Day hike via the tourist route...beautiful sceneries but super crowded on Memorial day weekend.
Took a side trip to Clarks Point, watched a Grouse and her 4 chicks. Took excellent pics of the back side of Half Dome. Ascended with no trouble for a nice lunch by 11am. Stopped above Nevada Falls for a cold drink and a cold dip in the water. Arrived back in Curry Village with a very unpleasant left knee. Other than that it was a great day.
Twice up the cables, next time will be Snake Dike.
Hiked w/ roommate and his co-workers, started at first light (camped in Yosemite Valley) and a lot of people were already on the trail. Got to the summit a little after noon. Went up the cables (used garden gloves from Home Depot, I would recommend a pair that fits snug and has a good grip, not garden gloves!!!). The summit was great, but the cables were jam-packed. I would recommend starting earlier and getting to the cables before lunch to beat the crowd. Stopped to rest on the way down above Vernal Falls, lots of people were lounging and playing in the water. Great hike and unbelievable views!!!
I've been up Half Dome a couple of times and I have to say that starting the hike at 2am because there's no place to camp in the valley is the best way to do it. The best part is the looks you get from the people at the Curry Village bar when it's noon and you tell them you just got back from hiking Half Dome.
In 1996 a rockslide closed the Happy Isles trailhead. Wanting to fulfill a deep desire to hike Half Dome, I cobbled together a hike from Mono Meadows. Thinking it would be a stretch at 20 miles round trip, I began in the dark. I learned Illouette creek does not have a bridge. I did summit and finish in a stupor, where I learned that I had mis-added - and the true mileage was 30 miles. Ouch.
Awesome Day out with Joseph - super light rack and half rope added some excitement!
Fun wow! I wonder if I would have dreamed of moving to Cali were it not for this roadtrip?
Did the cable route a couple times later when we lived in the bay area.
It used to be my annual event to hike up to Half Dome, until this year when I witnessed a Japanese hiker feel off the cable to his death. What a tragedy!
Started hiking at 4 am to get to snake dike. We got off-route but got reset in the right direction. We finished the climb around 6:30 when the sun was setting. We booked it to the top but we were too late and couldn't find the cables in the dark. We huddled in a nest of pine needles until SAR got us at 1:30 am. We returned to camp at 5 am.
I can't believe the park lets people go up this thing. I used climbing shoes, a harness, and clipped a daisy chain to the cables; I guess I know too much (not).
I have summited Half Dome many times including by moonlight. In the summer of 2006 I left the cables after climbing half way because the freezing rain was driving me from the slick granite. Well the gun-ho new father behind me didn't want to wait and with his toddler strapped to his back he moved outside the cables and on up the wet rock to the top. I am surprised more people don't fall.
Beautiful, if a little crowded trail with great views of the valley. Cables were fun to climb both up and down.
Hiked Half Dome under a full moon and had the summit to ourselves at sunrise.
Almost ran up this thing, kinda silly because its a beautiful route. Crowds are of course expected, but we got on the second day the cables were up.
There's nothing wrong with my vocab, but it's tough thinking of adjectives to describe this climb. From Yosemite Valley, past waterfalls, through meadows, and finally up the rock. The cables section seemed steeper than shown in any picture, and the rock was worn smooth. It takes a little courage to make it, but it's definately worth it!
I used no gloves, but it seemed everyone else did. My palms and fingers are slightly calloused from pull-ups, maybe that was the key for me.
I was surprised by all the people, even at midweek in September. Came down on the outside of the cables, which was fast, but seemed to put the ascendant ones in a state of confusion about protocol. I'd guess my grip is stronger than average, again from the pull-ups.
I remember it was a long day and a beautiful hike. Lots of marmots up top and lots of Vitamin-I after it was all done.
Started bright & early at sunrise & completed approx. 4pm that afternoon. Definitely the toughest hike I've done in a day! Although it was a bit crowded, it was an amazing experience that I will never forget.
Drive into the valley took longer than expected, so got a late start. Pretty warm day. Fair amount of people, but went after Labor Day so crowds not bad, no wait at the cables. Seems like miles of stairs, goin up the Mist Trail, falls both flowing but just barely, wrong time of year to see these. Overall a good long day.