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Definitive Half Dome Guide

Definitive Half Dome Guide Pro tip by Last Minute Gear


Half Dome has come a long way, from being declared as a summit that no one would ever reach, to one of the most popular trails in one of the most popular national park in the country. While there are tons of resources out there, this guide was written because all the other resources require you to read through paragraphs of dense text. We wanted to give you step-by-step instructions, side-by-side comparing of route options, and the handy map above to help with planning!

This guide is divided into 3 sections:

  1. Permits (options & instructions)
  2. Route planning (options & photos)
  3. Hike preparation (physical fitness, hazards, & gear list)

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