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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
Phone Number: 9015987812
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Major rock formation in Yosemite.

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Yosemite and Glacier Point Day Tour
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$193.75*
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Guided Half Dome Hike
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$260.00*
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Private Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

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Since I visited yosemite last year, hiking half dome has been on my bucket list. I was delighted to achieve this ambition this summer. I applied in the march lottery for a permit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Since I visited yosemite last year, hiking half dome has been on my bucket list. I was delighted to achieve this ambition this summer. I applied in the march lottery for a permit and was gutted not to get one. Luckily I was staying in the valley for 5 days so I had plenty of chances with the daily lottery... More 

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Mohnton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We started our morning at 5:45. Hiked in the dark until daybreak. Among others which was really cool. It was a long and grueling hike but worth every minute. We took the Mist trail up and the John Muir down. I personally didn't hike the sub dome or cables due to my fear of heights but 4 in my group... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was not fully prepared for the idea of hiking half dome but thankfully I was in shape. 6 hours of 5000' elevation gain over 8-9 miles which on paper is possible ...many do it in two days but alas we did it in one. There are many hours of uphill grueling grind and then moments of flatlands ... It... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ascending Half Dome can be accomplished by just about any one - but prepare to be challenged on your way to the top. The hike up Half Dome trail gives the lungs a workout, and the sub dome switchbacks may make you second guess your ability to summit this majestic Yosemite landmark. Once your reach the cables, don't sit and... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view of the half from glacial point is good. We could see the valley. The ranger explained that the solid rock was formation with follicles from the bulge of lava.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun to see and learn about. Didn't climb it but got good photos from different parts of the park. Is a must see when you are there.

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Sparks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very long and strenuous hike for one day. We start are hiking at 6:00 Am and got back at 5:30 pm. We started at Happy Island this was paved to Vernal Fall this is your last chance for water.1. 6 miles. For Half Dome recommend 3 to 4 liters of water. Then the Rock stairs start up... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From any angle the half dome is instantly recognisable, it just above the landscape from nearly every vantage point. Seeing rock climbers scale it from every face is astonishing.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is breathtaking to look at this gigantic rock formation. Half Dome takes on a special glow at sunset. It is a sight to behold!

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St. Louis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I completed Half Dome as part of a week long backpacking trip. I started my hike on Sunday and made it to Half Dome on Thursday. We averaged about 10 miles a day, camping out each night along the way. We set up camp Wednesday at Sunrise which placed us about 4.5 miles from Half Dome. The 4.5 mile hike... More 

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