The pride of Yosemite
Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders is located near Half Dome - a Yosemite must see! Located in northeastern Mariposa Grove (home of the Giant Sequoias), Half Dome is easily one of the most famous sites of Yosemite National Park. Half Dome is literally a dome that stretches more than 4,737 feet above the ground of Yosemite Valley. This dome is comprised of granite and its massive size is truly magnificent to behold.
Half Dome Facts
Half Dome is approximately 8,000 feet above sea level. In 1865, a report was released that declared Half Dome to be inaccessible. The report claimed that Half Dome would never be walked upon by a human feet. However, today, thousands of people hike Half Dome annually. Half Dome can be dangerous for inexperienced hikers. In fact, hundreds of emergency rescues are conducted each year by park rangers, who must help people off of the trail. People that hike Half Dome will have to utilize the renowned Half Dome Cables. There are two cables that allow hikers to cross the last 400 feet of Half Dome without any rock climbing gear. This is always fun for thrill-seekers and not so much fun for the weak hearted. Beware of bears – each year, there are numerous black bear sightings near Half Dome. Some less threatening animals visitors may see during their tour of Half Dome are squirrels, birds and chipmunks.
Hiking Half Dome
If you’re a brave spirit, you will most definitely want to hike Half Dome. However, before you decide to challenge your physical limits, know that a roundtrip hike through Half Dome is 14 to 16 miles. This means most hikers will be on their feet for 10 to 12 hours, which requires immense stamina. If you’re in shape and up to this feat, you will be greatly pleased with the reward resting at the top of the Park.
Hike Tickets are available through the National Park Service, visit their website to get your party in the seasonal lottery today!