Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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Last week when I blogged about the hike up the old Big Oak Flat Road I mentioned that there is a huge rockfall that covered the zig zags of the road. Here’s a photo of the same.
The road was active from 1874 thru 1940, then the 3 tunnel Hwy 120 Road we use today opened. After that the Old Road was just for uphill car travel only. But in 1942, a huge rockfall of VW Beetle-sized rocks tumbled down. It covered maybe ¾ mile of the old road. So it is gone. In the late 1980’s the park had discussed making it a hiking trial, but I think the idea of moving all those rocks was too big of an effort. The trail is not even on maps anymore – I’m sure the park prefers you not be on it, but you can go back on this blog to my story if you want to try it. You can really only see the talus field if you look to your left on Southside Drive….and it comes and goes quickly with all the trees. You really can’t see much of it on Northside Drive. The very faint horizontal line is where many of the rocks were moved off a portion to the road – up to the “Oh My!” or “Rainbow View” point. This is where arriving visitors first saw El Cap and Half Dome. Also, you can see a nice rainbow at Bridalveil Fall in the afternoon.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.” – George Macauley Trevelyan
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com