This hike is a memory for life and the jewel of the crown Yosemite! It is streneous and a bit scary to climb up the so called cables but the views of the granite mountains is something of a kind.
Starting/Finishing Point: Happy Isles bus stop (also the stop for Vernon and Nevada Falls trail)
Distance: 23 kilometres
Length of Time: 10-12 hours (be sure to be back before sunset)
Ascent/Descent: +/- 1 500 metres
Certificate: You need a certificate to climb Half Dome. These are granted through a lottery.
Water along the way: No
Shoes to choose: Trail running shoes
The hike to Half Dome
The first part of this famous hike is strenous, but easy to walk since there are 600 granite steps all the way up to Vernon Falls and then a steep rocky path further up to Nevada Falls. After the Nevada Falls the trail is more or less flat for several kilometres as you actually walk around the Half Dome to the other side of it.
After this there is a long ascent up to where the (in)famous cables climb starts. The cables actually allow you to climb up 120 metres steep on the granite without climbing equipment to the very summit of Half Dome. This part of the hike has terrified more than one person. You may not climb the cables if it is raining or is windy. The view from the top is for sure absolutely stunning.
Going down the cables is probably even more scary for most of us so be sure to be enough fit to go both up and down.
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