Half Dome

Yosemite, California

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A demanding hike; a unique ascent protected by metal cables; spectacular views far down into Yosemite Valley. Come on, it’s Half Dome! A very popular route for trail runners, the standing round-trip record is about three hours and fifteen minutes—but most parties will be happy to do it in eight hours. Half Dome is the second-highest point on the Yosemite Valley rim, exceeded only by Clouds Rest. Considering the terrain and the vertical gain—and the protective cables bolted into the final section to the top—this trip is as adventure-filled as anything in this book. Half Dome is a feature unique enough to be used as the logo for Yosemite National Park, a place with more unusual features than you can shake a giant sequoia stick at.
Climbing California's Mountains

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Climbing California's Mountains

by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)

A demanding hike; a unique ascent protected by metal cables; spectacular views far down into Yosemite Valley. Come on, it’s Half Dome! A very popular route for trail runners, the standing round-trip record is about three hours and fifteen minutes—but most parties will be happy to do it in eight hours. Half Dome is the second-highest point on the Yosemite Valley rim, exceeded only by Clouds Rest. Considering the terrain and the vertical gain—and the protective cables bolted into the final section to the top—this trip is as adventure-filled as anything in this book. Half Dome is a feature unique enough to be used as the logo for Yosemite National Park, a place with more unusual features than you can shake a giant sequoia stick at.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 4,936 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Class: Class 4
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,900 feet
Top Elevation: 8,836 feet
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Half Dome
Topo Map: Half Dome Topographic Map
Guide Book: Climbing California's Mountains Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

11/2/2003

It's Half Dome, what else needs to be said. We took the falls route from the valley floor where you pass 2 great waterfalls starting on the "Mist trail" where in the spring, and early summer you will be rewarded by a nice mist as you follow up the side of the trail. This can be a very busy trail used by many day bus tourists but you'll find that most of the traffic stops at one of the bridges, where they turn back. Once past the 2 falls you have a little flat section called "little Yosemite" then the climb begins, beware in the middle of summer it can get real hot, and you will need lots of water to complete this. The trail is pretty much a steady climb to the summit where you grab a pair of gloves provided by the park, and using the cable railing climb up onto Half Dome itself. It's got to be one of the most rewarding hikes I have been on, not the biggest, not the baddest, just America at her best.

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