Doing Half Dome in two days | It breaks it up but is harder!


I am not a big fan of doing the Half Dome hike in 2 days. Here’s my reasons:

1) You will have to carry your camping gear up 2,000 feet to Little Yosemite Valley. This would be a killer up the Mist Trail and a hard trek up the easier – but longer – John Muir Trial.

2) You will need a permit to camp there. Although 60% of the slots are reserve-able, there are not that many sites – about 50. Little Yosemite Valley Campground is minimally developed and there are no check-in or check-out procedures. You are allowed to leave your tent up during the day while day hiking. But remember, you are competing with the rest of the world who have the same idea. It is the most popular area in the Yosemite Wilderness.

3) The bears are dialed into LYV; they will not eat you (no one has been killed by a bear – grizzly or black since the whites came in 1851). You will get very little sleep as they root around.

4) It’s not a pristine get-away-from-it-all place to camp. Go to the high country to be in solitude.  All in all, the one-day hike is less hassle. The one day hike is a long and hard one, but doable. Get it over in a day then relax!

Unrelated thought worth quoting:

“Won’t you give me three steps, gimme three steps mister? Gimme three steps towards the door? Gimme three steps, gimme three steps mister and you’ll never see me no more.” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

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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3 Responses to Doing Half Dome in two days | It breaks it up but is harder!

  1. Maureen L says:

    The way to do this is to apply for a camping permit for Little Yosemite Valley and specify that you want Half Dome as part of that.

    Folks, the time is almost past for this year if you want an advance reservation: wilderness permits reserve 24 weeks in advance, on a rolling system that advances one day at a time. By now, the reservations are for mid-September. You fax your reservation after 5 pm on the day given in the calendar on the website.

    No bear canister needed for LYV — they have bear lockers.

  2. Jessica Noss says:

    One good reason to do it in two days is if you want to do Clouds Rest on the same trip.

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