To avoid the crowds we climbed at night. Left camp at 3:30am and enjoyed a sunrise breakfast at the top. Only one other group up there besides us, but there were a lot more on the way up when we were coming down.....surprising for late Sept.
After climbing Mount Whitney two days earlier, I was not satisfied and needed more elevation. I took the standard route to the top. Great views!!!
Climbed with Kris. Started from Happy Isles trailhead at 5am, roped up at 9:15, topped out route by 1:15pm. Lots of people up top, where we spent about a half hour snacking, taking pics, etc. Started down the cables route at 2:30, back at the car around 5pm.
Fortunately we were the first party on the route, but there were immediately 10 people behind us. We let a YMS guide & client pass us. Kris led pitches 1,3,5,7 and I led 2,4,6,8 (including the 5.7 friction traverse). The cables descent was seriously crowded. The weather was pretty much perfect, and views fabulous.
Gear: 60m rope, set of nuts, cams from black alien to 0.75 C4, 6 trad draws, one double length sling, 2 cordelettes, a couple of other slings and biners. Felt like plenty of gear.
Probably could have started earlier than we did - got a bit off route on the approach, and spent some time looking for the start.
Discussion with my wife determined that that only way to reduce the crowds to an acceptable level would be to do the hike at night. So the next full moon up we went. Left Happy Isles at 2:40, up to the top by 6:16 plenty of time before sunrise. Only ~30 people on top.
One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever been on. Perfect day and the views never stopped to amaze. Crowds were there, but the experience was still very enjoyable.
On Sept 10, I left Happy Isles at 2:45am and reached the top via the standard cables route at 8:45am. (6hrs) Spent an hour at the top and came back down to happy isles by 2:30pm. I took the Mist trail to Vernal falls, but then "lost" it in the dark and ended up going JMT to Nevada falls. On the way back down, I came by the Mist trail all the way, since it's shorter. I was very sore before I started, since I had just climbed Whitney the day before, and only did this hike on a whim the next day since I saw Half Dome rising from the valley when I pulle dover at Olmstead point on the drive back. Beautiful to be on the summit without crowds. There was no one on the cables when I went up, but people were starting to arrive when I was on the way down. Only 4-5 people seemed to have summitted earlier than me that morning.
Fun hike up the Cables Route. Spectacular views from the top.
I lead a small group up halfdome. Great hike.
Climbed it the first time as part of a backpack trip from Sunrise Lakes trailhead. I still remember being amazed by the exposure standing on the diving board.
Climbed it a 2nd time as a dayhike from the valley with a friend from Nepal. With no training and uncomfortable boots he still kicked my butt.
First long hike after 8 years of inactivity. IB issues, but it was a successful day.
Third time was nice but the first I'll never forget.
My sister and I climbed this on a trip with Holly and Leslie. I found the date on the back of the photo! The bears got our food above Nevada Falls (this was before the days of bear boxes), but we were not to be denied that photo on the overhang at the summit. 5000 ft of nothing but air!!! Whahooooooooo
One of my favorite hikes - I love the beauty and power of the falls on the Mist Trail. My fifth time - and I love it even more every time I summit!
Me and my girlfriend enjoyed the summit to ourselves (almost, for the exception a nice guy me met on the way). I can't imagine climbing the cables later with all the crowds. We heard the day before there was a 45-minute wait to use the cables, and that there was between 200-300 people on the summit at one time. F@#% that!
FUN! This hike is steep! The cables were a blast--much easier coming down than I thought.
Climbed in about 3.5 hours to the top. Many people despite an early start. A great climb and wonderous views! Got in a traffic jam on the trail back on the mist trail :( But was still very much worth it
Made it up and back down the cables with Bud, Trent, and Stephen after coming down from Sunrise Lakes Trailhead and Clouds Rest. More strenuous than I thought it would be, but more than worth it for the views and experience!
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!
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.