Flying from far away for your Yosemite Half Dome hike? Here’s how.

Many blog readers do not live within driving distance from the park and must fly into the area to do their Half Dome hike.  If that is you, here are a few suggestions. Internationally, your best bet is San Francisco Airport, or SFO as the FAA and locals call it.

Most European and Asian airlines fly direct into SFO. From there you face a 4-hour drive to Yosemite. If possible, avoid our massive traffic rush “hour” from about 2-7 pm.

The other 2 major airports in the Bay Area are San Jose and Oakland. You may be able to secure cheaper fares at one of these two. They are smaller airports but may not be able to handle the jumbo jets.

Regionally, flights into Reno-LakeTahoe are a good choice. You’ll be arriving from the east, so make sure the Tioga Pass road will be plowed. Some years this is not accomplished until mid-June. This year it was open really early due to our low snowpack.

Fresno is also a good choice. You have a 2.5 hour drive into the South Entrance (Wawona – Highway 41) Flying into Merced, another very small airport, puts you only 2 hours away from the Arch Rock Entrance (Highway 141). Here you can save rental car fees by linking up with the popular YARTS bus system into the park.

Let me know when you are coming; maybe we can link up for lunch!

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Buddy you’re a boy make a big noise, playin’ in the street – gonna be a big man some day. You got mud on your face, you big disgrace. Kickin’ your can all over the place. We will, we will rock you!” – Queen

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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One Response to Flying from far away for your Yosemite Half Dome hike? Here’s how.

  1. Hi, Just wanted to correct the drive time from Fresno Yosemite International Airport to the south entrance. It’s only one hour and 15 minutes to the south gate then another hours or so to the Half Dome Hike. Sounds like it’s 2.5 hours to the south gate from the notes above. Thanks for sharing Mr. Half Dome, some great information here.

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