Hike Half Dome: Summit Challenge 1

Guided Yosemite Hike to Half Dome with Yosemite Conservancy -Yosemite Guided Tours
June 27, 2014 to June 29, 2014

This trek is so popular, we are offering it three times! Whether you are looking to tackle Half Dome for the first time or want the thrill of standing on the summit with new friends, this will be an unforgettable experience. The trip kicks off with a Friday-evening meeting in Yosemite Valley to go over what to expect on the trail, safety and Leave No Trace ethics. We begin backpacking early Saturday to Little Yosemite Valley, where we’ll camp for the night. On Sunday, we’ll hike to the cables to reach the summit before the heat, crowds and afternoon thunderstorms. You’ll get back down to Yosemite Valley in time to relax with a cold beverage in the afternoon. If you’re ready for a challenge, this is a good one. This one-night trek is even more enjoyable, because bear lockers and restrooms are provided at Little Yosemite Valley Campground.

Experience package includes camping June 27 & 29 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Half Dome Village June 27 & 29. 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.

This program is also offered July 18–20 and Sept. 12–14. Interested in an extended trip? Check out our two-night option, Hike Half Dome: The Easy Way, Aug. 7–10.

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

Hiking: Very strenuous, including the exposed cable ascent to the summit; 17 miles round-trip; 9 miles with full backpack
Elevation: 4,000'–8,800'
Experience package: $199
Leader: Pete Devine
Pete Devine, Yosemite Conservancy expert guide

Pete Devine

Pete Devine has taught outdoors in Yosemite for 30 years and is the now the Yosemite Conservancy’s Resident Naturalist. Originally from New England, Pete has worked in the West as a park ranger, archeologist, river guide, naturalist and teacher. He has hiked the Alps, Andes, Himalaya, Min Shan and Southern Alps, and has a bird list that includes motmots, minivets, drongos and the plain-mantled tit spinetail. Pete has been studying the recession of Yosemite’s Lyell Glacier for twenty years, and he serves as a Yosemite Expert for National Geographic Expeditions. 

Watch Pete in action in Episode 9 of Yosemite Nature Notes, "Frazil Ice".