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Half Dome

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Hiking, Rock climbing, Mountaineering
Traveler Description: NOTE: As of January 4th, 2013, Permits are still required seven days a week. For day hikers, permits are once again available by lottery.  The... more »
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Truckee, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This was the experience of a lifetime--but not for the faint of heart or those who are not in good shape.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The hike up was grueling. I was battling the fatigue from the stairs, altitude and heat. I would eat frequently, take breaks and consider some caffeine supplements (we had Cliff bloks). I am not afraid of heights and felt the cables were easy up and down. Sticky shoes make a huge difference. I think that contributed to my confidence as... More

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La Jolla, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Yes, it isn't the highest point in Yosemite, but is certainly the most iconic. The day hike is rather long, but definitely doable, starting in the valley. We chose to go up the John Muir and down the mist trail. John Muir is a bit longer, so less elevation less quickly, but we were able to move faster on the... More

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Oslo, Norway
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The trip to Half Dome is spectacular and should be experienced by everyone! I hadn't applied for permits prior to my visit, but got a walk-in-permit by showing up at 7am in the morning at the rangers office. Having seen photos from what the cables looked like before the permit system was put in place, I'm very happy it's there,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
31 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Would recommend it to anyone that loves a challenging hike. The trails are well marked and if you get on the trails early enough, you'll avoid the crowds.

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New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is a very unique hike and one that is not to be missed ! It's about 12 hours of hiking round trip; maybe less if you don't stop and enjoy the view, or you are incredibly fit and power up and down the mountain. My BF and I are relatively fit and in our mid 20s and we managed... More

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San Jose, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The hike to Half Dome and back is not for the faint of heart. It is a long strenuous 14 mile round trip from Curry Village. Many people fail due to elevation, lack of food and water, fear of hieghts, or just plain out of shape. With that said, the pinnacle of the hike, which is the top of the... More

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Seattle, Washington
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106 reviews 106 reviews
39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

If Yosemite was to be know by only one attraction, Half Dome would most likely be it. This smooth, rounded granite peak is world famous for it's non technical route (meaning you don't have to be on rope to ascent) on which hikers ascend the last near vertical part of the climb hauling themselves up on post-mounted braided steel cables.... More

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Varde, Denmark
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

You can see Half Dome from many places in Yosemite and really enjoy it, but you can also climb the mountain but you have to be experienced. There are many hikes to go on so just go for it.

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Zichron Yaakov, Israel
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This extremely demanding day hike (15 miles walk, 5000 vertical feet) is not for everyone. If you can handle it, the reward is magnificent: amazing climb up the cables, breathtaking views from the top, pictures you'll cherrish for years. I have waited 8 years until I had the opportunity to hike up Half Dome and it was worth it. Permits... More

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