Half Dome training hike

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    I want to thank everyone that made the Mission Peak hike today. We got an early start and were about a half hour up the Ohlone trail and were greeted by a rather huge rattlesnake. He was rattling and I jumped about 5 feet. Check these photos. 

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Count the rattles. A python??

     Since I was there last, the East Bay Regional Parks installed a real pit toilet. Over the years we went from nothing to a basic Johnny-on-the-spot to a tin can facility to a real nice one. Funny, there is a picnic table just outside. Not exactly my idea of a pleasant place for a lunch! 

   I was disappointed at the trash and empty water bottles along the trail. There are trash cans at the toilet and further up the trail. OINK. I picked up about 4 bottles. The top is at 2500 feet. There was the usual morning low clouds still present at 11 am, but it did clear. We returned to Mission Blvd about noon and said goodbye as I continued my “double down” hike. Water refill at the car on Mission Blvd then back up for another lap. The total elevation gain for me was 4400 feet…Pretty close to Half Dome’s 4737 feet. Total distance was 14.2 miles. Again, pretty close to the Half Dome hike. It took me 6 hours and I am wiped.   

    If you are in the South Bay area and want a good HD training hike – this one is my favorite. I’ll invite yall when I do it again. When you are done with your hike, I highly recommend the Ohlone Deli – right across from the college campus at 43625 Mission Blvd, Fremont 94539. Bob runs the place and makes a very good sandwich. If you tell him Mr Half Dome sent you, he’ll give you the key to the restroom. Just kidding, but it is a welcome wash-up room. AND he has FREE wifi so you can keep your stock portfolio current.


Unrelated thought worth quoting:When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody’s help in any way. But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured, Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors. Help me if you can, I’m feeling down and I do appreciate you being round. Help me, get my feet back on the ground. Won’t you please, please help me. – The Beatles 

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


4 Responses to “Half Dome training hike”

  1. Brian Says:

    Very cool picture of that rattlesnake. I’ve never seen one in person, but this one doesn’t seem to be very well camouflaged.

  2. Chris Says:

    Interesting – typically on that stretch of trail, I’m more on the lookout for cowpies…time to add rattlers to the list

    I just got back from hiking Mission Peak today (and I “doubled down” to use your vernacular) and they were installing a permanently mounted picnic table…still too close to the bathroom for my preference, but still…

    • mrhalfdome Says:

      Good on ya Chris. We could have done it together. You training for Half Dome? For the first time, I saw a guy going to collect all the empty plastic bottles for money. Good job! He could make a fortune. A lot more graffiti up top. And a lot more trash on my second time up, so those dorks were tossing it.

  3. Curt Says:

    Hopefully, you remember the guy who had a quadruple bypass about a year ago and was looking for tickets and finally got them for half dome on 8/3. It was one of the most intenst rewarding experiences I have had in my 57 years. Thinking about doing it next year. For alternate training hikes you should explore the Auburn Recreation area there are good trails in and out of the canyon on the Auburn and Cool sides plus the rattle snakes have better camo. By the way this is these are the most unique colors I have seen on a rattler.

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