Half Dome Cables by Moonlight

- Hiking Northern California: GPS & Maps: Yosemite Half Dome

- Photos from last year's daytime Half Dome hike


At 11pm we parked the car at the wilderness parking lot opposite Upper Pines Campground (ignore the 'lot full' signs), and after eight and a half miles hiking we reached our final summit - Half Dome.


Climbing the smooth granite face at angles of up to 45 degrees would be extremely difficult if it wasn't for the post & cable system which is available from May until October each year. The cables make it possible to make the final ascent, but not necessarily easy!

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  • Huitzil 6y

    what an interesting shot, the blueness of it all is very interesting asnd the lines lead the eye nicely
  • Alan 6y

    I like the shot and angle, the colour is good too... it's always annoying that the moon doesn't come out looking larger.. good photo, great effort :-)
  • Carol Settino 6y

    Not as many people as last year. I wonder why?! Very pretty colors.
  • Jef Poskanzer 6y

    That's one way to beat the lines.
  • Clayton's kid 6y

    That post and cable system sure makes this climb accessible to more people, even I could reach the top with a cable (attached to a cable car that is ) ;-)
    Lois's comment is interesting, is this an annual event?
  • Pierre Andrews 6y

    looks like a pretty cool hike without all the cueing.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Stuart Green 6y

    @Clayton's Kid I did this hike last year too, on a Saturday, and there was a 45 minute wait just to get on the cables, then it took an age to get to the top.

    Half Dome Hike
  • Stuart Green 6y

    @Tall Guy Lucky positioning of the moon really - directly in shot. Maybe next I should go up the neighboring Clouds' Rest peak with a telephoto and make a bigger moon over half dome.
  • Clayton's kid 6y

    I can see why you'd want to avoid the queue but I still think hiking at night is a bit drastic.......mind you, if you want a good photo of the heavens that's a great time and place for it ;-)
  • Jenna 6y

    Clayton's kid: Yes, hiking at moonlight was a little crazy. But I have to admit, it was fun hiking at night. I never realized how quiet the woods are at night. No birds, no crickets, no nothing... Plus, there were only about 25 or so people who did the hike around the same time we did. After seeing Stuart's pictures from last year, as well as other people's pictures I just had no desire to hike Half Dome because of the crowds. This was definitely a better way to do the hike.
  • bubbletea1 6y

    I like this lots. maybe if I can convince my friends to go at night it'll be good. What time did u start?
  • Stuart Green 6y

    @bubbletea Started at 11pm, up by sub-dome at around 4.30am I think. We took a 30 minute rest before heading up to the summit , when dawn was breaking, and around an hour before the 6.01 sunrise. We took it steady, and you may be faster than us of course.
  • bubbletea1 6y

    Stuart - I'm definitely slower. way, way slower. Thanks for all the help.
  • idashum 6y

    Wow! hiking at moonlight? Must have been a sight!
  • Clayton's kid 6y

    Hi N.E. I know what you mean about the crowds! Your description of the woods at night sounds magical, I almost want to try it myself.........almost heehee. It must have been a lot cooler too ;-)
  • Alan 6y

    I like the idea of using the telephoto, pull the moon and Half Dome in together.. could look very dramatic :-)
  • Andy Rushforth 6y

    Wow this is spectacular.
  • Terry Tyson 6y

    Heading up there mid-September.
  • liveandalsoletlive 4y

    Bud, isn't this explicitly forbidden?
  • Stuart Green 4y

    Not sure what you mean. Half dome is climbable (now with a permit). Nothing stopping anyone from a night hike, either.

    Just dont climb in wet weather or you may end up dead, like the unlucky (and unwise) hiker last month. And that's not forbidden either.
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