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Did this today 1/12/2018. Beautiful trail, started at sunrise at 7:15am, made it to the snow creek footbridge (~5mi in) at around 10:45am. I wanted to go beyond it but the snow was pretty deep and I didn’t bring snow shoes... so I turned around.

The 5 miles or so to the bridge was on/off exposed so most of it was dirt with some small patches of ice. I wore boots but didn’t have poles, crampons or snowshoes.

Best views were of looking back at Tenaya Canyon as you ascend. Also great views of Mount Watkins. Mirror lake was good in the beginning as well and partially frozen.

Amazing hike! A must do!

hiking
3 days ago

Short hike from Yosemite falls. Was lots of ice when I did it at the end of December. I used spikes but saw plenty of people without them.

Amazing, challenging hike with breathtaking views of the valley from Cloud's Rest. The climb at the beginning is a bit of a gut buster and I had a little trouble following the trail when I got to one of the boulder fields on the way up, but not on the way down. The reason to do this hike, though, is for the final half mile or so up the narrow spine of rock to Cloud's Rest, with a 2,000+ foot drop on either side of a trail just a few feet wide. Once at the peak, it is pretty incredible to look down upon Half Dome and Yosemite Valley.

Loved this hike! We split this up into two days so we could camp in little Yosemite valley.

cross country skiing
12 days ago

Skiing Warning: Despite this site and YNP trailmaps, this is not a x-country ski route! The meadow portion is great, but after that is marked as black diamond = most difficult. Very icy, narrow, steep, winding. Never had to hike so much in my ski boots.

hiking
13 days ago

Such an awesome hike! Definitely recommend! Make sure that you bring gloves that can grip the cables if you plan on going to the summit!

Stunning views and an awesome hike that’ll leave you tired but exhilarated by the end of it! I went in early May when the falls were gushing and can’t imagine it any other way. Definitely one of the best trails I’ve done!

The most rewarding part is the last half mile! Really gets your heart going and the view was phenomenal. Cell service was also surprisingly great since I was able to facetime my parents at the top lol

Beautiful!

backpacking
17 days ago

Awesome trail!!! If you plan well, go during a full moon. The light of the moon reflects off the granite mountains and lights up the entire area. For the most part the trail is well distinguished however there are two spots where the trial is on granite rocks with no trial marks. Walked trail late September and there was minimal water running in streams so bring plenty of you plan on hiking at that time. But plenty of water at end of hike at the lakes.

cross country skiing
18 days ago

spectacular trip. one of the best cross country overnights I've done. gorgeous views. we missed the sunset due to heavy snow but had a gorgeous sunrise the next morning! slept at the hut: hit cookie when you arrive, hot dinner, breakfast, and lunch to go. really wonderful trip. it was just us and one other person at the hut! cannot recommend highly enough.

Fantastic trail. Took my gf on her first backpack in November and couldn’t ask for a better trail for a first trip. Definitely glad we did glacier point to tunnel view parking, as opposed to the other way around.

Camped one evening at Dewey point although maybe next time, I think we’d post up at Crocker instead. Didn’t see another person on the trail past Taft point.

Don’t forget to get your permit if you plan to stay out in Yosemite wilderness.

I did a portion of this hike on a sunny day in late December -- started in the valley on the valley loop, to Mirror Lake, connecting to Snow Creek and went up, up, up. As others have said, it's all switchbacks up. I'm in good shape and tend to hike quicker than many: Took about 2h30 to get to the footbridge. Trail was clear and dry up until the top when you enter a forest. Snow from earlier in the month was packed down and easy to walk over. Turned around after eating lunch by the creek. The trek back down to the Mirror Lake trail only took me 90mins. Views were stellar the entire way. It was a treat to watch the sun cross over the valley.

hiking
27 days ago

NOT 6.7 MILES AS STATED. If you do the falls and the point, it’s about 10 miles round trip. Hike was STRENUOUS to say the least, for a law student fresh out of exams and a professional athlete with 3 months since ACL reconstruction surgery but worth the views. Bring lots of water!! Weather at the top is inconsistent (I visited in the winter), so bring layers. Also wear proper shoes. We saw lots of visitors wearing things like Uggs and rain boots. There’s lots of snow at the top so maybe use boot chains.

hiking
30 days ago

Loved your review Rashid! Agree. This hike is one to remember.

