Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

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  • 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
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About Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

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

  • 46.3% of people plan their visit to Half Dome between 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Half Dome

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

94.53% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Half Dome

People normally club together Glacier Point and Vernal Fall while planning their visit to Half Dome.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park Reviews

  • The Half Dome hike was an AMAZING experience. Once in a lifetime! You do need to be in good shape to complete the hike, it took us about 16 hours. The cables were not as bad as some folks make them out to be, however, you do need to be someone in very good physical condition. Remember to slowly drink water and eat food on the way up and you will be good! The views and accomplishment are more than worth it!!!

  • As technology shrinks the world around us, it becomes more and more difficult to find ourselves truly lost in the outdoors. This makes the particular moments and scenes in which we truly can lose ourselves in the wondrous beauty of nature that much more special. I captured the accompanying image below of a tent on Half Dome’s “Diving Board” while camping in Yosemite National Park. Getting to the Diving Board was quite a challenge, as there is no official trail that leads to it. Nevertheless, for anyone who is prepared, careful, and respectful of nature, the reward upon arrival at the Diving Board is one of the most breathtaking views in all of Yosemite, in my opinion.

  • Part of Yosemite National Park attraction. I felt speechless when i saw this. I accomplished one of my dream to visit here. Great spot to shoot sunset here or sunrise. Easy visible when you pass along the road.

  • Hike to the top takes about 12 hours return and requires a permit to climb the cables. Bring gloves with grip. High elevation is very exposed no shade. Start the hike no later than 4am (use a headlamp) to reach summit before midday and get back before dark. Once in a lifetime experience!

  • This is a challenging hike, either from the valley, or the Little Yosemite campsite above the falls. Bring more water than you think you need, as there is None on trail for the upper 3 miles, and you will need it. Bring your own work gloves for the cable ascent...and pack them back out!

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