2,695 m / 8,842 ft
Yosemite National Park, California
Climbing season is May - October
Half Dome is the most epic North American hike. It starts in Yosemite Valley, winds up the Mist Trail, through Little Yosemite Valley and onto Half Dome. About a mile into the hike, the trail splits into the Mist Trail and the John Muir Trail (JMT). We recommend taking the Mist Trail up and the JMT down. Mist Trail is more dangerous going down, but more direct going up. Unless you’re training to climb Everest, don't carry much water. Instead, bring a couple small bottles and a filter. You'll find several water sources on your way up.