A long day, left the valley floor at noon and returned at 9 PM.
Nice hike, many people along the trail
I can't imagine what a zoo this place is when the cables are up.
Camped in position to be the first up the cables in the morning. Pulled myself up using both cables without the usual mob present. Lingered a bit long and bumped into the crowd as I was coming down. As such, descent took much longer.
Went to do snake dike. Went up the cables instead. Didn't like carring my climbing gear on a day hike. Snake dike, you will be mine.
Climbed with Steven Bradley and Jon Berry from Happy Isles.
Got an early start (4am), and made it to the summit before the hordes arrived. Down in the valley, it was over 100F in the early afternoon!
This was truly one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I've ever done. I heartily second all the rave reviews of other climbers. That said, here's what kinda sucked about it. There were a ton of people on the trail, even though it was a Thursday. I guess there's just no such thing as a slow day in Yosemite in August. Sharing the trail is fine, but lines at the cables represented a real bottleneck, and the real problem is the one or two people who freeze in terror on their way up or down.
The other thing is that the top of Half Dome actually presents a slightly disappointing view - in the sense that Yosemite's most defining feature isn't in sight because it's under your feet.
Bring a water filter and watch for the spring behind the log about 3/4 of the way up.
My party included my wife Lynda (aka Zarathustraswife), daughter Alexa (18), son Nathan (16), Sarah, David, Danny and Kellie.
Time on the trail (or lazing about off the trail): 6am - 6pm
Wildlife sightings included a pretty big rattlesnake, and Zack and Cody from the Disney Channel.
This was the hardest hike to date that I have done. I hiked this with my husband, step-daughter, step-son, 2 brothers, sister and sister-in-law. We hiked the Mist trail up and the John Muir trail down. I believe we finished this hike in about 16 hours. The stairs at Mist trail and the ascent/descent of Sub-Dome were the most challenging parts of the hike for me. The hardest part about the cables was waiting for people who were too scared to move, holding up the line.
My first time to Yosemite and this climb changed my view for the great:)
Camped at Quarter Domes after another season in the High Sierra.
I went to Yosemite for 11 days backpacking trip. On the 9th day, I started from top of Clouds Rest then hiked up to Half Dome, then down to Yosemite Valley.
It was 8,500 ft of total elevation Loss with 40lbs backpack.
My trip album
Hiked to Half Dome & Clouds Rest from Tenaya Lake. Perfect weather!
Have hiked it 3 times up the cables but finally bagged Snake Dike the day after Thanksgiving during a relatively warm spell back in like 2000. Sublime. "friction forever" after the climb ends is no lie, it's a classic calf burner. Descending the cables laying against the rock was interesting but easy.
I don't remember when, but I've hiked this a couple times. Need to come back for Snake Dike.
I backpacked in from Tuolumne Meadows up to Clouds Rest to Half Dome then to the Valley.
Third time to Half Dome.
I have done this hike a few times now, always through the cable route as a day hike of 8-10 hours. The toughest was in 100F heat with 1.5 liters of water! It is one of the coolest hikes in Yosemite with the cables making it quite fun. Unfortunately you do not get the 360-view feeling (that you get on Cloud's rest or eagle peak, for example) because the top of the dome is so big.