The best hike I've done in a long time. the views were absolutely incredible. The elevation gain isnt bad and the hike is just long enough for a nice full day of hiking.

Day hiked the whole loop Nov 2018 training for unsupported FKT attempt on the Arizona trail April 2019

hiking
1 month ago

Scariest hike ever. I'm talking about the cable portion, it is steep as hell and even steeper than photos when you see it in person. But it is do-able you just have to focus on moving to the next wooden board. The wooden boards I believe are spaced out 10 feet from each other from the bottom of the dome to the top. It took us about an hour just to get to the top because there was traffic lots of people going up and down simultaneously. We had to take turns for those coming down and those going up. To get to the top without traffic should only take maybe 10-15 mins to give perspective on what traffic does. Also the traffic IMO makes it more scary because you have to hold onto the cables even longer.

I'd recommend using gloves with a latex coating to help with the cables as it gives your hands much more grip and you'll avoid blistering your hands like many other people.

I'd recommend doing it if you want to face your fears. Just take it one wooden board at a time until you reach the top and you'll be fine. Lots of people did it and have done it.

Would I do it again? Probably not lol just because it was scary as shit. BUT DO IT ONCE AT LEAST :D

Beautiful trail, completely worth the journey. Just did this trail in December, winter 2018, snow shoes and spikes will be beneficial. Just an epic route

Amazing hike did this back in September and forgot to put a review, but this hike is beautiful! We left early in the morning at 2am and it was perfect going up in the dark with headlamps and enjoying seeing things from a different perspective rather than going later like 7am so heading down you see everything that you didn’t going up so it makes the hike better since it’s pretty much a 10hr hike. Going up early at 2am and not knowing much farther you have to go was just great, but to just keep moving and the hike went by quick because by the time daylight started to show we were at the base of sub dome. Heading down was quick n easy, but by 10am traffic rolls in and makes it difficult.

Leave early for the hike to make the cables with little to no traffic. Make it before 8am cause up top people start to roll in and head down the cables with traffic is a pain to wait for people to pass n continue to descend.

The hike in general starts pretty easy for those that hike normally. The hike gets tough when you hit the foot high steps n they continue to get higher n higher, but that’s why you start early n you don’t see how much farther you have to go. Sub dome is just the same a bunch of foot high steps, but aren’t to bad if you go early and rest at the steps. Cables were surprisingly easy both up and down. Down is easiest, but going up isn’t bad if you have RUBBER GLOVES. Crazy beautiful site seeing going up cables and top. Used my GoPro and the videos are awesome.

Pack some good food and 4L of water. I managed to make it with 3L and have some left over,but it’s probably because we left early in morning.

Go prepared (food&water), go early, proper gear (boots&gloves, don’t forget permit, and enjoy the views going down.

hiking
1 month ago

What can I say, basically nothing beats this for a day hike.

Hands down one of the best hikes in Yosemite. I’ve done everything in the valley floor and driving up out of the valley to do this hike is absolutely worth it.

Beautiful lake and great trail! The views of the Sierra's are stunning. Completed in September 2016.

Gorgeous views at the end and at Clouds Rest. Went on a Wed in November and only saw 5 people.

Took less than 7 hours excluding lunch. I’m fit but not in hiking at altitude shape.
-4 hours up and i took lots of mini breaks.
-2.5 hours down without stopping.

Decent AT&T reception at a couple of spots on the way. Solid reception at Clouds Rest.

hiking
2 months ago

The toughest I have ever done!! absolutely worth it! Me and friend went during off season when the cables came down. If that's the case please bring safety equipment (carabineers, harness, leather gloves) if you are planning to do the 400 ft. climb along the face of Half Dome. We did not have that equipment so I didn't do it, because safety always comes first! Have a safe hike guys and don't forget to bring lots of water and salted snacks :)

as of today no snow. great views. took 5 hrs and 45 minutes round trip. highly recommend the hike

Nice hike, a little Smokey from a controlled burn nearby but a beautiful day. Great views of Half Dome, the valley and surrounding mountain ranges. Indian rock was worth the short hike and also had some nice views from the arch. The hike is moderate to hard for beginners and very easy for the young lady that jogged by us not once, but three times while on the trail, amazingly fit...

Not much to see on the way there...nothing spectacular BUT when you get to Cloud's Rest, it's like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Views are amazing. We had lunch at the top. It was so nice.

One for the bucket list.

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