Half Dome Cables by Moonlight

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    - 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!

    8zil, wirehead, Tall Guy, lucchi80, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. 8zil 68 months ago | reply

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

    2. Tall Guy 68 months ago | reply

      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 :-)

    3. Lois Lane1 68 months ago | reply

      Not as many people as last year. I wonder why?! Very pretty colors.

    4. Jef Poskanzer 68 months ago | reply

      That's one way to beat the lines.

    5. Clayton's kid 68 months ago | reply

      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?

    6. mortimer? 68 months ago | reply

      looks like a pretty cool hike without all the cueing.

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    7. Ѕtuart Green 68 months ago | reply

      @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

    8. Ѕtuart Green 68 months ago | reply

      @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.

    9. Clayton's kid 68 months ago | reply

      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 ;-)

    10. N.E. 68 months ago | reply

      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.

    11. bubbletea1 68 months ago | reply

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

    12. Ѕtuart Green 68 months ago | reply

      @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.

    13. bubbletea1 68 months ago | reply

      Stuart - I'm definitely slower. way, way slower. Thanks for all the help.

    14. idashum 68 months ago | reply

      Wow! hiking at moonlight? Must have been a sight!

    15. Clayton's kid 68 months ago | reply

      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 ;-)

    16. Tall Guy 68 months ago | reply

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

    17. Andy Rush 68 months ago | reply

      Wow this is spectacular.

    18. Terry.Tyson 67 months ago | reply

      Heading up there mid-September.

    19. liveandalsoletlive 43 months ago | reply

      Bud, isn't this explicitly forbidden?

    20. Ѕtuart Green 43 months ago | reply

      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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