At the base of Half Dome lies the Mirrror Lake loop trail. You can look up to the Death
Slabs to the face of half Dome. It’s very steep and not for mortals. Ropes are needed to get up it and few climbers use this as their approach to their climbs. I tried and gave up. It’s been closed since the March, 2009 huge rockfall off of Ahwiyah Point.
As you look at the face of Half Dome, it is to the left – you can easily see the white scar. The trail is open and ready for business. Trail crews will be there spiffing up – but enjoy this great weather before the snows fall.
That was a big rockfall with over 100,000 tons of used granite hitting the ground. No one was hurt but the southern route of the trail has been closed since. You may want to wear a helmet if you are concerned.
From the “funny one” Dept, check out these two El Cap climbers recently spotted by photographer Tom Evans and his Hubble telescope camera. Black & White striped suits? Prison outfits?? A bit early for Halloween, but pretty cool. Tom’s website has a ton of images like this.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Go to the Mirror Boy“ – The Who
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com