Alternative Hike / Webinar Apr 22

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

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     For folks coming to do HD but don’t have a permit – COME anyway … here is an alternate hike that will be just as hard but without the cables: 

 Happy Isles to JMT  to Mist Trail up to Nevada Fall then over to Panorama Trail and up to Glacier Point and then down 4 mile trail to the Valley. 

     Tomorrow begins the first of several webinars called the Merced River Plan Spring Workshops. Now there is NO EXCUSE for not participating in the planning process. You can also attend in person at the venue indicated.  I expect to hear a mob on the line and not crickets!! Go to, to register.  So don’t bitch later if you don’t participate. 

April 22   1-4 pm Hydrology/Biology/Geology Workshop, Yosemite Lodge, Garden Terrace

April 26 1-4 pm Transportation Workshop, Yosemite Lodge, Garden Terrace

April 27 1-4 pm Cultural Resources Workshop, Yosemite Valley Auditorium

April 29 8 am-4:30 pm User Capacity Workshop, Yosemite Lodge Garden Terrace

May 13 9 am-2 pm Science Forum, Yosemite Lodge, Garden Terrace

May 25 1-4 pm Recreation Workshop, Yosemite Valley Auditorium 

Unrelated thought worth quoting:  “When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber of your body.  I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


5 Responses to “Alternative Hike / Webinar Apr 22”

  1. Sönke Says:

    This is a wonderful suggestion for an alternative hike. Wonderful views, challenging and a superb rest/picnic opportunity near Illilouette Fall. Make sure to check the conditions for the Four Mile Trail before you start though. Due to the high snowpack I expect a late opening date for Glacier Point road and the Four Mile Trail as well.

    Today the park issued something that comes closes to the first plowing update. Tioga Road is still covered by more than 10 ft of snow. South fork of the Tuolumne River Bridge (taken April 19, 2011):

    My prediction right now for opening dates:

    Tioga Road -> July 1
    Glacier Point Road -> 24 June

  2. Dean Says:

    Yes a great hike that, though I’d be tempted to do it in reverse, I prefer going up 4 Mile Trail…there is a fantastic transition where the views change from looking west toward El Cap, to looking east across Half Dome.

    Just noticed May 1st is a Sunday…wonder if that will affect the number of folk logging on for Half Dome permits…

  3. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    I concur with Dean; I’d recommend it in reverse.

    I high summer, there’s an El Capitan shuttle, separate from the usual Valley shuttle, that stops at the 4 Mile Trail trailhead.

    and, IMO, it’s nowhere near as hard as Half Dome, though it is wonderful.

    Sonke is right about the 4 Mile Trail being closed due to snow, and even if you think it’s melted out, if the park says it’s closed due to rock fall danger, don’t try it. such a warning was posted around Memorial Day a few years ago, I think 2007, and if I remember correctly, a hiker who tried it was injured by rock fall. I distinctly remember hearing the sound of the rockfall from across the Valley (I was on the Upper Yosemite Falls trail) and it sounded like gunshot.

  4. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    I’m more of an optimist on the opening date for the Glacier Point Road, unless it continues to snow above 6000 feet. 2005 and 2006 were also relatively high snow years, and they got the Glacier Point Road open before the end of May. (I think they aim to please the Memorial Day crowd if they can.)

    I believe the park service revised their strategy a year or two ago. Rather than working on Glacier Point and Tioga Road simultaneously, I think they now do Glacier Point first.

    last year, I think they did a partial opening on the Tioga Road, just for day use.

    it’s worth noting that they aren’t taking campground reservations for the ones on Tioga Road that do take reservations before July 15.

  5. Sönke Says:

    The first “real” plowing update is in:

    Last Update: April 22, 2011

    Tioga Road
    Work began this week at the closure east of Crane Flat intersection and consisted of snow cats and dozers moving lifts of snow to reduce snow levels for the rotary plows. Snow levels are still at record-high levels. Work will continue Monday through Saturday, weather and conditions permitting.

    Glacier Point Road
    Deep snow, up to 10 feet, equipment breakdowns, and fresh snow fall marked the first week of spring snow removal on Glacier Point Road. With a slow start as a result of the late-March snow event, which required resources to reopen other park roads and facilities including Mariposa Grove, work clearing the road was delayed until this week. The large rotary snowplows were all inoperable at times during the week, so progress was slow. The road is plowed to pavement up to Summit Meadow, one mile east of Badger Pass. Work will continue Monday through Thursday.

    Other Areas
    Mariposa Grove: The road opened on Friday, April 14 after multiple heavy snow events occurred after the initial snow removal was performed (work had been completed for an April 1 opening but another major winter storm delayed opening).

    Crane Flat Lookout and Campground/Snow Play Area: Both sites were completed this week and equipment moved to Tioga Road. Snow depths required a dozer to reduce the snow level in front of the rotary plow (this has not been the case for many seasons).

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