Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley Campsite

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Yosemite National Park

Half Dome via Little Yosemite Valley Campsite is a 6.8 mile out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length6.8 miElevation gain2,719 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsRock climbingViewsFeeNo dogs
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Yosemite National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Yosemite is open with some services limited due to COVID-19. Reservations are required to drive into Yosemite. Some services and facilities are limited, and shuttles are not operating. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm

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Larry Wick
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Beautiful day only saw two other guys On the trail

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Timothy Straszewski
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NAWABON CHAKORN
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Still a lot of smoke.

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Jayseph Faulkenberry
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Jen Doidge
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Pramod Setur
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Matt W
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Jeffrey Montgomery
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Jeremy Bost
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Blake Harris
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Best hike that I've ever done. We did it in the morning when the smoke wasn't so bad and the temperature was cooler. Cables were no sweat with rubberized gloves. A must have along with leaving your fear of heights at camp. The ginormous stairs before the cables were much worse for me and my quads. Not much shade at that point so bring I would say at least 2 litters of water. Originally we hiked it on 8/21.

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Liz Rose
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Wow, 20 miles up and back. Totally insane but worth it! Smoky most of the day from the Blue Jay Fire until right before sunset where there was some more visibility. Made it to sub dome and decided not to go up to Half Dome - couldn't see much and I was not prepared for that climb! But worth it to get to sub dome, for sure. Rocky, intense incline, lots of fat squirrels. Breathtaking waterfalls and views. Part of mist trail was closed 7am-4pm , we took it on the way back after 4 and it was totally fine.

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Paul Bryzek
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Chris Meddaugh
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It was rewarding but brutal.

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Jim E
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Jesus I Vega
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Amazing Adventure. Do some training for this one.

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Kristoff Fajardo
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Longer than advertised. The stairs going up was great. Stairs going down was brutal. Overall gradual elevation trail until sub dome. The climb to the top is doable and if you’re going to do this trail, might as well do it. Coming down is on the cables is an experience of itself.

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Mason Mackey
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HOLY SHIT HAHAH This whole thing is amazing. Bring a water filter so you don’t have to carry loads of water. Stop often and turn around to look at the view or your neck is gonna cramp up from watching the floor for 15 miles

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daniel northcutt
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Mia White
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Great hike. More strenuous on distance than altitude gain. Made top in 6 hours. 10 total. Stopped for a swim at Little Yosemite. Get early to the cables. That way you don’t have to pass as many people on the way up. Coming down was easier for me. Gloves with grip are essential.

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David Kuchar
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short note on the cables. my group of three was able to get up there with just gloves as recommended, but I would highly recommend using a climbing harness and carabiners to get up and down. the rock is slippery as is and conditions can change quick (4 hours after we got back to camp there was a thunderstorm).

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Debbie Moss
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All Trails is deceptive. You cannot drive to the Campground to begin your hike. This should include your hike and overnight at the Campground

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Drew Baker
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Kevin Limjoco
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Amazing hike! Bring LOTS of water, snacks and electrolytes. I recommend bringing at least 5-6L during the summer. Bring a filter if you don’t want to carry a lot of water. Will definitely do it again.

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Joanna Tomaszewski
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Amazing! Wake up early. Stairs are relentless, but they will end. Watch videos on YouTube to know what to expect regarding the cables- they are tricky. Full fingered thermoplastic rubberized gloves are a must. This is an incredible hike and I highly recommend everyone to who feels up for it does it! 8/21/20- wildfires are rampant now. There is a bit of smoke on the trail, but visibility was nice today!

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Elisabeth Callahan
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I summited on a Thursday morning (around 10 am) after spending the night in Little Yosemite Village. There was a time I was the only person on the cables—both nice and eerie. I don’t have much upper body strength and no rock climbing experience and was just fine on the cables. You can do it!!

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David Mann
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Pinky Jain
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Challenging

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