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kngalaricBeen up and down 5 times  Sucess!


Great hike even with the Disneylanders. Better to make it a point to point from Glacier Point down to the valley and have a car waiting.

Last time we went on opening Saturday, it was a zoo. People had to wait in line for the cables, we went up on the outside, and people were annoyed by this.

Who wants to wait in line for an hour to stand behind people who are out of shape and/or afraid of falling? Not me!
Posted Aug 9, 2006 2:00 am

GahugafugaThe Cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2004


Climbed on a weekday after tourist season. We pretty much had the summit to ourselves which meant we got all of the best nap spots. It sounds like this hike is more rewarding when you do it during the non-crowded times.
Posted Aug 7, 2006 2:16 pm

rasgoatgreat place!  Sucess!


standard route. when we got to the base of the cables there was a horde of people trying to come down and the ranger was contemplating closing the trail. when the horde subsided me and my friend paul made our way up the cables and were some of the few people on the summit above the scattered clouds. luckily we didnt get hit by lightning either!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 10:33 pm

rangermattMemorial Day '06  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006


Two-day trip, not too bad. Not as nice views as Clouds Rest, and way more crowded too. The cables were a fun adventure, though, and made it worthwhile!
Posted Aug 6, 2006 2:51 am

climberfirefighterA Must!  Sucess!
A must hike for all visitors!
Posted Aug 3, 2006 11:22 pm

Brandon FullerCables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2000

Brandon Fuller

First major hike for me. What an experience it was.
Posted Aug 1, 2006 7:20 am

RMdaytripsgrlFirst taste of climbing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 1999


Everyone must see this place before they die! Not exactly sure on the exact day of the climb, did this on the way out to the backcountry for 6 days. (But I know the day we got back to San Fran, we watched my Buffalo Sabres lose the stanley cup via "No GOAL"...HEARTBREAK AGAIN...) Took the Mist Trail/Cables route. Cables can cause severe pants crapping on first time...SWEET! First big climb,how can you not get hooked? Will forever be my favorite mtn in the world! Did it also again the following year via John Muir trail...much more fun to descend the Mist Trail vs. climb it with all your backcountry gear...:)
Posted Jul 26, 2006 8:03 pm

joe_akeemRoute Climbed: Standard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2003


Nice but too crowded for my liking...
Posted Jul 20, 2006 9:26 am

395guyI hate the cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2006


This was my second time up Half Dome (also in 2002). I forgot how much I hate the cables until I got there. I was about 10 minutes ahead of the 4 others from my group and I could have bolted up the cables at that time since there was a large gap up to the next group going up the cables. I waited though to make sure the others from my group were up for the challenge (especially the teenagers who had not done this climb). But now we ended up behind a slow couple and too many people were descending to pass them. My calves were cramping as we waited and waited from this couple to make slow progress up the cables. But they made it and so did we.

I had brought a kite with me to the top of Half Dome. Everyone on the trail that saw it sticking out of my pack thought it was a cool idea. I had tried to fly it 2 years ago on top of North Dome but there was no wind. I figured, surely there would be enough wind on Half Dome. I told my 3 kids to watch for it about noon. Unfortunately, the sporadic and chaotic winds on Half Dome thwarted all my attempts to get it in the air. Oh well. It was still a fun hike.

The quote of the day came from one of the teenagers in our group: "All this work for only half a peak. Next time I'm going to hike a whole peak."
Posted Jul 18, 2006 6:29 am

IdaClimberCrowded  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2005
Gotta do it if you are in YNP!!!
Posted Jul 10, 2006 9:20 pm

KoonsyRoute Climbed: Standard  Sucess!


What a fun hike. Can't wait to head back out that way and do it again
Posted Jul 9, 2006 3:46 pm

thebeave7Dayhike with Cloudsrest
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


A wonderful dayhike up from the valley. Started presunrise, and timed my summit perfectly so I was alone for 15min on the Sunday before 4th of July. Great views, nice bit of exposure too.
Posted Jul 5, 2006 5:27 am

Smithman123The Cables via Mist Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2006


We left the Bay area about 4am, and set out from the valley floor a little before 9am. Made it to the top by 1pm and returned to the valley floor to check out the other sites. It's a great hike, but bring lots of water as it can be uncomfortably hot after passing Vernal and Nevada Falls on the Mist Trail.
Posted Jul 1, 2006 10:29 pm

OJ LoennekerLong Hike!!! in 199?  Sucess!

OJ Loenneker

Hiked up this rock back when I was in high school with my Dad. We took the JMT to Little Yosemite Valley, and then up to the top of Quarter Dome.. We had to sort of scramble, and hold on to the cables, because the poles where not in place . The cables where just laying against the rock. We made it up and back down. I was amazed at the amount of lightning striked of this rock...
Returned to the trailhead via the mist trail/staircase... Whoooff.. that was a long day, and I sure was tired...
Posted Jun 24, 2006 10:22 am

taw6644Half Dome Mid June  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2006


I really like this hike. The scenary was great and the waterfalls are something else. I thought it looked a little daunting coming from the east. We picked a good day for it too. Sunny cool day. Not very many people on the trail. About 25 people max on the summit. You know, the cables were not as bad as I thought they would be.
Posted Jun 17, 2006 9:50 pm

sierramtngoatMist Trail/JMT/Cables  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2001


Dayhiked it with a full pack with my brother while training for Mount Rainier. This was my third time to the top, though this was my first dayhike from the Valley floor. Always a good one, and so close to the Bay Area. The other 2X were in Sept-89 with my Dad and again in Aug-99 with Maria.
Posted Jun 16, 2006 11:26 am

AshburtHalf Dome Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2005


This has been my 3rd time atop Half Dome, and everytime is the same...absolutely amazing!
Posted Jun 9, 2006 2:59 am

jleducSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2001


Up and down from the Valley in one day. Next time I'll camp at Little Yosemite.
Posted Jun 8, 2006 9:33 pm

CNC DaveHappy Isles to Mist Trail
Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

CNC Dave

Great hike with lots of water, wildlife, vistas, heat, mist more like torrential rain. Do this dude in May or early June for big
waterfall volume. Took us about 10 hours. Take your time and enjoy
all of the above. Lots of novice hikers on the dome, try to be
Posted Jun 7, 2006 2:38 am

downbootiesSnake Dike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2005


I had hiked up the cable route in October 2003, but Jon and I wanted to give Snake Hike a try. It was a little crowded at the base of the 5th class climbing with one party on pitch one when we arrived and 2 parties coming up as we were waiting to begin. The party ahead of us started simul-climbing when they hit the dike and the parties below us were slower, so soon we felt like we had the place to ourselves. I lead the first pitch and Jon lead the rest because I'm still not brave enough to lead runout stuff (even at 5.2, silly me). It was a little smokey, but still some stellar views.
Posted Jun 3, 2006 4:33 pm

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