Half Dome

  • Half Dome: © Flickr user James St. John
  • Half Dome: © Wikicommons user HylgeriaK
  • Half Dome: Half Dome from Glacier Point - © Wikipedia user Diliff
  • Half Dome: © GoodFreePhotos user Fraukefeind
  • Half Dome: © pikist
  • Half Dome: © Flickr user James St. John

Key information: Half Dome

  • An exciting slog, including a demanding cable section, to Yosemite’s icon, with its truly extraordinary views.
  • Very popular, so you won’t be there for the seclusion.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating86
  • Beauty38
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma36
  • Negative points6
  • Total rating86
  • Note: Negs: crowding.

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 14-16 miles
  • Maximum Altitude: 8,836 ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Difficult
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Half Dome: © Wikicommons user HylgeriaK

WALK SUMMARY

Possibly the most ‘iconic’ of all Yosemite’s features and hikes.

The leads through lovely forests to emerge to tackle the 400 sheer(ish) cable-assisted feet up the great granite side of Half Dome, which guards the point where the Yosemite Valley divides into the Little Yosemite Valley and the Tenaya Canyon, to be transfixed by the extraordinary views at its top at 8,836ft, some 4,800 sheer feet above the valley floor.

A dangerous walk, despite the cable-help, especially in wet conditions. Take care and be prepared – indeed, be up to it! Absolutely not for those with any vertigo issues!

Very popular (up to 1,000 hikers a day), so you will be nose-to-bum up the final ascent, so not to everyone’s taste (so to speak) and marked down by Walkopedia accordingly. Reminiscent of the steep slog up Uluru (Ayers Rock) in Australia when that was permissible.

A long, tough hike, 14 to 16 miles return, gaining some 1,460m from the valley floor and back. Assume 10 – 12 hrs for this walk, in part because of the crowded trails. If fit and outside high season, it will take less time.

See the excellent https://www.yosemitehikes.com/yosemite-valley/half-dome/half-dome.htm for more information.

See our Yosemite page for more general and practical information and photos.

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Half Dome: Half Dome from Glacier Point - © Wikipedia user Diliff

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Half Dome: © GoodFreePhotos user Fraukefeind

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