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Rocky AlpsCables Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Rocky Alps

Went up the John Muir Trail and went back down the Mist Trail, and realized I should have done it the other way around just like most people do, upon seeing over a thousand people on the trail near Vernal Falls. The scenery at the beginning and end of this hike was awesome, but I didn't care much for the sandy trail in the middle. The cables were a lot of fun. See "Investigating the Hype" trip report for details.
Posted Aug 18, 2011 2:26 am

xpdaCable  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 1994


It's easy with the cable. Packed in from Tuolumne Meadows.
Posted Aug 11, 2011 11:54 am

zoomlocoavoid cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2010


a technical route is the way to go on this baby. I have quite an axe to grind about the attitude embodied on the cables route.
Posted Jul 16, 2011 4:16 pm

OsterizerOsterized  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2005


Made the summit around 11am via the Easy Way (cables)
Posted Jul 15, 2011 8:54 pm

tednvcables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2011
loved it
Posted Jul 8, 2011 11:08 am

mooheadPerfect day for a grueling, but incredible, hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


Hiked the second full day that cables have been up for the 2011 season. Left the Bay Area at 1:30AM, on the trail by 6:00AM. Mist Trail felt more like Hurricane Trail - the Merced River is raging this year! Reached the cables around 11:00AM and there weren't too many people at that time, but on the way down at 12:00PM there were a lot more people going up the cables and arriving at the top of the sub dome. The view from the top of Half Dome is unreal. Took the JMT on the way down because Mist Trail was way too wet/flooded. Arrived back at Happy Isles around 5:00PM.
Posted Jun 26, 2011 5:03 pm

Smithman123Cable-free  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2011


We drove up from the Bay Area, arriving in the park at midnight. We climbed the cables route, reaching the summit by 5a. There was almost no snow on the entire route (a path was cleared through what remained), but the cables were not yet "up". Awesome sunrise on top of Half Dome!
Posted Jun 19, 2011 12:17 pm

mjp20kCables route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 1996


A long day, left the valley floor at noon and returned at 9 PM.
Posted Jun 6, 2011 5:47 pm

harryquachCrowded Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2004


Nice hike, many people along the trail
Posted Jun 2, 2011 12:23 pm

triyodaCables Down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2010


I can't imagine what a zoo this place is when the cables are up.
Posted May 13, 2011 7:42 pm

cwharringtonlawCable-Town  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009
Camped in position to be the first up the cables in the morning. Pulled myself up using both cables without the usual mob present. Lingered a bit long and bumped into the crowd as I was coming down. As such, descent took much longer.
Posted May 12, 2011 1:46 pm

DenjemClimbed it  Sucess!


Went to do snake dike. Went up the cables instead. Didn't like carring my climbing gear on a day hike. Snake dike, you will be mine.
Posted May 12, 2011 12:25 pm

Niels79Halfdome night hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009


Fantastic view
Posted Apr 16, 2011 10:19 pm

HaddadbGreat but long day hike.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2010


Climbed with Steven Bradley and Jon Berry from Happy Isles.
Posted Apr 16, 2011 12:39 pm

MonopoleHot Day  Sucess!


Got an early start (4am), and made it to the summit before the hordes arrived. Down in the valley, it was over 100F in the early afternoon!
Posted Apr 12, 2011 4:17 pm

ZarathustraMist Trail up -> cables -> JMT down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2011


This was truly one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I've ever done. I heartily second all the rave reviews of other climbers. That said, here's what kinda sucked about it. There were a ton of people on the trail, even though it was a Thursday. I guess there's just no such thing as a slow day in Yosemite in August. Sharing the trail is fine, but lines at the cables represented a real bottleneck, and the real problem is the one or two people who freeze in terror on their way up or down.

The other thing is that the top of Half Dome actually presents a slightly disappointing view - in the sense that Yosemite's most defining feature isn't in sight because it's under your feet.

Bring a water filter and watch for the spring behind the log about 3/4 of the way up.

My party included my wife Lynda (aka Zarathustraswife), daughter Alexa (18), son Nathan (16), Sarah, David, Danny and Kellie.

Time on the trail (or lazing about off the trail): 6am - 6pm

Wildlife sightings included a pretty big rattlesnake, and Zack and Cody from the Disney Channel.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 10:55 pm

ZarathustraswifeMist Trail up, JMT down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2010


This was the hardest hike to date that I have done. I hiked this with my husband, step-daughter, step-son, 2 brothers, sister and sister-in-law. We hiked the Mist trail up and the John Muir trail down. I believe we finished this hike in about 16 hours. The stairs at Mist trail and the ascent/descent of Sub-Dome were the most challenging parts of the hike for me. The hardest part about the cables was waiting for people who were too scared to move, holding up the line.

Posted Mar 21, 2011 4:18 pm

Kristin5berryGreat firsts  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008


My first time to Yosemite and this climb changed my view for the great:)
Posted Feb 10, 2011 4:13 am

mountainmattCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2006


Camped at Quarter Domes after another season in the High Sierra.
Posted Feb 7, 2011 7:52 pm

ShinLV11 days backpacking trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010


I went to Yosemite for 11 days backpacking trip. On the 9th day, I started from top of Clouds Rest then hiked up to Half Dome, then down to Yosemite Valley.
It was 8,500 ft of total elevation Loss with 40lbs backpack.
My trip album
Posted Feb 6, 2011 1:04 pm

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