When driving to Yosemite from the west via Highway 120, just before Sonora you need to take a right where Highway 108 continues straight and 120 heads you to Yosemite. After a short couple of miles, on your left you’ll see the CHINESE rail terminal, then on your right you will come upon the old settlement of Chinese Camp. The area housed over 4,000 Chinese laborers in the Gold Rush era. It’s pretty much decayed, but still local families (not Chinese) live there. Plans for it’s restoration come and go, but JUST before it, you will see an active market. It’s been there a long time and is run by a Kiwi ( New Zealander) named Mike Read. That’s him in the hat.
The market has everything you need for your Half Dome trip – from food to beer. He even has a few cottages for an overnight stay. Out back is a nice picnic area. There are toilets also. Stop by and say hi to Mike. Tell him Mr Half Dome sent you!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com