Finally started early enough...and the weather was great all day, too.
What a cool climb up the cables. It is pretty funny to see all the funny webbing contraptions people come up with as a false sense of security. Overall cool. p.s. do the mist trail.
Day 1: up the death slabs (which are pretty tame, don't take the long trail), then fix 3 pitches. Day 2: blast to big sandy (pitch 17). Day 3: Top out and run down the mist trail. Destroyed for days afterwards.
A fun day in Yosemite. Creeping across the polished granite slabs on P1 was the crux. The run out sections of low 5th after that were fun and easy. Nice to get up this beautiful hunk of granite in off peak time. We saw 3 parties climbing Snake Dike. Cables were down so there were zero hikers and no traffic jams. This was the right time to go, I'd think.
My girlfriend, a friend, and I left Monday the 9th around 12:45 am and hit the cables at sunrise. We all were really glad we did it at night, beating the mobs of ya-hoos and having the cables to ourselves.
This was a night Hike. We left at 11:30 P.M. the night before. It was great, we beat the heat and the crowds. It was nice to see all of the tired face going up when we were coming done. I can now see why Half Dome is one of the must climb mountains!
Hey we did it at night also a couple days after you! What a great idea!
Start from Happy Isles... summit by noon... then hustle back so you can catch Happy Hour at Curry Village, and sip on a pitcher of beer while you wait for your pizza; all in the shadow of the monolith you've just topped. You couldn't ask for a better day hike if you ask me.
Great weather, great hike, great views.
Long day, started shortly after 5am. The cables are one of the coolest things I have done. A really great mountain.
An early start is the way to go to beat the crowds on this one. Started at 3:00 am by headlamp and caught the sunrise near the summit. No waiting on the cables. Round trip car to car in about 6 hrs, 45 min.
My first Sierra peak! The one that started it all and lead to one of my most interesting adventures one year later.
Cables route was great. Started at 6 am and saw ZERO people on the trail on the way up, besides 2 guys on snake dike. Unreal. Cables were "down" but I creeped up anyway. Best solo hike of all time. Saw a rattlesnake and 200 people on the way down.
Great day - but then again, what day of bagging a California icon isn't great?! Pretty windy on top. My camera started scooting across a flat rock. By the way, bike gloves are not a good way to grip the cables. Note to self...
Unbelievably beautiful backdrop, but I've never seen so many people on a trail before. Kids in ponchos and slip-on canvas shoes, girls in denim mini-skirts; I couldn't believe it. The traffic jam on the cables was pretty annoying and tedious, but as always I'm thankful for each step taken.
I'm in pretty lousy shape right now after 2 months laid up from a really nasty ankle sprain resulting from a trail run, but still made it easily enough. (Was that an awkward sentence or what?!)
Anyway, do this summit on a weekday if at all possible (though I'm not sure it'll help). It'll enhance your experience and appreciation.
First time in Yosemite; I can't wait to go back.
Fun day on the rock. Approached on Muir around the back side of Liberty Cap, which is longer yet less strenuous (and drier) than the Mist. Approach has a few "interesting" sections. Descended the down cables using a prusik for security...nice to have.
It would have been a typical hike up the cables except on that day an all girls high school had made it a requirement in order to graduate they had to summit half dome. I thought that was kind of cool. Their brother school had something similar in that they had to touch to floor of the Grand Canyon. I wish my high school had been that hip.
This was one of the most awesome hikes ive ever been on, I love the cables!
Just finished this summit last week and loved the hike. I made the summit with two female friends and did it round trip in 10 hours with the cables down. We used harnesses and did a sling around the cable, better then nothing. My first trip to Yosemite so it was nice to climb something while there.
Got to shoulder but didn't make the summit w/ the cables. The cables were down... I had already hiked 16 miles... hadn't really acclimatized at all and was coming from sea level...and other excuses.
It's a great hike. Gorgeous views.