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.
Awesome views of Half Dome and Cloud's Rest. An easy hike for a nice half day outing.
Not sure this should count as a "summit" since it is downhill class 1 from Porcupine Creek. Stopped off at North Dome on my way from 120 to Yosemite Valley.
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Easy hike, and fantastic view of Half Dome on a cloudless day.
Nice hike from the north side. Great views of Half Dome.
We did this as a warm-up for Half Dome the next day. The trail actually goes down in elevation and you must climb it on the return. The view of Half Dome from the top is one of the best. We hiked to Indian Arch on the way back.
My partner Larry S. and I ran out of water near pitch six!! We now have a good idea of what the early sourdoughs felt like stumbling out of the desert gasping for a cup of water!!
Wanted a short hike on the way back to San Francisco from Mammoth. Couldn't have asked for a better day or better views of Half Dome and Clouds Rest.
Great day! We didn't start until 12:15, due to laziness in leaving Palo Alto. I had always wanted to do this as a dayhike. It's fairly challenging in terms of total elevation gained (~6000 ft.) and distance (something like 16 miles). Luckily our group (sister-in-law Rachel and friends Antoine and Jesse) moved fast and made it back to the trailhead just as headlamps became necessary (19:45). Wonderful warm day with clear air and no troublesome snow.
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Walking along treeline slightly chilly.
More a downhill hike than a climb. Camped right on the dome for an excellent sunset/sunrise.
An interesting route, especially the beginning of the 3rd pitch (traverse around to the shallow cracks). Climbed with Brad Rassler.
Lots of fun corners and mantles. III, 5.8 is appropriate, and a little runouts in spots.
I didn't think the North Dome Gully descent could get any worse. But we descended towards Mt Watkins and down, which although a straight shot into the gully, adds a load of bush scramling down slabs. Geesh..
July 28, 2002, Yosemite Falls trail: Dayhike up to Yosemite Falls, Eagle Peak, back around via North Dome and the Snow Creek trail. North Dome has perhaps the most spectacular view of Half Dome in the park. Great day, if a bit tiring for me at that time.
July 16, 2006: After climbing Norman Clyde the day before, I was pretty beat and looking for something easier. Decided to hike out to North Dome from Hwy 120 on my way back to the Bay Area. Excellent views as always.
after doing our first grade V, s.face washington column, we crashed in the manzanitas and climbed this one the next morning. not that great actually, unless you really, really like slabs, and lots of them.
Gotta love those climber descent routes. Class 3-4 route to the top of Washington Column, followed by more climber and animal trails plus bushwhacking around the west side of North Dome to the summit. The descent down Indian Canyon is another class 3-4 route (without climber trail) that gets you down to Ahwanee Meadow - much better than Yosemite Falls Trail! Trip Report.
Fun hike, super views of Half Dome, and really interesting side-trip to Indian Rock, but scenery was slightly marred by smoke from mgmt. fires burning in northern Yosemite. Trip report and pics are here.
2nd time up this dome by the same route. This time was with a geography field methods class from UNR. The views of Half Dome from North Dome are unbelievable.
Strolled out to N.Dome with bearbnz and our field class the day after doing Conness at night. Made great time, and ended up having to wait for an hour or so at each end for the class to show up. Sweet view of Half Dome.
Indian Arch along the way pretty cool, as was being on top of the dome. Great view. Provided a gentle acclimation hike before starting a backpack in K.C. NP the next day.