Half Dome

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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

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

  • 34.1% of people start their Half Dome visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Half Dome

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

92.83% 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

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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park Reviews

  • 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.

  • I did this hike two weeks ago and it took me 11.5 hours. I hiked in via the Mist Trail and hiked out via the John Muir trail (to avoid the bottleneck at the top of the falls). I brought 4.5 litres of water and wound up drinking 4 of those litres. This is such an incredible day hike! Highly recommend!

  • Amazing hike that spanned over 12 hours. Pack a lot of water for this one, very rewarding once you get to the top.

  • Great hike with amazing views on the way and from the top. Cables are secured but it remains a risky activity. Views from the top are great but they are also amazing on top of subdome and even before the subdome. Therefore if the weather is not good or if simply don't think you can do it, you should just stop before the cables.

  • Just amazing and spectacular views. Be ready for an 12+ hour hike from the valley floor. Hiking poles are highly recommended and good hiking shoes. The last stretch to the top of Half Dome is not for the faint hearted.

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