If you are in very good shape and willing to spend a long day hiking, the difficult trek to the top of Half Dome may be for ... More
Half Dome Hike Trailhead
If you are in very good shape and willing to spend a long day hiking, the difficult trek to the top of Half Dome may be for you. It is considered extremely strenuous, with an elevation gain of almost 5,000 feet. Start at Happy Isle Shuttle Stop Number 16 and work your way through the crowds visiting Vernal Falls, and begin a series of switchbacks to the top. The trail rises and falls a fair amount until you get close to Nevada Falls and from there the trail continues to Half Dome. Be warned, however, that the last 200 yards up the back of the dome require you to use steel cable handrails as you scramble up. Roughly 600 people make this trek every day in the summer, but it is not easy. Be sure to bring water, and wear a hat as well as comfortable walking shoes or boots. The trail may be closed in winter. Since this hike can take up to 12 hours to complete, it is recommended that you start early in the morning. For your safety it is best to complete this hike before dark. Check website for more information.
This small village is a collection of historic buildings that have been moved to their current location from various places
in the park. Each building comes from a different time period. During the summer, volunteers and park rangers dress ...
This hike is also known as the Mist Trail because it passes right beside Vernal Falls, which in the spring
blows a heavy mist everywhere. This 1.4 mile roundtrip hike is considered a moderate hike, with a steep 400 ...
About half a mile round trip, this trail can get crowded in summer, but it affords breathtaking views of the
falls, with water spilling over 600 feet to the valley floor and looking just like a bridal veil. Beware, ...