First person account of Half Dome smoke conditions

I hiked Half Dome on Thursday of this week. I entered the park via Hwy 120. About 8 miles east of Groveland – Buck Meadows,  trees on both sides of the road are burned. The earth is black. At the Rim  of the World overlook, you can see for miles. World War III.

The road melted under the fire that jumped the road.  The gagging smell of smoke was heavy. Lots of DO NOT STOP signs along the way. I saw dozen of fire vehicles gong back to base camp at The camp is fine; there has been little to no info abut those 2. I suppose Stanislaus national Forest had that responsibility.  The park just minutes ago announced that Tioga Road is now open. .. all the way to Lee Vining.  Fire is still at 80% contained.

The weather was great on the Half Dome hike. but the smoke ruined the view on HD.  Only about 150 showed up top hike it . I went up with three friends…A record time (the other way) 16 hours. Made it to pizza before 10 pm, and that’s all that matters.. It gets dark now at about 7-pm …. headlamps and flashlights saved us down the JMT.

More on my trip with lotsa info this week.

Here’s some pix.

Rim fire smoke is clearing

Rim fire smoke is clearing


fire b


fire c


The Rim fire is 80% contained, but charred fields remain.



Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Smoke on the water”Deep Purple


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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2 Responses to First person account of Half Dome smoke conditions

  1. Dean says:

    16 hours Rick?…did you have a wee sleep on top? ;o)

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