Half Dome. Have you seen it? Have you hiked it? Today is the day! If you have an interest in climbing Half Dome this year, the lottery for permits opens TODAY! The drawing takes place at the end of March. With out a permit, you cannot climb the cables.
Photo Credit: Dave Goodwin
Half Dome is one of the many wondrous domes found in Yosemite and if you haven’t been down, Yosemite is a must see and if you are up for it, Half Dome is a must hike! From Minden/Gardnerville area Yosemite is a 5 hour drive to the Yosemite Valley if Tioga Pass is closed. If the pass is open, you can make it in 3 hours. Either way, it’s worth it. Even our little guy loves to head to Yosemite. The Half Dome hike is a tough one. The National Park Service has a whole page on being prepared. While thousands make it up each year, it is a tough one. It’s 10-14 miles round trip and takes 10-14 hours (up to 23 miles if you start from Glacier Point) and the last 400 feet of the hike are often described as the toughest! The last bit involves cables which allow you to climb the rock with out being an experienced rock climber and with out the equipment needed. Because crowds can cause delays and danger, the park service limits the number of permits, therefore people, allowed to climb in a day. So if you want to go, enter the permit lottery here.
Photo credit: PacHD.com
Photo of the cables up Half Dome from undiscovered-yosemite.com
Even if you want to hike it and your family isn’t up for the challenge, there are plenty of things to do in Yosemite Valley. For a more family friendly guide to visiting Yosemite see tomorrow’s blog!
If you’ve hiked Half Dome or are interested, let us know! We try to make it to the park a few times a year! It’s one of our favorite family day trips or over nighters.