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At 8,836', this massive granite monolith rises close to 5,000' from the valley floor. It is a sight to behold from anywhere in the park, but the run to the top of this rock is one for the ages. Between 14-16 miles long, this is a strenuous, long day, but the rewards are indescribable.

Half Dome is undoubtedly a symbol of Yosemite and a great challenge to many runners. Despite an 1865 statement announcing that the formation was "perfectly inaccessible, being probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden by human foot," George Anderson made it to the summit in 1875, while laying the foundation for the current cable route in the process.

Today, thousands of visitors make it to the summit. For many of these visitors, the journey is an exciting, strenuous run; for an unlucky few, the journey becomes more of an adventure than they originally anticipated. Because of this, park rangers are called to assist hundreds of visitors on the Half Dome Trail each summer. Many of these emergencies could have been prevented with proper preparation.

The majority of the run to Half Dome is an experience into wilderness, and, while that comes with inherent risk, there are a number of things you can do to stay safe and help ensure a good time along the way.

To read more, please visit the park'swebsite.

All-Day Run: The Half Dome run from the Happy Isles parking area is around 15 miles, roundtrip.

Gem Type: Rock Formation

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Zander Göpfert

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Aug 11, 2017
Marcello Baroni
Sep 30, 2015
Ben Horowitz
sometime around then... cables down; more fun that way!

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