"Definitely one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes I've done and one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. I could literally spend hours at the top and I would definitely love to do the hike again!
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You can read my full review and experience at half dome (including some sweet photos of arm balances at the top!) on my blog: http://www.jesliao.com/2011/06/hedgehogs-and-jes-on-half-dome.html
But here are a few quick recommendations for hiking half dome in the summer:
- Camp the night before, and if you can arrive at the campsite early so you can get a good night sleep. It is possible to leave the valley right after the hike, but I would recommend camping a second night.
- If you are hiking early in the summer and intending on taking the mist trail, pack a poncho. You will get SOAKED.
- Wool socks over cotton socks. Pack extra socks if you are the type to get blisters. It's a lot of walking especially if you want to make additional stops to check out the cool waterfalls and such
- You will be gross after the hike. If you are camping and would like to shower afterwards, you can do so in Curry Village. So pack a towel and shower stuff and leave it in the car.
- Leave a pair of flip flops in the car for after the hike (You will be so happy to see them!)
- You don't need to pack a ton of clothing. It is hot at the top and throughout the hike!
- Permits! Rangers were checking for permits BEFORE the hike to sub dome. They were also checking permits for those coming down. So if you hiked at night without a permit, stay at the top until at least noon before heading down. Come down when other people are coming down.
- Bring sunscreen and mosquito repellent, and a hat. it is hot up there!
- Bring cheap rubber gloves for the cables.
- If you are camping, bringing a sleeping pad is a really good idea
- The buffet at curry village is expensive and NASTY (even after the hike when you feel like you could eat anything and feel like it tasted good)"
Visited on Jun 25, 2011