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Great little tourist heavy view of the falls. Recco checking it out in the evening. especially if you plan to do upper falls. to appreciate the small things ;)

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bugs
1 day ago

Absolutely stunning 360° panoramic views at the summit. Decently steep in some points but not bad overall. Definitely need some type of mosquito repellant for this, they pop up out of the ground like daisies! This hike seems to be underrated for the incredible views that it offers at the top. You must give it a go!

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We only did the western part of this hike due to time constraints. The views from the valley floor are absolutely inspiring, especially once El Cap comes into view. You quickly lose track of the noise from the roads due to the view this hike provides. We didn’t see a ton of people on this trail despite the outrageous amount of cars parked in the valley. We found parking across from Camp 4 thankfully and began our hike there. If you go off the map a little bit there is a trail that takes you up to the nose of El Cap and you should definitely take advantage of that. It’s a bit of elevation gain and climbing, but it’s not hard to complete. We saw a bear once we crossed the bridge to the south side of the hike. I’m not sure what the other 13 miles of this hike offer, but I bet they’re just as good as the 7 miles we completed. Great hike to see the best views in the valley. Nice and flat too!

My boyfriend and I completed this hike today on July 16. Before starting the hike, I read a bunch of reviews and they were all different! So I am hoping to clear up some of the contradicting reviews. (As a background of our level of hiking) We don’t consider our selves “advanced” hikers but we are active daily and go on a handful of hikes a year- so we would be intermediate or maybe a step above. The first portion of the hike up to the falls is great- but for sure uphill! There is a bunch of switch backs throughout that first portion. I know some people hike just to those falls and then head back. If you’re looking for a shorter hike with still amazing views, that is perfect to do. I believe that portion took about an hour or so. After the initial falls view and photo opp/quick rest break- the second half of your hike will start. You get a short break of consistent uphill climbing with some flat ground but then the steep uphill battle begins. The second half of that hike to the top of the mountain is the longest and one of the most difficult parts of the hike. The other most difficult part is how slippery the mountain was. To be fair, I was not wearing legit hiking boots, but my boyfriend was and he still slipped as well. The sand and rock mixture make for a slippery decent back to the bottom. This second portion took us about 1.5 hours- therefore, in total, to get to the top, it took us about 2.5 hours. Getting back down took about two hours and 15 minutes . Giving a total of about four and a half hours to hike this mountain. Another negative was that the mountain was poorly marked. In most parts it’s easy to figure out but in some it was questionable. The biggest positive of this hike was that there are amazing views for the majority of the trip up and down. With that said, if you choose not to go all the way to the top, you’ll still see the almost exact views you see at the top. This hike is without a doubt extremely challenging. I highly recommend though for not just the views but to feel that accomplishment after hiking a challenging mountain. P. S. I suggest getting there early! We started at 8:00 and it wasn’t to busy- on our way down the mountain there were lots of people coming up. Good luck!

hiking
1 day ago

This trail is incredible! Wow. A must-do, in my opinion. It IS very challenging, but my crew charged to the top in just a little over 2 hours. They said it should take 3 or 4. Had we taken our time, I don’t think it would’ve been so difficult. After the first hour, the views are breathtaking at every turn. Well worth the time and effort. The reward is great!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Nice quick hike. Beautiful views.

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no shade
1 day ago

Did it on a 90 degree day and drank about 3 liters of water. Worth the trek at the top. Trekking poles recommended.

I stopped at ostrander lake. and hitchicked once I got to glacier point road. the lake is worth a detour.

One of my favorite Yosemite hikes! Relatively flat with spectacular views at the end. Meadow in full bloom!

hiking
2 days ago

Challenging one for a beginner like me. Take it slow and you will get to the top. The payoff at the end is worth it.

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bugs
rocky
snow
2 days ago

Great trail to avoid crowds. We’ve started it at 10am and met maybe 8 people in total. Please note that you need to walk extra 2 miles one way to reach the trail head. There is a lot of mosquitos and even a tropical spray with Deet50% didn’t work. As long as we keep moving it was fine but the moment we stopped we were immediately surrounded by them (and we stopped quite a lot with the kids). At the moment the mosquitos have peak breeding season in standing water from the melted snow. I would go back but maybe later in the year when the water has dried and there is less mosquitos.

