Yosemite National Park Half Dome

Yosemite, California

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Climb 4,800 feet on this classic route to the top of the park’s most iconic peak towering above the valley floor. This is it, people: The most famous chunk of rock in the country and possibly the world. The iconic symbol of Yosemite grandeur, Half Dome just begs to be climbed. The 7-mile route to this granite landmark starts on the crowded Mist Trail, but only 300 people per day are allowed to summit Half Dome (when the cables are up; apply for a permit early). Visitors endure fatigue, altitude sickness, and dehydration in their determination to stand atop Half Dome’s broad 8,836-foot-high crown. Steel cables bolted into the granite assist climbers up the final 400 vertical feet, but the combination of high, open rock and metal fixtures makes this a lousy place to get caught in a thunder-storm.
Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast

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Backpacker The National Parks Coast to Coast

by Ted Alvarez (Falcon Guides)

Climb 4,800 feet on this classic route to the top of the park’s most iconic peak towering above the valley floor.

This is it, people: The most famous chunk of rock in the country and possibly the world. The iconic symbol of Yosemite grandeur, Half Dome just begs to be climbed. The 7-mile route to this granite landmark starts on the crowded Mist Trail, but only 300 people per day are allowed to summit Half Dome (when the cables are up; apply for a permit early). Visitors endure fatigue, altitude sickness, and dehydration in their determination to stand atop Half Dome’s broad 8,836-foot-high crown. Steel cables bolted into the granite assist climbers up the final 400 vertical feet, but the combination of high, open rock and metal fixtures makes this a lousy place to get caught in a thunder-storm.

© 2016 Ted Alvarez/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 15.7
Elevation Gain: 4,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1-2 days
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park, (209) 372-020; nps.gov/yose
Driving Directions: Directions to Yosemite National Park: Half Dome

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