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jtostenrRoute Climbed: Porcupine Creek Trail Date Climbed: June 29, 2005  Sucess!


Nice hike from the north side. Great views of Half Dome.
Posted Jul 5, 2005 3:27 am

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Porcupine Creek Trail Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2004  Sucess!


We did this as a warm-up for Half Dome the next day. The trail actually goes down in elevation and you must climb it on the return. The view of Half Dome from the top is one of the best. We hiked to Indian Arch on the way back.
Posted May 1, 2005 10:20 pm

jtreeRoute Climbed: Crest Jewel direct start (10d) Date Climbed: September 2004  Sucess!


My partner Larry S. and I ran out of water near pitch six!! We now have a good idea of what the early sourdoughs felt like stumbling out of the desert gasping for a cup of water!!
Posted Feb 28, 2005 12:47 pm

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: From 120 Date Climbed: Aug 8 2004  Sucess!


Wanted a short hike on the way back to San Francisco from Mammoth. Couldn't have asked for a better day or better views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest.
Posted Aug 13, 2004 10:30 pm

mpbroRoute Climbed: via Yosemite Falls Trail Date Climbed: 24 April 2004  Sucess!


Great day! We didn't start until 12:15, due to laziness in leaving Palo Alto. I had always wanted to do this as a dayhike. It's fairly challenging in terms of total elevation gained (~6000 ft.) and distance (something like 16 miles). Luckily our group (sister-in-law Rachel and friends Antoine and Jesse) moved fast and made it back to the trailhead just as headlamps became necessary (19:45). Wonderful warm day with clear air and no troublesome snow.

More photos here
Posted Apr 28, 2004 4:20 pm

roadsidefireRoute Climbed: from Upper Yosemite Fall Date Climbed: June 1999  Sucess!


Walking along treeline slightly chilly.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 4:07 am

derbillyRoute Climbed: Porcupine Creek Trail Date Climbed: September 15, 2002  Sucess!


More a downhill hike than a climb. Camped right on the dome for an excellent sunset/sunrise.
Posted Feb 24, 2004 3:13 am

Dave DinnellRoute Climbed: South Face Date Climbed: Oct. 1996  Sucess!

Dave Dinnell

An interesting route, especially the beginning of the 3rd pitch (traverse around to the shallow cracks). Climbed with Brad Rassler.
Posted Jan 14, 2004 1:21 am

brandonRoute Climbed: South Face (Pratt Route) Date Climbed: May 2003  Sucess!


Lots of fun corners and mantles. III, 5.8 is appropriate, and a little runouts in spots.

I didn't think the North Dome Gully descent could get any worse. But we descended towards Mt Watkins and down, which although a straight shot into the gully, adds a load of bush scramling down slabs. Geesh..
Posted Jun 14, 2003 11:10 am

Matthew HollimanBest views of Half Dome in Yosemite  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2002

Matthew Holliman

July 28, 2002, Yosemite Falls trail: Dayhike up to Yosemite Falls, Eagle Peak, back around via North Dome and the Snow Creek trail. North Dome has perhaps the most spectacular view of Half Dome in the park. Great day, if a bit tiring for me at that time.

July 16, 2006: After climbing Norman Clyde the day before, I was pretty beat and looking for something easier. Decided to hike out to North Dome from Hwy 120 on my way back to the Bay Area. Excellent views as always.
Posted Dec 13, 2002 11:37 pm

kullabergRoute Climbed: crest jewel, .10a (barely) Date Climbed: may 89  Sucess!


after doing our first grade V, s.face washington column, we crashed in the manzanitas and climbed this one the next morning. not that great actually, unless you really, really like slabs, and lots of them.
Posted Nov 30, 2002 11:31 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: North Dome Gully (ascent) / Indian Canyon (descent) Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

Gotta love those climber descent routes. Class 3-4 route to the top of Washington Column, followed by more climber and animal trails plus bushwhacking around the west side of North Dome to the summit. The descent down Indian Canyon is another class 3-4 route (without climber trail) that gets you down to Ahwanee Meadow - much better than Yosemite Falls Trail! Trip Report.
Posted Nov 4, 2002 4:02 pm

adampaulRoute Climbed: Porcupine Creek Trail from Tioga Rd. Date Climbed: 19 October, 2002  Sucess!


Fun hike, super views of Half Dome, and really interesting side-trip to Indian Rock, but scenery was slightly marred by smoke from mgmt. fires burning in northern Yosemite. Trip report and pics are here.
Posted Oct 24, 2002 8:03 pm

bearbnzRoute Climbed: Tourist trail from Porcupine Creek Date Climbed: September 29, 2002  Sucess!


