Yosemite Quiz

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Heck the weekend is over and back to work. Today I have a guest blog from Norman S. of the Great California Central Valley. In the south it’s called the San Joaquin Valley and up north it’s the Sacramento Valley. I have no idea where the line of demarcation is. Anyway, Norm is offering a quiz for all Domers and wanna-be Domers. So here you go. A perfect score will win you the admiration of your friends and neighbors. Grade you own papers – Honor system and no looking at other’s work. 2 hours in detention if I catch you.  (Harangue Norm if you don’t agree with his answers – see the bottom.) 

1. In 1875, when George Anderson first climbed Half Dome, what was the more common name for the mountain? 

2. What are 3 other names once used for Half Dome? 

3. On the trail to Half Dome, how many major waterfalls and cascades can be seen in the Spring? 

4. What is the only place in Yosemite from which five major waterfalls can be seen?  

5. What are the falls? 

6. In what canyon would you find Lost Valley, Airplane Gully, Inner Gorge, Lower Gorge and Ahwiyah Point? 

7. It’s really a spring, some people consider it the smallest waterfall in Yosemite.  What is it’s name?  

8. What is an older name for the Cathedral Rocks? 

9. What is the closest waterfall to Yosemite Falls?  Hint:  It’s located inside Indian Canyon – to the right of Yosemite Point. It’s hard to see because it’s in the shadows and seasonal. 

10. His name sounds like the French word for wall.  He was one of the first 10 people to summit Half Dome? 


1. South Dome 

2. Tis-sa-ack, Rock of Ages, Frances’ Peak  

3. Yosemite Falls, Staircase Falls, llilouette Fall, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Pywiack Cascade, Snow Creek Fall 

4. Sierra Point   

5. Yosemite Falls (Upper and Lower,) Illilouette, Vernal and Nevada


7. Fern Spring.  It’s located just past the Pohono Bridge as you enter Yosemite. 

8. What is an older name for the Cathedral Rocks? 

9. Lehamite Fall 

10. John Muir 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.” – A wise old man 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com 

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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  1. Norman S says:


    The Three Graces is correct.

    Norman S

    P.S. I appreciate the feedback. Now I can ask Rick if he’ll let me do another guest blog quiz.

  2. Dave Miller says:

    Good Quiz! The answer to 8 should be The Three Graces (I believe).

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