John Muir trail up, Mist trail down.
Left the parking lot at midnight, arrived on top around 5:30 a.m. We took a nice long break (45 minutes?) because we didn't want to arrive on top too soon and freeze ourselves before sunrise.
Sunrise was amazing. Highly recommended.
Took about as long to get down as it did to get up.
Suggestion for night hike: take JMT up (it's not as steep), Mist trail down (the waterfalls are absolutely amazing).
Cables twice, via Snake Dike once. No way to not have fun on this behemoth.
Hiked from Glacier Point, camped in Little Yosemite Valley. Ascended HD the next day and descended to Curry Village. Toughest hike yet. Trip Report
Cables route as a dayhike, made a loop - up on JMT, down on mist trail. Someone wigged out on the cables during the descent, making for a big traffic jam.
Cimbed the cables route.Left S.F. at 2am and returned at 11pm. Has to be the longest and dumbest day of my climbing life
NW Face, 1980.
First (climbing) trip to the Valley,I was sixteen, and climbed it with another 17 and 18 year old. My first wall. We had two of these new fangled things they called "Friends." All the rest was stoppers, hexes and youthful enthusiasm.
Snake Dike, the early '90s
Soloed it after a buddy and I go stormed off Mescalito and were on pout patrol. Next time I'll look at a top before leaving the rope at home.
My worst ascent was hiking up the cable to meet some friends on the NW Face and help them carry their gear down. I carried just a pack with two ropes and some gear but no sleeping bag, etc. Spent a long cold night on the summit only to find they bailed and day and a half earlier.
We started in the valley around 445am. Wait at the base for two hours for three parties to clear. I would avoid Sat and early season next time.
Hiked via the Mist Trail and came back using the JMT. Absolutely beautiful ~16.5 mile hiking day, best of course to start early to beat the crowds (we started ~6am).
Whew what a long hike. It was well worth it though. I loved the cables at the last part of the ascent. My feet were killing me at the end of the day. Total was 17.5 miles.
My first hike in the Sierras, used cables to get up, spectacular views.
Very difficult hike for me at the time. The three of us ran out of water at the top and almost literally sprinted down the mountain. It was a very hot day and we were desperate for water. Got down to our camp in just over an hour (that's how fast we were going/desperate we were for water). I would like to go back, but will bring better shoes, since my previous pair would not grip the side of half dome (had to completely rely on the cables/wooden planks).
Climbed with a service buddy while stationed with the Coast Guard in San Fran. A wonderful climb.
Awesome hike. They were doing contruction on the route near the cables so the trail wasn't as crowded.
Beautiful summer day hike
Beautiful hike on a beautiful day. Good practice run for the Whitney Main Trail. Met lots of nice people along the way, though I'm glad we got an early start (5:30 am), so we hit the cables before the crowd. The cables were not as daunting as I had feared.
MIST TRAIL DAYHIKE
Hiked from the village to Cloud's Rest to spend the night, then over to Half Dome and back to the village. I had rock climbed quite a bit before, but after this trip, I became completely addicted to the outdoors!
Climbed Snake Dike with my friend Jason on my 21st birthday. Went down the Cables Route. Had my first legal beer in the bar at the Yosemite Lodge that night.
Day hike via the tourist route...beautiful sceneries but super crowded on Memorial day weekend.