We started at Glacier Point, took the Cables to the top, then descended via the Mist Trail into the Valley. If you have a shuttle this is a good route, though I would recommend descending the John Muir Trail to avoid the steep decline and the crowds. There was no ranger out checking permits this day either.
Just the standard classic hike - dayhike via Mist Trail on the way up and JM Trail on the way down. Not too crowded on the cables. Fun day.
I tore up my feet a little on this hike breaking in some mountaineering boots for the first time. Didn't realize that they break you instead. The weather was perfect thoroughly enjoyed the hike.
Redemption after failed 1st attempt in 2006. Great timing at end of summer season - only a third of regular crowd on the trail. Nothing beats the feeling of standing on top after conquering the cables!
Great 17 mile hike to the top of Half Dome with Y-Explore.
Nice stop along the JMT.
With Duane, great view and climb. Cables were closed for repairs, had the summit pretty much to ourselves for three hours.
Episode 1: The slow backpack method. My friend went into diabetic shock just before we reached camp. I got him to wash down some candy with OJ while he was incoherent, but before he passed out. No bears though, and a nice mellow pace.
Episode 2: Snake Dike, took this Norwegian hottie I'd recently met up this route, married her 3 years later. It's a good route for that kind of thing.
Episode 3: Started at Tenaya Lake, up Clouds Rest on our way to HD, then learned that the shuttle bus times had changed, so had to run all the way down the trail to the valley, made it with 20 minutes to spare, but no summit.
Second trip up to Half Dome, first when the cables were up. Great view from the top, of course!
One day hike to the to and back, what a day!
Cables w/ Dakota on his 8th B-day.
I've been up here by the cables route from Happy Isles three times (Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2010). Was worth breaking camp early and beating the crowds. Each time I went up and down just outside of the cables, which made a few people unhappy. But honestly, I felt much safer that way than sitting on my butt for 10 minutes behind someone who has stalled in between the cables.
My first Big Wall climb. Climbed in about 15 hours and camped back at the base. Climbed with an old friend, Mike Hunter.
Left at midnight and arrived atop half dome for sunrise. Just me, jarrod, matt, and travis, along with two other travelers on top at the end of august
Solo on the cables route. Left trailhead at 4:45AM and was glad I did. By the time I got down the cables around 10:30AM and the line was probably 75 people deep just to get on. No surprise the quota was established the following summer.
One of the best hikes I've done. Went with a big group this time, and most made the top. So much better on the cables with the quota system in effect.
Hike the cables route after stopping by at Clouds Rest. Even with the crowds I still had fun and will be back soon. With Dennis H.
I have approached this from nearly every angle. Valley Floor, Tuolomne, and Glacier Point. All great. Valley Floor is the toughest. The hike never gets old. It is scenic and challenging.
Went up the John Muir Trail and went back down the Mist Trail, and realized I should have done it the other way around just like most people do, upon seeing over a thousand people on the trail near Vernal Falls. The scenery at the beginning and end of this hike was awesome, but I didn't care much for the sandy trail in the middle. The cables were a lot of fun. See "Investigating the Hype" trip report for details.