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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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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Certainly this is not for the faint of heart, but with a little coaxing, even they can be persuaded to give it a shot. We went from the valley floor to the top in about 6.5 hours. Water was an issue since we did not bring any filters and we consumed more water than we should have because we were... More

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San Francisco
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34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This is an extremely difficult hike. It took us a total of 11 hours to go up to the top and return. The payoff for the effort is sensational. You literally feel that you are at the top of the world. The most interesting part of the hike is towards the top. You have your permits checked at the stairs... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This hike was truly incredible. One of the best hikes I have ever done. My husband and I decided about 2 weeks before our trip that we were going to attempt this hike. We had camel packs and powerbars, however, we were not able to get a permit. Luckily, we ran into a father and daughter who had 2 extra... More

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Alfreton, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It is a very imposing rock formation. One day we were able to see some climbers near the top of the dome. It appears to dominate the landscape.

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los gatos
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Long, tough day hike. Bring lots of water, water filter, sunscreen and wide brimmed hat round trip figure 12-18 hours depending on time of departure and foot speed. Very demanding terrain so have decent shoes, no sandals! Cables can be scary for those with acrophobia so be prepared to turn around if you aren't sure you can do the final... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is an amazing experience if you can get the permit to do it. Very challenging for the average hiker, and terrifying if you have an issue with heights, but the views from the top are unbeatable.

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Santa Monica, California
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great experience! Great legacy hike! I loved standing on top of half dome! The hike is about 20 miles round trip with the toughest part at the top on the cables but so worth it. Do it once in your life if you're in shape and not afraid of heights.

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London
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

With a reasonable fitness level, sensible clothing, and plenty of water, this is a great day's hike. Thoroughly enjoyed it and it's a great feeling at the top!

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Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Get permits in advance!!!!!!!! If you get aced out of a permit, you can still go to Yosemite and get a permit 2 days in advance via online lottery!!!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!! Once you have permit in hand, prepare--walk, climb, run, hike. . . --go there ready to hike up 8.2 miles and down 8.2 miles. Be prepared to hike very... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Being from Kansas, we were amazed by Half Dome. You have to visit. We did not climb to the top due to the many tourist climbing.

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