Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Continuing yesterday’s saga of the North Dome hike, on your return to your car – maybe an hour from North Dome – you will see a trail sign for Indian Rock. Go ahead and take it. The rock cluster sits atop a small hill that is only about 15 minutes off of main the trail. It gets kinda steep but it not too bad. You’ll come to a definite peak where the rocks lay striated. The top is a bit like a cupcake about 30 feet in diameter. You can easily see the arch itself from the side. It is not like the Arches in Utah. They were slowly carved by eons of wind erosion.
The Indian Arch is odd to describe – a hole about 20 feet long and about 8 feet at the high point. But it is granite rock. Perhaps weaker elements just flaked off leaving the arch. It’s easy to see how this place could have been involved in Indian ceremonies. Kinda eerie. It will take you about 15 minutes to circumnavigate the attraction. Instead of backtracking down the trail you cam e up on, you will save a lot of time by just heading due west. In about 20 minutes you will intersect the North Dome trail, saving a lot of steps. This will take you through the forest, but it is safe. Once back on the trial you are just a bit over 1.5 miles from the trailhead. In summary the North Dome / Indian Rock survey was well worth it and can be done easily in a day from the valley. None of the guide books describe how to get to Basket Dome but that may be a future trip.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com