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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
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Major rock formation in Yosemite.

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Guided Half Dome Hike

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Bucket List Hike

Seriously, DO NOT under estimate this hike. You should definitely go to the visitors center and find out the hiking conditions before you even plan on going up. After you see it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Mission Viejo, California
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Mission Viejo, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Seriously, DO NOT under estimate this hike. You should definitely go to the visitors center and find out the hiking conditions before you even plan on going up. After you see it is safe, you have to apply for a pass to go. These passes are given out by lottery, and you need to apply online and you will find... More 

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Garden Grove, California
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Half Dome looks different in the distance than when you get up close. The Indian Woman's face on Half Dome is a sight not to be missed. Get the story from the rangers.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Requires planning and good health. Make reservations early. Check on-line for information. Don't go when thunderstorms are forecast, as there are lightning strikes. Take plenty of water and have a water filtration method if you don't want to carry it. I took 3.5 liters which was enough for my small frame for the round trip hike. I recommend toilet paper,... More 

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South Africa
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288 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Imposing geological structure which is awesome to behold. There is a demanding hike to the top, however, due to time constraints, we could only admire it from a distance.

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Thank Nomad422
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We did this hike on the last day it was available, and couldn't be more satisfied. This hike is thrilling, spectacular, and a real adrenaline rush. Just to get there you'll probably need to do a 2 day backpacking trip which builds up the suspense. The woods are beautiful and the trail is nice and laid-back for the most part.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We got to see it only from a viewpoint, we didn't come close to it or climb it, but it was more than enough. Very impressive, very big rock formation. We saw it the best at Glacier point.

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Edina, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

We left the cabins in Curry Village at 4:30am wearing headlamps and returned safely to the cabins at 5:30pm feeling wonderfully exhausted. The best part is the feeling of accomplishment once you are near the end of the cable and the rock has finally flattened out. As everyone says, being plenty of water and snacks. You'll need the fuel for... More 

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usa
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is a very hard, all-day hike, but you can do it. Start as early as you can stomach (4:30 am-ish), bring headlamps, wear several layers of clothes, and as much water as you can carry. We didn't "train" for this hike, but everyone in my group regularly goes to the gym or runs (we were 3 young twenty-something girls).... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Breathtaking nature. The ever changing landscape as the hike ascends is incredible. Bring gloves for the cables and plenty of water.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

My friend queued up outside the Wilderness Lodge at 5am to get us a Half Dome permit after 2 failed lottery draws. We didn't actually get the permit until 10am, so we had a late start to our hike. We made it to the peak by 4 in the afternoon (via the Mist Trail), by which time were the only... More 

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