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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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Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My family and I went to this hike on a monday 21 July. Not over crowded, just perfect. The weather was also great. My best advice for this trip to all of the people that are afraid of heights is that it looks very scare from the pictures, but once you start to climb it is not that bad at... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

I was lucky enough to conquer the gloriously beautiful Half Dome at the back end of June, having traveled from the UK to complete the feat on a trip to California to visit cousins. However I almost wasn't able to go up the cables due to the ridiculous permit application system employed by Yosemite National Park. My cousin had already... More

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Incredible scenery, don't miss this! You can drive to a number of spots in Yosemite to view this magnificent escarpment and they are all good.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Half Dome is one of those beautiful mountains, absolutely breathtaking. It is so fun to see from different places throughout Yosemite park. For example, sunset over Half Dome as viewed from Toulumne Meadows area is amazing. We (party of friends and family) have hiked to the base of Half Dome and a few of us have climbed it. What an... More

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Ladue, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Get up early and make the hike. Must request hiking passes in advance through the park service-we did the internet lottery 2 days before our hike. Take lots of water and bring a pair of gloves for the cables.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Although I did not make the hike I did take the time to enjoy the beauty of half dome. I took lots of photos and just marveled at how time has turned rock into art. My advice is being a picnic. Although there are places to stop you may chose to just enjoy the scenery.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Passed by half dome. Another site worth seeing at yosemite. Like, it's name it is a huge half shaped dome rock/mountain. I have not climbed it but just seeing it is an amazing experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The 8.5 mile hike is grueling and tough, so I'd recommend getting an early start in order to beat the heat and the traffic. We started at 5 am and only ended up really getting hit by the heat on the descent. It is most definitely worth the grueling subdome and cables for the spectacular views on top! You need... More

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La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The roundtrip hike to Half Dome is 16 miles. The views are breath taking. I was not aware of the strenuous climb up the sub dome which was very nerve racking considering that there is nothing to hold onto!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

What a fantastic geographical feature! Stunning to see such remarkable evidence of tectonic plate movement and glaciation in the same place - awesome!

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