Yosemite National Park Hiking Trip

Yosemite National Park is another ‘must visit’ place on anyone’s bucket list.  Pictures below are from a trip we took a few years ago when I had ambitious goals to hike up Half Dome.

Short story: By the time we got to the sub-dome, it was around 4pm.  With no headlamps on us and weary legs, we decided to turn back around.  Good thing we did because by the time we got to the valley floor, it was pitch black.

I had ambitious goals of tackling the 16 mile hike instead of doing the shorter versions, but if getting to the summit is a priority, I recommend a shorter route.

Obviously Yosemite National Park is not just about Half Dome.  There are other things to do and hikes to take.  This is just my experience of park.

Helpful tips:

  • Getting inside the park can be very scary.  If you aren’t used to driving along the edge of a mountain, then prepare yourself for the drive.
  • Check out the scenic ‘Tunnel View” and snap a picture.  It’s a gorgeous view.
  • Be weary of the wildlife – we encountered a coyote on our hike, but there are black bears and rattle snakes to watch out for.
  • Invest in a head lamp if you plan to hike Yosemite.  We brought flashlights from the Dollar Tree and it barely lit our path on our decent.
  • Hydrate if you go on a long hike – we had 4 bottles of 32oz Gatorade each person.  The crazy thing was we only peed once for the entire hike, which was from 5:30am to 8:30pm.
View from the sub-dome circa 2013
Heading back down
Looking back at Half Dome on our way down to the valley floor.

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