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

I read so many reviews before completing this hike, and man.... I don’t know if people are just in amazing shape or by the time they write their review they forget to mention how physically draining this hike is! Forget the cables, they were a breeze. I bought some $3 gloves in Walmart that fit a bit loose but had a good grip, going down obviously was easier then going up. Just make sure you don’t move until you know you can stop at a place where you can rest your feet securely. What exhausted me was the uphill and constant scramble on rocks, especially the last 3 miles and the sub-dome that broke my knees and made me feel like I couldn’t go on! We started up the John Muir Trail at roughly 7:30am- that’s the way my friend who has completed Half Dome and the hike 9 times chose to go, to by-pass the steep rock steps up the Mist Trail. The hike is long and there is beautiful scenery 80% of the way. My backpack that I specifically chose for this hike felt like it was more then 50 pounds half way through, and made my steps heavy and made my neck hurt and feel stiff. I always considered myself to be in fairly good shape from being active my whole life, but this hike sure proved me wrong! Going down with knees that felt like they were swollen and every bend and incline was brutal. If I ever attempt this hike again, I am going to get an even smaller pack to fit only my water and some snacks for the way. Make sure I have a big dinner, eat a hearty breakfast (because I think I over exerted myself BIG TIME) and did not have enough in me so I got dizzy two times once at the beginning and once almost at the top of the cables (a friend helped me by giving me his lightweight black sunglasses to counter act the whiteness from the dome and the sun), and do some big time elliptical and stair climbing cardio for at least 4 months before! Oh and also start by 4am so I can have some rest time to recharge! I said “Never again!” But I think I will, I’ll just be better prepared ;) Also, their were Rangers who checked everyone’s permits with IDs. They will let you take someone’s extra permit but will not let you go up without one. We met dozens of groups who tried to go up without permits but they all got denied. Be warned.

hiking
2 days ago

Headed up with our permit for 6 on Monday 7-29. Stoked for the trip. Will report back afterwards.

absolutely worth the effort but rating is valid. getting to the top is amazing, go to the right, get your pics, get a nice shower of mist then go back to summit and go the other way, left of the trail. cross the bridge and go up stream, jump in!! its worth it. you can filter water here and you will need it. did it this morning in full sun, very little shade. serious climb. nice to come down in shade, watch your ankles and sliding in the way down. water, more water, bring water !!

easy trail everyone should go on atleast once

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closed
2 days ago

Impassable rockslide at ~2 miles into hike. Sheer drop of >100 yards below small/loose rock clinging to the slope.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked the cables on July 14th - 30km in 12 hours. It was one of the best experiences of my life! We started at 5am, got to the top at 10am, stayed at the top until 12pm, and then got back to the parking lot at 5pm. The hike isn’t “difficult”, it’s “strenuous” or “enduring”. My biggest piece of advice is DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE ANGLE AT WHICH YOU’LL BE CLIMBING UP/DOWN THE CABLES - I’m a 23 year old male who isn’t afraid of heights and I found it quite scary during the first 2/3 of the way up (and last 2/3 of the way down) the cables. The ranger tells you this as well, but just know your limits - there are some unsettling moments on the cables where you realize that if you slipped and lost grip you would die. 1. YOU NEED GLOVES. We had gardening gloves but I wish we would have had a material that sticks better to the metal cables. People without gloves were slipping because of the sweat on their hands. THERE IS NO BOX OF EXTRA GLOVES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CABLES. 2. YOU NEED SHOES WITH A DECENT GRIP. I was wearing my Nike training shoes and was sliding down the rock at a few points. If you don’t have fancy shoes with lots of grip then it’s not absolutely necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on new shoes, but just make sure you have SOME grip. 3. BRING A WATER FILTER. We hiked up with a 3L water pack in our bags but ran out of water at the top of half dome. On our way down we filled up at the river but ran out of water again by the time we got to the parking lot. Normally I do not drink a lot of water but trust me you will drink a lot of water on this hike (especially for a hot summer day in July). 4. START EARLY. We started at 5am but wished we would’ve started earlier (maybe 3am or 4am) because of the heat on the way down. Don’t worry about ‘missing’ the waterfalls on the way up because of the dark - you will come down the same path on the way back and the lighting will be perfect to take pictures of the falls then. 5. BRING SUNSCREEN. Seems like a no brainer but the sun just roasted us on the way down lol.

hiking
2 days ago

Not a hard hike, but the cables are always fun and very unique. I did the cables without gloves this time around and that was perfectly fine.

This is a strenuous but beautiful hike. We did this yesterday exactly as shown here. It took 7 hours. Those who do it in less time are probably conditioned to hike in elevation and steep climbs. But it was worth every sore muscle. The top of Nevada Falls is my new favorite place. Next time I will consider going up the JMT rather than the mist trail as it was incredibly crowded and we ran into some rude people on the steps up Vernal. Otherwise this is a wonderful experience. But bring plenty of water. I used almost 3l. Also as of yesterday the bathrooms at the Vernal foot bridge are still closed. Enjoy!

Wear good traction shoes that are a half size bigger, this will keep your toes happy as you make your way back. Also I don’t really think you need a raincoat but you do want to wear a good fabric that dries quickly, nothing cotton.

beautiful trail. It is definitely hard if your are not prepared, so be ready to bring lots of water. It took me 7 hrs to finish it. I was pretty death but totally worth it.

Awesome hike. Took the mist trail up and John Muir on the way down. Take a poncho or a light raincoat on the way up. You will get wet. It's not very difficult. We finished the hike in about 4.30 hours with plenty of breaks for taking pics. Try to get there by 7 am so that you can find parking.

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