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Completed Half Dome day hike 6/1/16

Discussion about hiking to the top of Half Dome, planning the trip, and when the Half Dome cables are installed in Spring or removed in Fall.

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Completed Half Dome day hike 6/1/16

Postby HalfDomeRJ » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:03 am

If your interested in seeing our ascent up the cables, here is our video https://youtu.be/op_Y2oYV8aQ

We successfully completed this day hike for our June 1, 2016 cable permit pass. Total hiking time took around 12hrs (add 1 more hour at top of the dome). Our start time was just before 4:30am, parked in the designated area off of Happy Isle Loop Rd, which was closest to the beginning of The Mist Trail Head. They say it's a 16 mile round trip but my Fitbit showed 20 miles (additional miles walking to and from parking lot i suppose :?: ). Our initial water total was 7 1/2 liters. Definitely not enough water and needed to filter on the way back from the dome, off the Merced River, about 2 miles from Nevada Falls where the water was calm. We arrived back to our car at 5:30pm.

It's a steady elevation gain hike from beginning of trail head to the dome. The hardest part for me was the 8 mile downward return hike, putting a lot of stress on my toes. For the pace we were going, our legs were left sore for a few days.

I loved it so much, the weather was beautiful! I've considered returning next year in May and ascending, this time with the cables down and possibly summiting Clouds Rest. Anyone share any insight who has done Clouds Rest? Is it worth it compared to Half Dome?
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Re: Completed Half Dome day hike 6/1/16

Postby AlmostThere » Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:39 pm

Clouds Rest is IMO a much better view, and worth it.

I'm never going to bother with Half Dome again - there are a ton of wonderful places, in and outside Yosemite, that have dropped Half Dome to the bottom of my list. Just keep hiking and exploring. You'll see.
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Re: Completed Half Dome day hike 6/1/16

Postby WanderingJim » Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:16 pm

Ditto on Clouds Rest. It is spectacular! 360 degree view of pretty much then entire park. From half Dome, Clouds Rest blocks the view to the west. :) :)

But not totally removing Half Dome from my list of hiking places. Still a great place to pull yourself up to. :) Went up my third time in May after a hike down to Merced Lake and up Clouds Rest.
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Re: Completed Half Dome day hike 6/1/16

Postby w7sg » Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:57 am

Super RJ, congrats. I want to do it again. I did it abt 6 months after knee surgery & a LOT of rehab & workout :-) I promised myself I would do it again in 5 years. That is coming up in a year or so, will be 63 :D
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