Half Dome
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Major rock formation in Yosemite.
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RyanIrwin29
3 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Half dome was one of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done. We started at the valley floor and made it up the cables. It can be done in a day, but it’s a serious hike. Need to start before the sun comes up and be prepared for most of the day. Take plenty of water and snacks. Gloves and harnesses are recommended to go up the cables.
Written February 24, 2024
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Waddler
York, UK10,116 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
An iconic landmark, very scenic and interesting wherever it is viewed from.

I did not climb it, but it forms the centrepiece of views from Columbia Rock, Glacier Point, Washburn Point, Panorama Trail etc.

One of the most interesting formations I've seen anywhere.
Written September 6, 2023
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Sam
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia12,098 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
One of the most beautiful rocks in the park. Very picturesque. It can be seen from multiple parts of the Valley and while driving
Written July 1, 2023
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,242 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Half Dome Delivers a Tremendous View!! We were excited to see this massive structure of Rock and the photo opps are just tremendous.
Written June 24, 2023
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,329 contributions
May 2023
Half Dome is a magnificent granite peak in Yosemite National Park. It is very recognizable. It looks like it was domed peak that someone cut in half. Not only is it remarkable, but it is surrounded by other remarkable peaks and waterfalls such as Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. It is a beautiful sight in Yosemite and one of the major landmarks in the park. Our family thoroughly enjoyed seeing this magnificent natural attraction.
It is possible to hike up Half Dome, but you need to secure a permit from the National Park Service to do so. It is also a long and strenuous hike with lots of challenging sections. It is not for the faint of heart or those unprepared.
Written June 10, 2023
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Balasubramanian R
Chennai (Madras), India758 contributions
Oct 2022
Half Dome is one of the icon in the Yosemite valley. It is a rock formation in the valley and it is a granite dome. One side is face and the other three sides round. It looks like a dome cut in to half and it is called as half dome.
Written October 24, 2022
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Susan H
Tacoma, WA2,617 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
Very cool geological formation that can viewed at various locations throughout the park. It is a amazing to see what nature can do.
Written October 4, 2022
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ron c
Finksburg, MD701 contributions
Sept 2022
Well, i didn't win the half dome hike lottery and my wife was not likely to hike it anyway, but i got close and was able to see some great views of Half Dome from a variety of perspectives across Yosemite Valley. Loved the sunset views!
Written October 2, 2022
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Prego51
Chicago, IL749 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I did a 3 day back packing trip into Yosemite with the highlight a trip up the cables to the top of Half Dome! It was a bucket list trip!!
Written August 23, 2022
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AdventureGal
Sacramento, CA13 contributions
Jun 2022
We hiked up half dome last weekend. We were a group of 6 (3 adults-2M/1F in their late forties, two 17 yrs old boys and one 13 yr old girl). The adults had been practicing hiking every Sunday for last 2+ months. Kids only went hiking couple of times. On the hike day we woke up by 4:30 and got ready to leave House Keeping camp by 5:15. We parked at the trail head parking and at 5:40 am we were at the Happy Isles to start our hike.
We reached Vernal falls by 6:40 am, and took 45 mins break there for breakfast and restroom.
We reached Nevada Falls by 8:15 am, took another break for snacks and restroom.
We walked the Little Yosemite valley, it felt long and never ending. We reached bottom of base dome by 11:30am.
We reached base of half dome by 12:15 pm. Climbing base dome was very tiring.
We started the cables section around 12:30 and reached the top by 12:50. I felt the cables was the most challenging and dangerous part of the hike.
We ate some snacks on top, posed for pics at the iconic lip/wedge and then started descending the cables around 1:30 since rain was in the forecast.
Reached the bottom of the cables around 1:50, wind had picked up speed by then, it was blowing at 25m/h and it rained for couple mins which scared everyone.
We kept walking till we reached bottom of base dome where there was less wind. We ate our sandwiches for lunch and then started the long walk to Nevada Falls. It again seemed never ending. We soaked our tired feet in the river near Nevada falls and rested for some time and then took the John Muir trail to reach the foot bridge of Vernal falls. The 2 teenage boys were ahead of us and reached the parking 2 hrs before us. By the team we reached parking lot it was around 7pm. Overall it was a beautiful hike but everyone was exhausted by the end of it.
Written June 19, 2022
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