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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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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 NEW

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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Ventura, California
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The rock is huge. Pictures of it of course do it no justice. Standing below it you can feel how epically large it is. There are a lot of tourists around, but there are areas by the river that you can hang out by yourself. I wished I could have hiked around more but it was still worth it to... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Another great picturesque part of Yosemite, half dome is incredible from wherever you see it when in Yosemite. As part of tunnel view or from the top of the neighbouring mountain its a captivating site which has to be seen. Yosemite is a fabulous place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

A beautiful view from curry village - glowed gold in the evening and was the first thing we saw in the morning. Only viewed it - we were lucky to miss the fires that were near there the day after we left.

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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Amazing veiw enjoy yosemite no dislikes I cannot say anything bad about yosemite it is breathtaking evergreen lodges is the place to stay

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Houston
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

You can't miss it if you come to the park. It's a focal point from just about everywhere. Would love to say I climbed it but I'm not in shape for that - if you are then - GO FOR IT!

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Quite possibly one of the best hikes we have ever done. Get your permit EARLY or apply for the daily lottery, we got lucky and won the lottery the day before our trip!! And be sure to bring full-coverage gloves! Read our post for all the necessary tips and some incredible photos of the view and trek up the cables!... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was the most insane and incredible hike I've ever done. I can't recommend it enough. We started at 6 a.m., reached Half Dome by 11:30 a.m., and finally started our descent around 1 p.m. By 6 p.m., we were sitting in our cars and headed home for dinner. We are a relatively fit group of 20-somethings but by no... More

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If you go to Yosemite- this is THE hike. It's 12 hours and quite tough in some spots, but well worth it. Even if you don't get permits before hand, there are a limited number same-day permits available.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The BEST hike I've ever done, hands down! First I will start off by saying GET YOUR PERMIT! I was lucky to be able to do the 48 hour lottery draw, and was chosen but I witnessed the Ranger giving citations to those who did not have permits and overheard it was a $275 fine! The view is priceless I... More

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