Half DomeCurrently Open
- Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA, United States
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: 13 USD
- Tags: Outdoors, Geological Formation, Trail, Family And Kids, Nature
Half Dome - Review
This is one of Yosemite’s prime goodies and it’s most distinct rock formation. It’s one of the park’s hardest trails yet - also one of it’s most crowded. So much so that the NPS has a yearly lottery system limiting the number of people who’re allowed to get to the top. The main lotteries are held March - April, and then a lottery for 50 passes daily is held and it is STILL crowded as anything. And no wonder the views are mind-blasting. The scariest bit of the trail is how steep it can suddenly become, especially as you’re ascending the cables. Visit in May, the waterfalls are the best then.
- 14.2 miles (22.7 km) round trip via Mist Trail.
- 16.5 miles (26.5 km) round trip via John Muir Trail.
- 20 miles (32 km) round trip via Glacier Point.
- 23 miles (37) km round trip via Tenaya Lake.
- 7 miles (11 km) round trip from Little Yosemite Valley Camp Ground.
Half Dome Information
- You can only request six permits per application.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Half Dome
95% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Half Dome in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
26.16% of people start their Half Dome visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Half Dome
94.25% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Half Dome
Half Dome Trips
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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park Reviews
The quintessential Yosemite hike. It'll make you hurt if you're not in shape for it and many a chicken have turned around at cables, but to those who persevere... glory awaits.
Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase hold to the rod. But seriously breathtaking views never regret going up. If I ever had the chance to do it again I would.
The highlight of my visit to Yosemite. As others mentioned, it's a 10+ hour hike as things can get backed up at the cables (even with limited numbers due to the lottery). Also, the park service recommends carrying 4 liters and I'll second that based on the warm June day I hiked it. I did not get in on the regular lottery, but did on the day before lottery. Oh, I did get cell reception on the top overlooking the valley.
First off, this is a permitted hike. It is a lottery system that happens in the spring of the year you plan to hike it. It’s not too hard to get permits, you just have to plan ahead. Once you have permits, it’s a great hike. We did it as a day hike, but I have a friend that always does it as an overnight (backpacking in to Little Yosemite Valley - different permit required). It’s long, and almost uphill the entire way there. But very beautiful, with varied terrain. We like the Mist Trail, as it keeps you right next to the river. You pass majestic waterfalls, tall pine forests, and glacial granite walls. Once you hit the “sub-dome,” you are nearly there, but be advised, the sub-dome is tough in its own right. The last part of the ascent is the infamous cables. Use them deliberately - people die here almost every year by using them carelessly. We brought some gloves. It just makes grabbing on to the cables more comfortable. Any type of good fitting glove that has grip and offers some protection for the palms of your hands will work. I like Mechanix gloves. The cables are not for those with problems facing mountain exposures. My wife only made it about 20 feet before having to turn around. She urged me to summit, so I scrambled to the top while she waited (others were doing the same). The view from the summit is impressive. It’s one of those reflective views, the type that make you feel small and insignificant. Grand. Worth the climb. Long hike down, but we rewarded ourselves with some pizza down at the village. I would recommend starting early. Parking becomes a major problem by late morning.
Strenuous hike. Be very careful at the cables. Views are breathtaking. Start early or it will be crowded