Half Dome Hike on Day 2 of permits

Half Dome cables on May 25

I hiked #36 on Saturday. It was very cold at night (40F) and remained so in the morning. I usually begin at 5:30 am, but hid in my sleeping bag late and headed off at 7:30.  It was still cold, so I wore a fleece jacket and long pants. By the time I got to the top of Vernal Fall, I was sweating and ditched the jacket under a boulder…it was there when I returned at 4.

The trail was mellow but the chill wind continued. I did not have a permit so I practiced what I preach. I asked if anyone had an open slot on their permit. I did this up near Sub Dome so I would not have to go s l o w with a novice group.  After only 10 minutes I snagged one. A group of 5 had one guy get sick the night before, so I was golden.

The cables were mellow. With only 300 total permits – plus the 2-day mini-lottery of 50+, there was no crowd.  The ranger told me that even though there are about 350 possible hikers, only about 200+ showed up on the inaugural day (May 24) and my day, the 25th.

There was hardly any mist at all off Vernal – no rain protection needed. I bet the falls will be dry by mid July.

Two big shocks:

1. The Curry Buffet is gone. It’s now an expensive restaurant with ala carte pricing. $12 for 1 entre and 2 sides; everything else is a few bucks more…drink, salad, another side, soup, dessert. My humble plate cost $23.

2. The Curry Village Tent cabins are getting pretty darn expensive. It was $137 per night for a 2-man.

I took a gob of photos and will share with anecdotes later.


Unrelated thought worth quoting: The power of imagination makes us infinite.” – John Muir 

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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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2 Responses to Half Dome Hike on Day 2 of permits

  1. Maureen L says:

    RIP curry buffet..a darn good deal.

    sound like a clone of the food court at the Lodge.

    is the JMT rockfall cleared yet?

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