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Question about hiking Half Dome

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Re: Question about hiking Half Dome

Postby RyanSchilling » Tue May 29, 2012 3:08 pm

rockyalps wrote:Last year, you needed to secure a permit from for every single day of the week when the cables were up (check website, since you had to do this 3 to 4 months in advance), but that may be changing for 2012.

This article says they're keeping the same permit system -- seven days a week -- for 2012:

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Re: Question about hiking Half Dome

Postby peter303 » Tue May 29, 2012 3:47 pm

mnmtman wrote:Has anyone hiked half dome from Glacier Point? I'm doing the hike on June 5th and I thought it might be cool to start at Glacier Point and end at Happy Isles. Any input would be appreciated.

I've done a loop Glacier Point - Nevada Falls. There is a fair amount of up and down topography between the two. It looks like this hike is 2.5 miles longer than Happy Isles - Half Dome round trip, so add an extra 60-90 minutes. That could put you on the summit later in the day with more storm chances. And a lot less crowds than on the Falls trail.

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Re: Question about hiking Half Dome

Postby bonehead » Wed May 30, 2012 7:46 am

Glacier to Nevada Falls is fabulous. Much more scenic than from Happy Isles.
Illilouette Falls is a hidden gem and only flowing well at this time of year.
It is one of the first valley falls to dry up.
The Panorama Trail then leads you over to Nevada Falls. Great, unusual views.
And after a long day, I never relished the downhill hike out to the Valley.
If it adds an extra hour or so, I find it worthwhile.


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