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Half Dome

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Groves, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
30 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This was one of my favorite places to view. I happened upon the bridge while they were having a photography class. The group was helpful in telling me how to get the best pictures ever. As the sun is going down I stood on the bridge and found out how to get the picture to die for. If your an... More

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Santa Monica, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Hard to believe, but we had temperatures in the 70s for our Half Dome climb. I thought I'd hate the new lottery system for permits to climb Half Dome on the cables, but this sure keeps the crowds down. It was a beautiful day and at one point, we had the entire top of Half Dome to ourselves. We stayed... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Definitely get up early and start the hike by 5am. It's worth it to get up there before the crowds. Make sure you get your permit first as there is a ranger up there checking for IDs and permits.

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Surrey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Amazing ... and huge lump of granite. But you have to see it to really appreciate it. I had seen photographs, but nothing is better than seeing it for yourself.

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San Jose, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We started at 6AM for a day hike. The hike feels pretty long and tiring. The trail has on-off tree shades. Trees and shadow gets scantier as you climb up. The last few miles of the trail is almost not shades. So take a lot of water, palatable food: I bet you need them when you are out of your... More

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Park City, Utah
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156 reviews 156 reviews
49 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was a real beast of a hike. Guidebooks will focus on the subdome and cables, but the amount of stairs and incline to even get to that point was insane. I brought rubberized gardening gloves for the cables, which was a must because I underestimated how much upper body work that part involved. Some of the wood slats were... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It took us 15 hours to finish this 18+ mile hike. We started at 4:30am and climbed up the mist trail. A good headlamp is a must. A ranger checks your permit a bit before the cables at subdome. Arrived at the cables by 10am or so. I bought rubber gardening gloves and they worked out great. I didn't have... More

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Sausalito
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Half Dome is a must see in Yosenite..there is nothing like it in the United States and a clear bucket list item

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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is an amazing hike, but prepare yourself for a long day. A couple pointers: -Make sure you apply for a permit: http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm -Bring enough water, I consumed ~2.5 liters -Consider bringing a water filter, there are a couple spots to fill up -Bring gloves for the cables -If you're scared of heights (myself) don't look down on the cables... More

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Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I hate to repeat the previous reviewer, but yes that's the right expression: this is one for the bucket list, friends. This absolutely must be on life's to-do list: the view the top is breathtaking, the final climb is exhilarating, and the feeling of accomplishment is its own reward. Don't be put off by the YouTube videos or by those... More

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