Parking tips

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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    I’ve been getting some email questions about where to park when doing the Half Dome hike – if you are not staying near the trailhead at Happy Isles. The Pines campgrounds are close enough to walk, as is Curry Village. But if you are in Housekeeping it may be a bit far. If you bunk at the Yosemite Lodge or the Ahwahwnee  then you should take your car. Often there is room in the Curry lot, It fills up fast, so this is a gamble. Also, I suggest a car cover. The trees don’t drip sap, but a lot of dust and pine needles will cover your car. You could avoid a car-wash when you get back home. If you are driving in from outside the Valley at “O-dark 30” to do the hike, you can park at the Curry Village lot, or continue down a tad to the “Backpacker lot”.  

     It’s gravel, but usually has space. As a last resort, circle back to the Horse Stables, No one rides before sunrise so you should find a place. The walk isn’t bad to the trailhead.

    Success! Congrats and a tip of the hat to Amanda H.  She made it to the top on August 7. She “snagged” a set of extra permits I had off my blog. It pays to read it!

Unrelated thought worth quoting:  “It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. They’ve been going in and out of style. But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, the act you’ve known for all these years: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” – The Beatles
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


3 Responses to “Parking tips”

  1. RJ Says:

    Parking at the stables is limited to customers of the stables. Curry Village parking is closer, anyway.

  2. mrhalfdome Says:

    I didn’t know the stables were was signed as such. Is it?

    As I said, Curry Village is the first place; if it is full then the Backpacker lot is 2nd. If it is full, then the Stables third.

  3. john Says:

    Yes, there are signs at the stables warning the general public not to trespass. I noticed that during ripe Apple season, you should not park under the apple trees in the curry lot. I saw a big bear climbing all over an Apple tree eating his fill. The cars underneath were getting booked with apples and small branches. I bet once in a blue moon, the bear falls on the vehicle too!

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