Hike Half Dome: Summit Challenge 3

Guided Yosemite Hike to Half Dome with Yosemite Conservancy -Yosemite Guided Tours
September 12, 2014 to September 14, 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 Sept. 12 & 14 at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley plus entry into Yosemite. Upgrade your package to stay at Half Dome Village Sept. 12 & 14. 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 June 27–29 and July 18–20. 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: 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.