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Half Dome Day Hike



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Hike up the iconic Half Dome cables on this single day guided day hike from Yosemite Valley! The hike up Half Dome in a day is one of the most popular hikes to do in Yosemite National Park, but be warned, this hike is not for the average hiker as it is a very strenuous and long day. On the hike up, we will pass the rushing Vernal and Nevada Falls, hike past the Little Yosemite Campground as we make our way up the trail to hike up sub-dome and finally climb up the cables to officially summit Half Dome. After spending some time at the summit taking in the epic views and getting some rest after our summit hike, we will make our way back down the cables and head back to Yosemite Valley where the tour will come to an end. On our hike, we will ascend 4800ft from the valley floor to the top of Half Dome over 8 miles before hiking back down (Not sure if this hike is for you? Check out our multi-day Half Dome backpacking tour where you can spend more time enjoying the Yosemite Wilderness and reach the top of Half Dome in a less aggressive manner)

Upcoming Tour Dates

Please see below for upcoming tour dates and availability:

Summer 2024

  • We have not yet applied for Half Dome day hiking permits for Summer 2024. Please call our office to schedule your tour and we will apply for a permit for your group specifically. Groups are placed on permits we receive based on booking date. It is highly recommended to reserve your space at your earliest convenience.

Half Dome Hike Disclaimer

The hike up Half Dome is a very strenuous undertaking and is not suitable for the leisure hiker. Upon trip confirmation, we will send out medical and fitness forms to ensure that you are capable of doing this hike. Hikers who do not train for this hike tend to not be able to complete the hike. If a hiker is unable to continue at any point during the hike, they will be required to sit and wait on the trail for the rest of the group to continue on and get back to them before making their way back to valley. Hikers who are unable to physically complete the hike will not be eligible for a refund.

There are a number of aspects that are out of control such as inclement weather, fire, smoke, park and trail closures etc. that my prevent us from completing the hike. For fire, smoke or park/trail closure related cancellations, please see our Terms and Conditions

Inclement Weather: Weather in Yosemite National Park can be very unpredictable and for that reason, summiting Half Dome cannot be guaranteed. It is not uncommon in the later summer months for rain and thunderstorms to roll in during the mid-to-late afternoon, generally on our way back from summiting but at times the weather can come earlier in the day and prevent us from summiting Half Dome. If your guide determines at any point in the hike that it is unsafe for us to summit due to lightening/thunderstorm conditions, no refunds will be given. We will make every effort on our end to safely summit Half Dome but will not put our guests or guides in harms way if the weather does not permit us to summit.

Pickup Locations

Meet your guide at Happy Isles Trailhead.

  • Cost:

    $350/person

  • Type:

    Day Hiking

  • Length:

    12 – 15 Hours

  • Difficulty:

    Very Advanced

  • Mileage:

    16 miles

  • Season:

    June – September


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What to Bring

Pre-Arrival Preparation

  • Hiking training for this trip is required. The day hike of Half Dome is a very strenuous hike covering 16 miles with nearly 5000ft of elevation gain.
  • Pre-Hydration - Make sure to hydrate the day prior to the hike to ensure you are ready for the hike.
  • Night before dinner - eat a good hearty dinner the night before for good energy during the hike.
  • Pre-hike breakfast - eat a good base of food to start the hike. Bagels and other carb rich foods are a good option

You are expected to provide the following for the hike:

  • Day Pack
  • Water - minimum 3L capacity. Your guide will carry water filtration to fill up in the creek/river if necessary
  • Food & Snacks - we recommend bringing a lunch option (sandwich, wrap etc) and 3-5 nutrient rich snacks such as Cliff bars, trail mix, beef jerky etc.
  • Trekking Poles - [optional] we recommend bringing trekking poles for knee relief and stability
  • Gloves - [required] you will need to bring grippy rubber or leather gloves for use on the Half Dome cables. Ascending the cables without gloves is dangerous and will likely cut or injure your hands
  • Hiking Boots - hiking boots or trail shoes with good rubber soles are required. No tennis shoes, sandals or soft soled shoes
  • Hiking Socks - Wool is highly recommended, no cotton; hiking specific socks recommended
  • Sunscreen & Lip Balm
  • Hat & Sunglasses - full brimmed hats are recommend for full sun coverage
  • Comfortable Hiking Clothes - no jeans
  • Headlamp or Flashlight - Headlamps are highly recommend over handheld flashlights
  • Lightweight Rain Gear - Jacket/Pants or poncho

  • Cost:

    $350/person

  • Type:

    Day Hiking

  • Length:

    12 – 15 Hours

  • Difficulty:

    Very Advanced

  • Mileage:

    16 miles

  • Season:

    June – September


Accepted Credit Cards

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  • Cost:

    $350/person

  • Type:

    Day Hiking

  • Length:

    12 – 15 Hours

  • Difficulty:

    Very Advanced

  • Mileage:

    16 miles

  • Season:

    June – September


Accepted Credit Cards

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