Hike Half Dome: The Easy Way

Guided Yosemite Hike to Half Dome with Yosemite Conservancy -Yosemite Guided Tours
August 7, 2014 to August 10, 2014

Here’s your chance to summit Half Dome while taking time to enjoy the grand views along the way. Without rushing to beat the crowds or weather, you can look forward to a relaxed and peaceful Half Dome experience. This trip kicks off with a Thursday-evening meeting in Yosemite Valley to discuss the following three days on the trail, safety and Leave No Trace ethics. Meet in Yosemite Valley Friday morning, where an experienced Yosemite expert will lead your five-mile hike to camp in Little Yosemite Valley, stopping to admire two iconic waterfalls along the way. The next day, summit the cable route of Half Dome and make a leisurely return to camp for a second night in Little Yosemite Valley. The return descent back to the Valley is on the third day. This two-night trek is even more enjoyable, because bear lockers and restrooms are provided at Little Yosemite Valley Campground.

Experience package includes camping Aug. 7 & 10 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Curry Village Aug. 7 & 10. Information about upgrading your package will be available once you have registered. Both packages include Half Dome and wilderness permits. View a suggested packing list for this program.

We are offering three additional Half Dome trips that are just one night out: June 27–29, July 18–20 and Sept. 12–14.

Take a quick glimpse of Half Dome by viewing Yosemite Nature Notes: Half Dome.

Hiking: Challenging, including the exposed cable ascent to the summit; 17 miles round-trip; 9 miles with full backpack
Elevation: 4,000'–8,800'
Experience package: $269
Leader: Suzanne Swedo
Suzanne Swedo, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Suzanne Swedo

Suzanne Swedo is the director of W.I.L.D. and has backpacked the mountains of every continent. She has led groups into the backcountry for over 30 years and teaches wilderness survival and natural science for individuals, schools, universities, museums and organizations, including Yosemite Conservancy and the Sierra Club. She has authored numerous books and has appeared on radio and television to share her knowledge of backpacking, botany and wilderness survival.