Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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I thought I’d give you my “beta” on North Dome. I have no idea why, but “beta” seems to be what climbers call the “scoop.” So here you. To get to this dome, head up Tioga Road from the Valley for about 45 minutes. You’ll pass Yosemite Creek and then watch for the Porcupine Flat sign. ¼ mile beyond is a nice pullout for the trailhead. There is even a “head” at the trailhead. The route is well marked and you don’t need a GPS. You’ll be going downhill for most of this hike. (Well it’s uphill on the way back.) It’s a nice trail with water sources early on, but zip for when you need it – so carry a couple quarts. After about 90 mins you’ll be view of North Dome. The actual dome is further out so don’t stop just because you are starting to see full views of Half Dome. If you continue on and down you can get to the downward slope of the dome for a great view of the valley, Half Dome and on around to Cloud’s Rest.
A very unusual panorama. Be careful of the gravel surface. There are a couple hairy slots you have to descend to reach the dome and I highly recommend hiking poles. We took about 6 hours total. We lingered a long time because of the majesty of Half Dome from this angle. This was my first time on North Dome. It would be great to get on Basket Dome, just a bit east for a direct head on vie of the face. This would have to be a dedicated trip. I was told that although there is no formal trail, it doable. Did yo know that Yosemite has more domes in a concentrated area than anyplace else? Most were formed by glacial action – but NOT Half Dome.
On the way back to the car, I diverted 30 mins to visit Indian rock and the stone arch. But that kids is saved for my next blog.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com