Half Dome

Half Dome is a peak that rises nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level. Because of its intense incline, it offers a strenuous challenge for many hikers. George Anderson traversed the peak to its summit in 1875, blazing the trail for today’s cable route.

Many people strive to reach the summit, whether in or out of breath.

If you plan to hike Half Dome, you must be prepared for the arduous journey that lies ahead of you.  You will be gaining elevation for a total of 4,800 feet, which is most of the way to the top of Half Dome.  Though strenuous, the energy invested in the hike is certainly worth the effort.  Along the trail you will enjoy spectacular views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Half Dome, and, from the shoulder and summit, panoramic views of Yosemite Valley and High Sierra.

On average, it takes about 10 to 12 hours to hike to Half Dome and back.  Be sure to carry a flashlight or a headlight with good batteries in case you run into unanticipated darkness on your return.

The most famous part of the Half Dome hike is the ascent up the cables.  The two metal cables that lace the side of the mountain allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet to the summit without rock climbing equipment.  You should be cautious on this route and act responsibly to avoid injuries on this route.

Half Dome image from Wikipedia.com

Half Dome image from Wikipedia.com

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