plenty of water; there is no potable water past the Merced in Little Yosemite Valley.

hiking
21 days ago

Awesome hike!! Bring 4-5 litters of water.. a lot of rock steps, a lot.. we finished in about 10 hours tired and ready to eat. It’s worth the soreness:)

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked on 8/25 at 8:00am. came from the West End of Yosemite so parked just outside the East gate on the road at that time a day parking was not an issue.
Not sure why it says on here the hike is only about 5 miles it’s really more like 7 1/2 according to my fit bit. The first part is indeed easy but once you start going up you keep going up took me about 3 1/2 hours to get to the top mostly because of the elevation so I had to go super slow and I took some snack breaks. The views going up a pretty amazing and will make you almost want to stop because you feel like this is as good as it gets and the climb is pretty intense but carry-on! once you get to the summit the views are even more amazing on the other side, definitely worth it and there’s a little Tupperware container with books that you can sign your name and add a note to when you get to the summit. be sure to do that! I think the down was actually harder than the up. really hard on your toes. i used polls for the way down to help me balance which saved me a couple of times from really slipping hard. Bring lots of water I went through over 2 L and it was not hot in fact once you get to the summit it’s pretty chilly and just before the summit it gets super windy so bring a warmish jkt with a hood you won’t regret it.

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24 days ago

Amazing and hard hike. Make sure you take at least 5 litters of water and snacks with protein shake. Take electrolytes and BCAA lol .... trust me , you will be sore and in pain the same day. Lol
LOTS OF BEARS.... on the trail, so be loud and DON’T stop to take pictures.... Bring heavy duty gloves with you for the cables. You will need them. Make sure your shoes are good and don’t have blisters... otherwise you will be miserable on the way back. And take hiking poles with you. I promise you will need then. Make sure your knees are in great shape, going back down was the hardest part. Good luck. You will love it.

Bucket list.

hiking
24 days ago

I like to write longer / more detailed reviews to help prospective hikers.
On this one, all essential points have been called out by other hikers; I'll abstain.
My sole recommendation: do some homework before you go. Read the reviews; read the information from the park site online; obtain and print your permit (bring ID too); time your hike / start as early as you can; check the weather outlook for later in the day; use harness and two personal anchor systems on the cables if needed (many people did when I was there). With a bit of good preparation, your time on the trail will be pure enjoyment -- it is SO worth it!

hiking
28 days ago

A must do if in Yosemite. Took me about 12 hours roundtrip, starting at 5am (an hour and 45 minutes before sunrise) - that allowed me to get to the top of Nevada Falls before I saw the sun.

Random thoughts:
-The cables look worse than they are. I got pretty nervous when I saw them, but once I started up them they didn't seem so bad.
-Take your time, particularly on the sub dome and on the cables.
-While I took the JMT down from Nevada Falls to avoid so many steps, my favorite thing about it is that you get a great view of Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, and Half Dome.
-Without a filter, there is nowhere to get water above the Vernal Falls footbridge. If you don't have a filter, figure out how much water you need and then add an extra liter.
-It took me about 5.25 hours to get to the top, spent 30 minutes on top, and then a little over 6 hours to get down.
-If you apply for a permit and don't get it, it might be worth doing as much of the hike as you can. I thought the views from the area near the bottom of the sub dome (before the ranger checks for a permit) are about as good as on top of Half Dome (if looking east at least), and who knows if you will get lucky and be able to be someone's +1.

hiking
28 days ago

Hard to believe this was just under 5 miles. It's very steep at the end, so you really just need to take your time. But this hike really has everything. It's beautiful to walk through the forest and see some lakes, beautiful wildflowers, and occasional deer. Then it gets fun when you scramble across some avalanche slides and then head up for what seems like an endless amount of time. Eventually, you get to the final summit which is mostly just climbing on a lot of big rocks, every one of which will shift, slide, or roll as you step on it, so WATCH YOUR FOOTING. The trail, as it almost always is, is a little harder to find on the way up, but if you just look for the big cairns and generally head up, you'll get there no problem. Views from the top are amazing with snow-capped mountains throughout the park still in August.

What else can you say that hasn’t already been said? Exhausting, exhausting hike but well worth the effort. Like many others, we hiked up the Mist Trail and down the John Muir trail, which we felt was a good choice. We started at 4 AM, and returned to our car at 1:30 PM. You will be in for a LONG, exhausting day of hiking!

Obviously an amazing trek with a pristine view of the valley and miles of Yosemite Park. It is not for the faint, and definitely has some technical terrain, but we'll worth the effort.

Traveling up the cables and down can take time due to a number of people, generally between 11am and 2pm.

Overall, it's a gem of a hike. Train well for it and enjoy the amazing views and vistas.

hiking
1 month ago

Very hard cores trails up and down. Needed tone in shape and bring a lots of water. When you get to the top of half Dome take you time exploring all surrounding. Climbing the cable was pretty easy only if you have gloves and hardness equipments. Try to avoid crowds so made easier.

Amazing and very rewarding hike!!! Make sure you bring enough water. I ran out right after hitting the top ( I took 1.5 liters) Thankfully I was hydrated enough to walk back down to the falls(probably 4 miles) to get more. Totally worth it!!! I was glad I had trekking poles with me, I would definitely reccomend to do the same!

on Half Dome Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on July 13th, weather was amazing and we got very lucky to finish this hike before the fire. Definitely an ass kicker but if you’ve trained for it you’re fine. I took 4 liters of water and was fine but my friends took less and filtered water at the river. Apply and reapply sunscreen because the sun is on you for most of the trail. I recommend getting a harness for the cables because although it doesn’t make it easier going up, you do have a sense of security just in case. Take it slow, it’s a great adventure worth taking your time for.. Take lots of pictures and have fun!

Hiking Mt Dana was one of the most difficult hikes I've done, especially considering that it's not a really long hike. It only took me two more hours to hike from the top of the Grand Canyon to the bottom and back up again and that was close to 17 miles, not six! The altitude starting at 10,000 feet and ending at over 13,000 feet made it tough. Hiking up and down through scree made it that much tougher. For this flat lander, it was more technical than I'm used to and no one has ever called me a mountain goat for good reason.
The hike up Mt Dana was definitely worthwhile and I'm proud to say I've done it. I was slow, but I got 'er done.
We had also planned to do Half Dome, but the wildfires had closed Yosemite Valley.

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