The definitive guide to hiking Half Dome

Half Dome has come a long way, from being declared as a summit that no one would ever reach, to one of the most popular trails in one of the most popular national park in the country. While there are tons of resources out there, this guide was written because all the other resources require you to read through paragraphs of dense text. We wanted to give you step-by-step instructions, side-by-side comparing of route options, and the handy map above to help with planning!

This guide is divided into 3 sections:

  1. Permits (options & instructions)
  2. Route planning (options & photos)
  3. Hike preparation (physical fitness, hazards, & gear list)


Route Planning

Hike preparation

Hopefully this guide has answered your most pressing questions about doing the Half Dome trail, which certainly is a fantastic experience. If you have any other questions, comments, or suggestions, please do leave us a comment below, or email us at [email protected]. We’re happy to help you plan your trip & of course, get you whatever gear you might need!

Half Dome from Yosemite Valley

Conquer Half Dome!

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