Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park - Address, Ticket Price
Address: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California USA
Ticket Price: 13 USD
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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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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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!
The magnificence of Half Dome cannot be understated. Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Yosemite Valley and countless other granite domes can be seen from Glacier Point. Late April through early June is the best time to see the falls. Climbing Half Dome, an experience of a life time and an arduous hike, requires a permit.
This hike should be on everyone’s bucket list! Such a great hike with fantastic views and wildlife. If you have never been, GO!
"Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. Keep close to Nature’s heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. The mountains are calling and I must go." john muir