Camped out on top of North Dome the night before. Superb views, superb climb.
Holy laybacking! Definitely the theme of this climb. MichaelJ and I climbed the route from the Porcupine Creek trail head, starting at 7:30AM. The hike to the dome was easy, but we spent a lot of time thrashing around in the bushes after going cross country, trying to find the start of the climb. We started on the route at 11:00AM and topped out at 3:40PM. There were some annoying bushes to thrash past on the route and a ton of laybacking. We did it in 6 pitches and I led pitches 2,4,6 (basically pitches 3,5,7,8 in Supertopo). Overall a good climb, but maybe not worth the effort of the approach.
Easy day hike from Tioga Road. Great view of Half Dome, Cloud's Rest and Tenaya Canyon. I also had fine views of a traffic jam in Yosemite Valley - at least I wasn't stuck in it.
Back in 2002, remember it being a fairly easy hike with outstanding views
Lotsa views for little effort... and Half Dome looks great from this vantage point. Had lunch in San Francisco, drove up to Tioga Pass and was still able to squeeze this little hike in before sunset.
Great long day hike with perfect weather.
Aug ?, 1998
...but made it. I had to abort a previous trip to the summit when I was younger for the same reason.
very nice day hike. beautiful views. best vantage point in yosemite...
nice hike, good views of eastern yv
Slabs can make you sore :-)
I couldn't resist taking Juan on his first hike overlooking Yosemeite Valley after he passed on the Sunrise Lakes-Clouds Rest-Half Dome-Happy Isles hike two days earlier. I was impressed by the scenic, uncrowded trail and the great views of Half Dome. Took about 3 and 1/2 hours including almost an hour taking in views around the dome. We had warmed up by hiking Pothole Dome and swimming in the Tuolomne River after closing up camp in Tuolomne Meadows.
A nice little hike from Highway 120 - nice to get away from the valley crowds. Still seemed crowded compared to SEKI though!
Dayhiked this with my brother the week before dayhiking Half Dome. The trail was mostly though woods past Yosemite Point, so if I were to do it again, it would be via Tenaya Canyon. Incredible view of half dome from the summit.
Quick hike in and out and then on to Tioga Pass area to check on conditions, made for a nice day.
Climbed the SouthFace in the Fall of '04 with a few buddies. A LONG day.
Good hike. View was "okay" by Yosemite standards.
Turned this into a great 11+ mile one way hike from Tioga road to Yosemite Valley. Too bad the waterfall was dry, but the day use area at the top of the falls is very interesting. The granite is polished and very smooth with lots of neat crystal clear pools, saw quite a few trout in the pools.
Three of us hit North Dome during a 3-day backpack in Yosemite. Started at the bottom of the falls and came out by Mirror Lake. Great views of the valley from the top of North Dome.
climb of S. Face after ascent of Royal Arches