First a shout out to all the new friends I met at the Sports Basement screening of the new Ken Burns 150th Anniversay film. Welcome guys and gals!!
I’m often asked what my favorite time of year is to hike Half Dome. Hands down it’s June 21.
1. Longest day of the year. Daylight until about 9:30 pm. An extra margin of time in case you’re really slow or run into problems….also allows for a much later start than 5:30.
2. Less chance of Lightning. OK. it has struck Half Dome every month of the year. But in my experience the rain comes in August. When the Central Valley is 110 degrees and that rising hot air meets the cooler Pacific air, cumulonimbus clouds form. They are rain/lightning clouds. Most storms in August hit about 1 pm for a couple hours.
3. The waterfalls are always gushing then – drought or not. They are dry by late July and august.
4. There a less people at the park. Yosemite gets more heads in July and still more in August. Europe goes on vacation in August and many come here.
What’s YOUR favorite time to hike the Big Guy?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land.
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.” – The Beatles
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com