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Half Dome Hike

Along your journey will be spectacular, one-of-a-kind views of Yosemite National Park. Amazing sights include Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, and of course Half Dome. You will also get a chance for 360-degree views at the top of Half Dome, overlooking Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra. Look for squirrels, steller's jays, chipmunks, and look out for black bears! Half Dome Hike can be a risky yet exciting and memorable experience.

As you plan your Half Dome hiking adventure, be sure to apply for a permit to hike to the top of Half Dome. Permits are vailable by lottery during the hiking season. The daily lotteries have an application period two days prior to your hiking date. The permit consists of a fee per application as well as a fee per person and only a maximum of 400 hikers are allowed on a single day on the Half Dome Trail. To apply for a permit, visit or call 1-877-444-6777.

What to bring:

1) Well broken-in boots with good ankle support and traction

2) 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per person

3) Flashlight or headlamp

4) Topographic map and compass

5) Dress accordingly: the summit is typically 15°F to 20°F (8°C to 11°C) cooler than Yosemite Valley\

6) Camera!

Half Dome Hike - Trip Estimate (when Extranomical founder climbed Half Dome)

5:45 AM Beginning of trail head at Happy Isle. 8.2 miles  (11.3 km) to the top of Half Dome.
6:00 AM Water stop at Vernal Falls Bridge.
6:30 AM Reach to the top of Vernal falls.
7:15 AM At the top of Nevada falls.
8:30 AM Starting the ascent of the dome.
9:50 AM At the bottom of the cables.
10:15 AM Reach to the top of Half Dome!
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