Yosemite and Tioga Pass Area

Half Dome (8,800') rises nearly 5,000' above Yosemite Valley. It was never climbed until 1875. If you do the 14-16 mile round trip hike there are incredible views of Vernal and Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap and Half Dome itself from The Saddle between the 2 domes. The summit is a very dangerous place to be during thunderstorms - that are very common in the afternoons. Another danger for climbers are the bears that grab backpacks both day and night.