rocky
scramble
9 days ago

Super and epic hike of my lifetime. Cable ascend is just mind blowing experidnce. Done three times in a row:2014,2015,2016

Hiked in August of 2019. One of the best days of my life. Slept in car at parking lot, woke up at 5 am and reached the cables several hours later. Cables were not crowded on our way up. We got up around 11 but on our way down the cables were packed. Would recommend early start

hiking
14 days ago

Most beautiful view of my life. Hiked this last September with my 65 year old father. It was forecast to rain at 3pm so we knew we had to get up and down quickly. Woke at 3, began hiking at 4am. Pace yourself up the stairs up past the falls, you’ll need the energy later. We saw so many pass us on the stairs only for us to pass them later and we never saw them again - we assumed many people who attempted this hike didn’t make it / weren’t prepared. Also, the ranger WILL CHECK your permit. If you summit early, he will ticket you on the way down, we saw it happen. We spent two hours at the summit at 8am and didn’t get sick of the views. Headed down and as soon as we got into the car the rain began. This was an experience, not just a hike. Everyone should do this hike once.

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bugs
fee
no shade
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

The best place in the world! I can’t wait to go back. This is about 20 miles round trip and we started at 2am to beat the heat. We were so glad we did. We got there early and also beat the crowds. It’s a difficult hike with lots of switchbacks. The Subdome scramble will kick your butt but keep going, you’re almost there. Bring gloves for the cables and don’t leave your gloves behind when your done.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Omg this hike is a must do! Beautiful all around! This hike you should be in good shape. Like it say it’s extremely strenuous! So be ready for it. Bring lots of water and snacks. Also, get good hiking shoes and you can’t forget the rubber gloves to hold on to the wires going up. If you guys like to challenge yourself this is it. You’ll feel great when your all done. You’ll be on top of the world!! You’ll love it!! Good luck and be safe! :)

I’m not an avid hiker and was in decent shape going into this hike last September. Yosemite is unlike any other place on earth and from the summit of Half Dome you get a 360 view from the top which is unbeatable. That being said- the hike up to the base of the cables is STRENUOUS. No one warned us of this. Soooo many switchbacks and inclines basically the entire way up which was pretty exhausting. You get to see the most beautiful falls, valleys and towering mountainsides though! The cable portion is incredibly intimidating for anyone with fear of heights. Don’t do this portion without textured gloves and shoes with GRIP on them. I’m getting sweaty palms even reminiscing!!!!! It’s such an exhilarating experience and worth it so don’t give up. Also bring a knee brace if you have bad knees because the climb down HURTS. ;)

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

The most amazing, life changing & memorable hike I’ve ever done. 100% worth it

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

The most epic hike. You’ll need to score a couple of half dome permits first.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

This trail was very long and strenuous. There isn’t much snow on the trail until you get to sub dome. It’s a bit of a scramble from there. Once you reach the top of sub dome you’re home free. The cables to half dome are lied on the rock instead of being held up by poles and having wooden planks to step up. There wasn’t any ice or snow on the climb up half dome. The views were incredible and there were only two other people up there when I summitted. If you don’t scare easy and you’re up for a challenge I’d recommend doing this hike while the cables are down to avoid the permit process.

Hardest hike I’ve ever done, but very fun along the way. The cables on Half Dome were tough but the overall experience is very gratifying and well worth it

Solo traveller looking to do half dome Sunday March 8th with a harness and tying in to the cable.. Looking for others to come with, let me know! @mcrae7319 on instagram

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

difficult but definitely worth the trek

I have done half dome through the mist trail and nevada falls to half dome. Hands down the best hike i have ever done. Its absolutely beautiful. Its equally as beautiful as it is hard though. Extra waters and good boots are an absolute must. Youll see people walking around in flipflops and junky shoes though, dont be those people lol youll regret it by the end of the day if not when you roll your ankle while on the trail. Bring multiple snacks for sure. I usually bring a water purifier with me to fill up and the river about half way up. Nice cold fresh water. Start early too! Youll get down about twice as quick as you get up too. Enjoy every second of this hike though. If anyone knows of a better hike than half dome, please let me know! I think this is the number one spot.

One of the toughest and best scenic hikes ever!

Great trail !

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

hiking
blowdown
icy
snow
5 months ago

12/30/19 - was an absolute beautiful hike. Seemed to be the first up past the sub-dome all season (based on the lack of tracks). Conditions as of this trip: Mist Trail closed, must take JMT (winter route) which includes a section of ice shards that have fallen and cover the trail. Snow and ice is sporadic starting just before Nevada Falls. Past the ranger station (past little Yosemite), the trail becomes completely snowy, including some very soft powder. Snowshoes were a must here, though the trail will remain broken until the next significant snowstorm. Definitely used micro spikes for sub-dome and half-dome, though crampons would have been preferred. The cables are buried in ice at certain sections, and I highly recommend a self-belay setup. Be careful if attempting this season!

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