Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
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We’ve had a lot of talk about alternate hikes if you cannot get Half Dome permits. Cloud’s Rest is a superb 1-day hike. It was named by the Mariposa Battalion in 1851. The elephant in the room is that if Tioga Road is not plowed, you can’t get there from here. Plan on mid June. Unless you take the REAL long hike from Curry Village and up the JMT and continue to the Cloud’s Rest trail. L O N G. But if you do decide to go to Cloud’s Rest, you may do the drive up Hwy 120 (Tioga Rd) and park near Tenaya Lake and get on the Sunrise High Sierra Camp trail. There are a lot of good guidebooks, but it’s hard to get lost. You get some gentle ups and when you are within sight of CR, the Sunrise trail goes left but you follow the signs to CR. There are 3 small streams running and a large pond for your water needs (treat it).
The only scary part is the spine of Cloud’s Rest. It is pretty narrow and hiking poles will give you reassurance. Be very careful. One slip and you are sliding down smooth granite into Tenaya Canyon. Once you get up to the top, you are a gnat’s eyebrow shy of 10,000 ft above sea level. Looking down at the west eastern side of Half Dome is special. Then get your binoculars out or zoom your camera toward the cables. Wow. You can clearly see Ahwhiya Point. Look close and y0u can see the white granite scar fresh from last year’s rock fall.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Raindrops; so it must be raindrops, so many raindrops, it feels like raindrops falling from my eye-eyes, falling from my eyes.” – Dee Clark
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com