The final day of summer brought heavy rain to Central California and snow above 6,000 feet at Yosemite. The crowds had shrunk as eyes turned to school and raking leaves. Half Dome still beckons, but be prepared for a colder experience. This week temps will be in the low 70′s in the valley and that means mid-60′s at 8,000 feet. It wall be clear as the front moved rapidly east. Look for clear skies all week.
I’ve done the Half Dome hike in October and wore fleece head-to-toe. Permits will be easy to come by in the 2-day mini lottery. recreation.gov shows a bounty of them for this week. As usual, check the weather conditions with the rangers or Mountain Store. Sierra weather can change rapidly, so always carry at least a light jacket to keep the chill wind off. A small poncho takes up little room and will be very handy if an afternoon downpour hits.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Sunshine came softly a-through my a-window today. Could’ve tripped out easy a-but I’ve a-changed my ways.” – Donovan
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com