3 weeks until Half Dome cables are up

Cables up May 25. Soon my children, soon.

Hwy 108, Sonora Pass is now open. Hwy 120, Tioga Pass will open Monday.

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome




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Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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4 Responses to 3 weeks until Half Dome cables are up

  1. Jon says:

    I am traveling from Kentucky and scored Half Dome permits in the second week of June. Based on what I’ve seen about the weather in Yosemite this past winter it is looking like the cables will actually go up on May 25th this year, correct?

    I started reading posts from last year about delays due to snow and got worried. 🙂

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      Snowpack is about 50% of normal…last year was 200%…..so May 25 should be good for cables up. The crews have to get thru the forest and thru the snow on the trail. All indications are GREEEN and GO. Keep reading the blog for updates.


  2. Dean says:

    The sign in the photo must be at Happy Isles.

    Does anyone know if the distances are via the Mist Trail or the JMT?

    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:

      Yes, I took it just up the Happy Isles trail … It was moved there a few years ago. Used to be right off the river and not that far up.

      Distances are the LONG way both ways….the JMT (not the Mist). That way is a tad over 1 mile longer. So 16.4 miles the long way up and down. Most go up the Mist and down the JMT. Forget the metric numbers….this was pushed by Reagan in the 80’s but never caught on. The USA is one of 3 countries that still use the English system (Bruni is another) – but we’re the only one who’s been on the moon.

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