"Oooowweeee!!! PREPARE...PREPARE...PREPARE! I've been trying to do this hike for about 5 yrs and finally got the chance to do it. I love Yosemite and it's my go to place every time I want to get away. When I did it, there was no permits required and it made it very crowded once you reached the summit. Start super early. We started at about 4:30am leaving our campsite and actually hit the trail at about 5-5.30am. Our goal was to make it to the top of Half Dome by 11am. I myself made it up to the top around noon. I have to admit the elevation kicked my but and I'm a slow hiker going up. Once you past both Vernal and Nevada Falls the crowds tend to die down and when you reach Little Yosemite Valley you will see someone every now and then. But prepare yourself with lots of sunscreen and water once you start hiking past the tree line. Nothing to protect you anymore. The views throughout the hike are breathtaking and a must do to take pictures here and there to capture the moment. Before you get the top of the sub dome, hope you rest up a bit, because its all granite steps of approx. 700 of them and steep! After this is only 900 feet to the top of Half Dome. Let me tell you the longest 900 feet ever! It took me about 2 hrs to get to the top because of the crowd. There are like 2x4's every 10ft or so but you are holding on for dear life on that cable until you reach the top. I have weak wrist and hands so I was loosing grip about 3/4 of the way up. Thank goodness everyone behind me and my brother in law coach me to continue and push myself up. But I DID IT and it was very rewarding! So If you in Yosemite and you have the time...do it! oh and make sure your in shape and prepared with lots of water, the right shoes, food, etc. Well happy trails everyone and enjoy this hike!!"
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Visited on Jun 27, 2010