The Half Dome hike in Yosemite is truly a trip of a lifetime! Hiking Half Dome in a day consists of a 16-mile round-trip trek that takes all day and ascends nearly 5,000 feet beside two majestic waterfalls and a steep cable route before arriving at the top of the famous 8,842′ granite dome. While this is one of the most strenuous day hikes in the park, our guides will take the necessary time to educate you on the natural history, geology, and prominent figures who helped shape Yosemite as we know it today.
Half Dome is the signature landmark of Yosemite National Park and the most photographed natural landmark in the world. Hiking to the top is a taxing ordeal, taking about 12-15 hours, yet it is one of the most popular hikes in the country and offers terrific scenery throughout. Day hikers will begin their journey in Happy Isles and ascend hundreds of steep granite steps via the steep Mist Trail next to both Vernal and Nevada Fall. This hike culminates with a steep cable system where you will climb the last 425 vertical feet using a 1/2-inch steel cable handrail. While it is a guaranteed adrenaline rush, our knowledgeable guides will provide guidance and techniques to keep you as comfortable as possible while ascending. Once atop this famous landmark (featured on the 2005 Quarter coin) you will have unparalleled views of Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, El Capitan, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon, and pretty much the entire Yosemite high country.
Hiking to Half Dome is a very strenuous hike that can provide a whole new sense of confidence and accomplishment. For many people, this is their Mt. Everest and is one of the most ambitious hikes they will ever undertake. Lasting Adventures, Inc. has guided well thousands of clients to the summit of Half Dome on hundreds of separate occasions. However, please note that while we aim to get everyone to the top, summiting is not guaranteed. Lightning and rain can be deadly on Half Dome and our experienced guides may have to call off a Half Dome summit bid if weather conditions are unfavorable. Additionally, your personal physical ability will play a factor. Ongoing physical training/conditioning is highly recommended prior to this hike to ensure a successful experience. Please note that this is a group hike typically with 5 clients and 1 guide.
The Half Dome hike is a long, challenging and a rewarding day. We will leave Curry Village at 5:30 am and can expect to be back in the Valley around 7 pm if not later. This is an “extremely strenuous” hike of over 16-miles which takes all day and ascends (as well as descends) nearly 5,000 feet. Day hikers will begin their journey in Happy Isles and ascend hundreds of steep granite steps via the steep Mist Trail next to both Vernal and Nevada Fall. This hike culminates with a steep cable system where you will climb the last 425 vertical feet using a 1/2-inch steel cable handrail.
We strongly suggest you be physically prepared for this strenuous hike. Ongoing physical training/conditioning is highly recommended prior to this hike to ensure a successful experience. This is also a group hike and typically there are 5 clients and 1 guide. Not being prepared, or on time, will not only affect you and the guide; but also the rest of the group.
If you have/gain your own permits for Half Dome our rates for a private guide are $600 for 1-2 people and $300/each for 3 or more people. For information on obtaining your own Half Dome permit(s), please see: Half Dome Permits for Day Hikers. For multi-day fully outfitted backpacking adventures which include Half Dome see: Yosemite Backpacking Trips.
This was the best hike our family has ever done. It is strenuous so you will need to prepare for the trip. Our guide, Graham, was very friendly, easy-going, and knowledgeable which was great as we spent about 13 hours with him. He brought extra gear and was equipped for emergencies if they arose. He taught us about the history of half dome and gave us great advise on things to do while in Yosemite. By the end of the day, it felt like he was one of our group. I would definitely recommend lasting adventures! – Jen L.
I hiked Half Dome in Yosemite with my daughter (16) & nephew (26). We used Lasting Adventures for guide services and we are very happy we did. They were very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. Our guide Alaina was fantastic, she knew the mountain, first aid, hiking tips and she was a pleasure to be around. She took the time to explain all of the points of interest along the way.This is a really long hike, it took us 14 hours to do the 21.5 miles round trip (I tracked it using a FitBit), it was honestly the hardest workout I have ever had in my life, but it was no regrets, worth it. That mountain is way too big with to do without an experienced guide. The scenery was so amazing, it was breathtaking. It was truly the most amazing trip I have ever taken. If I do this trip again (I’m thinking about it), I would use Lasting Adventures again in a heartbeat. – Reed T.
I can not say enough good about my experience with lasting adventures. Communication leading up to trip excellent. Our guide, Kimball, was excellent. He was so organized, knowledgable, friendly, fun and encouraging to name a few. He really was so good with helping our group meet its goals. A guide is really worth the cost.. He kept us on track. Had extra supplies.. He really helped me find the best way up sub dome and gave great encouragement on cables. Thanks so much Lasting Adventures and Kimball! – Gal D.
Lasting Adventures, Inc. will bring first aid gear, water treatment supplies, toilet paper/trowel, extra sunscreen, and a passion for adventure.
Your payment includes a Lasting Adventures Half Dome t-shirt. Gratuities for guides are not required but are appreciated. Typically gratuities range from 10-20% of your trip’s total cost; not per guide.
Half Dome Day Hike Cancellation Policy:
Full refund less a $25 per/person processing fee if more than 30-days out, 50% refund with 72 hours notice, no refunds within 72-hours.