Ask Me: Hiking Yosemite’s Half Dome

February 28, 2017  |  In Ask Me, Backpacking, Hiking, National Park Adventures   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   1 Comment

Hi Michael!

I contacted you a while back about hiking and backpacking with my toddler. Your advice was amazing and my two-year-old is getting better and better when it comes to distance. He is walking two miles straight and absolutely loves nature. We recently hiked the Mist Trail in Yosemite to the top of Vernal Fall and we all enjoyed it—the best hike we have ever done so far. Now I am contacting you because my husband and I decided we wanted to make Half Dome our next year’s challenge. As soon as I saw Half Dome from Glacier Point I knew I wanted to be on the top of that rock.

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One Response to Ask Me: Hiking Yosemite’s Half Dome

  1. Tyler from   |  March 19, 2015 at 10:34 am


    Great summary of Half Dome. I also hiked in Yosemite with my mother, but she wanted no part of Half Dome! The cables spooked her, not to mention the 4800′ of elevation gain. This August I did Half Dome as a day hike. Photos and a write up are here:

    One note I wanted to add for people day-hiking is that any extra pack weight really adds up. I lugged my large DSLR to the top (and was glad I did) but I minimized the rest of my gear so that I basically wasn’t aware that I was wearing a pack.

    The best way to save pack weight is to not carry as much water. My advice is to plan to refill your water bladder/bottles in Little Yosemite Valley where there is easy access to the Merced River. You just need to treat the water in some way (filter, iodine, etc.). Instead of carrying all of the water you need from the start, you can save 5 pounds or so by refilling after you have finished the steepest section of the hike.

    That hike is amazing! Anyone doing it will have a blast.


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