Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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First, some good news for you folks who need permits. Our Hamburg, Germany office is going to cancel 8 permits for August 3 (a Wednesday) on Monday, July 25 (tomorrow) at 11am PDT. These will go back into the recreation.gov pool and be available (according to them) immediately. So if you want to try for them – go for it!! It pays to read the Mr Half Dome blog!
It is with some embarrassment that I must say I had never been up Sentinel Dome until 2 weeks ago. Seems most of my trips to the park are taken over by visits the other Dome brother. To get there just head east on the Glacier Point Road, past Badger Pass ski area and as you get kinda close to Washburn Point, look for a decent parking pullout on the left. It holds about 20 cars closely parked (consult a map).
The trail to the north can take you to Taft Point, just about a mile ahead or take the right fork to Sentinel. The hike is very short and pretty putzy. The trail is ground down pretty well so you’ll have no trouble getting there. You actually walk counter-clockwise around to the east side of the dome and then up. This is a family friendly hike with kiddies and gramma both being able to scoot up to the top.
There are 2 major attractions. The biggest is the views. One of the best in the park by some estimates. You can see the side of Half Dome clearly – just like on Glacier Point. But the view of Yosemite Falls is superb. The general Panorama takes in a lot of the park. Down and to the right you can see Nevada Fall – but not Vernal.
The other high point is the old gnarly tree that Ansel Adams photographed about half a century ago. It’s pretty well dead now, but it’s the real deal. Looks neat even as it wastes away.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Had my hand on the dollar bill, but the dollar bill flew away. But the sun is shining down on me and it’s here to stay. That’s why I’m telling you: I just want to celebrate, yeah, yeah, another day of living. I just want to celebrate another day of life.” – Rare Earth
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com