2nd time up this dome by the same route. This time was with a geography field methods class from UNR. The views of Half Dome from North Dome are unbelievable.
Posted Sep 27, 2002 6:01 pm

ScottySRoute Climbed: Main tourist trail Date Climbed: Sept 29, 2001  Sucess!


Strolled out to N.Dome with bearbnz and our field class the day after doing Conness at night. Made great time, and ended up having to wait for an hour or so at each end for the class to show up. Sweet view of Half Dome.
Posted Aug 14, 2002 10:14 am

mpyleRoute Climbed: Trail from 120 Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!


Indian Arch along the way pretty cool, as was being on top of the dome. Great view. Provided a gentle acclimation hike before starting a backpack in K.C. NP the next day.
Posted Aug 12, 2002 7:54 am

kletterwebbiRoute Climbed: W-Face Date Climbed: September 2000  Sucess!


We have spent a very long but great day there. First we climbed up the Royal Arches Route then we changed to the bottom of the W-Face of the North-Dome.

There we've found some bushes, a rattlesnake and a good climb (5.8) - wow ...
Posted Apr 25, 2002 6:04 am

Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: Aug 1988  Sucess!

Bob Burd

13 hikers of all abilities set off on a loop hike, climbing via Yosemite Falls, returning via Snow Creek. The best prepared had several quarts of water, snacks, sunscreen. The worst prepared brought little more than their weed and pipe. 2 turned back at the top of Yosemite Falls, 4 more turned back at Yosemite Point. 7 of us made it to North Dome, where festivities included a group mooning and shots of Nitrous Oxide (that had to be a first). We lost two more hikers who'd had enough and hiked out to Tioga Rd where they hitched a ride back to the Valley. We shared our water with those who hadn't brought any, but ran out long before reaching North Dome and had to take our chances with the stream water since we had no filter. 5 of us (including the three who had brought no water with them) made the full loop, returning after the end of a long day, tired, thirsty, and hungry - a perfect outing!
Posted Feb 12, 2002 3:20 pm

dshoeRoute Climbed: See Below..... Date Climbed: 05-95  Sucess!


This trip is one of the longest I have ever done. Started the hike at Mirror Lake, ascended the trail at the mouth of Tenaya Canyon to the Valley rim, then hiked north toward Hwy 120. Next, looped back around to the south to the summit of North Dome. Finished by hiking west along the Valley rim, from North Dome to the top of Yosemite Falls, then descended to the Valley floor via the Yosemite Falls Trail! This was about a 19 mile trip, in one day. Needless to say, my legs were fairly sore by the time I got back to the Valley! It was an awesome experience though, and I would definitely do it again!
Posted Dec 21, 2001 9:35 am

JohnRoute Climbed: NW Slope + bushwacking via Indian Rock / Tioga Road Date Climbed: October 14, 2001  Sucess!


I thought Indian Rock and North Dome would be an easy hike... little did I realize this would turn into a bushwacking and route-finding mini-adventure. The hike in from Porcupine Creek Trailhead on Tioga Road was easy enough and I had fun summiting Indian Rock (8522'), however when I got within 0.5 miles of North Dome I just lost my route-finding ability. With the trail a mere 30 feet away I veered west along a rock cliff for several hundred yards before I took some long class 2 friction slabs down to the trees where I started bushwacking my way back to North Dome. I found an intermittent and overgrown bushwacking trail but when I was about to turn around I saw a cairn just behind me underneath the trees to spur me on. I finally made it to the base of the NW Slope by hiking over a final 30' of manzinita, however, I found out my trail shoes could not handle the class 3 friction rock (higher angle here). I considered turning around but didn't want to bushwack again and ascend that class 2 slope without summiting. By traversing north (left) I found some lower angle class 2 friction that I was able to take up to the summit. I left via the standard trail which is obvious from the dome itself. I had actually considered giving up the summit just to get out of my situation, but laziness won as I thought it would be easier to make the summit and return via the normal route than bushwacking out. Basket Dome also looked very doable - though I'd want to bring rock shoes or Five Ten Guide Almighties to avoid disappointment ;-)

NOTE 1: If someone else wants to do some climbing on the NW Slope / W Face, I recommend bringing a twig cutter to clear the branches along the bushwacking route. The standard hiking trail is along the North Slope.

NOTE 2: I highly recommend this hike (without bushwacking). The view of Basket Dome, Clouds Rest, and Half Dome is tremendous and larger than life (well, this is life, larger than one normally expects anyway ;-). Better than an IMAX movie! I'll put together a panoramic photo when I have time.
Posted Oct 15, 2001 12:50 am

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