Half Dome, Yosemite National Park

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    Half Dome

    by acemj Updated Jun 20, 2004

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    Immortalized by Ansel Adams, the Half Dome is the most recognizable icon of Yosemite National Park. The rock rises over 4500 feet above the Valley floor at an elevation at over 8800 feet. The other "half" of the dome is presumed to have fallen into the Valley during the Ice Age as a result of a passing glacier.

    In the summer months, you can hike to the top of Half Dome by winding your way up its back on a trail that is 17 miles roundtrip. Serious rock climbers will prefer to take the more direct route by scaling its face.

    Back in 1865, they never thought it would be possible . . .
    "It is a crest of granite... perfectly inaccessible, being probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden my human foot." — California Geological Survey report about Half Dome, 1865.

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    Half Dome

    by jag17 Updated Jun 13, 2004

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    Standing 8,836 feet in the air, Half Dome is hard to miss anywhere in Yosemite. For those so inclined (and in good shape), a cable system is set up to climb to it's peak. Approximately 18-20 miles roundtrip. In the evening hours, the bridge near Curry Village is filled with photographers. They all anxiously wach as this massive piece turns from white to orange, as the sun sets on it.

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    Half Dome

    by JanPeter74 Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Half Dome - seen from Glacier Point

    Half Dome, (one of) the largest monoliths in the world, is Yosemite's most dramatic landmark. It can be seen from almost anywhere in the park.

    The name already says it. It looks like this rock is cut in half. People suggest that the other half disappeared during the ice ages, due to glaciers passing by.

    This picture is taken from Glacier Point.

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    Half Dome

    by Saks_b Written Jan 8, 2004

    Half Dome is perhaps the most recognized symbol of Yosemite. Rising over 4,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the most sought-after landmarks in Yosemite. Some people even hike or rock climb to the top! Half Dome can be seen throughout eastern Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.

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    Yosemite Falls and Half Dome

    by mht_in_la Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    Yosemite Falls and Half Dome

    This is one of my favorite photos of Yosemite. The natural beauty of the Park is abstracted by its two icons: Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and framed into one picture. Nothing more and nothing less. It was taken along the Yosemite Falls Trail in early spring. The melting snow provided strong gush to the Falls, and the Dome was still covered with last winter's snow.

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    Half Dome

    by mht_in_la Written Nov 1, 2003
    Half Dome at sunset

    The distinct shape of Half Dome makes it an icon and the most photographed subject in Yosemite. Any time of the day you'll see photographers, professional or amateur, trying to find the best angle, sunlight, and cloud/mist to take their best shot. And Half Dome's color changes depending on all the above. One evening when leaving the Valley I noticed the last ray of sunlight happened to shine on its tip, so I quickly snapped this photo.

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    The incomparable Half Dome

    by zrim Written Oct 23, 2003

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    can you see why it is called Half Dome?

    What can I tell you about Half Dome that will make it any more magnificent than it already appears. That it was formed by unimaginable geothermal forces deep under an ancient sea, that it was never really a full dome, that it was however chopped and chiseled by glacial forces, that its sheer face soars 4733 feet above the valley floor. None of that stuff makes any difference when you are face to face with Half Dome. It is enough to just be there, staring at the gorgeous yet stark granite creation that makes all other rock formations pale in comparison.

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    Half Dome

    by Easty Written Jun 23, 2003

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    Half Dome from the Side

    Half Dome is another interesting rock formation that resembles half a dome. At the time I was in Yosemite, I did not know this. So the picture I took was from the wrong angle. Here is Half Dome from its side.

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    Half Dome

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Glimpsed from roadside viewpoints near the east end of the valley, this is a huge domed granite mountain, 8,800 feet high that was cut in two by glacial activity, leaving a 2,200 foot cliff with the steepest vertical grade in the USA

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    Half Dome

    by auschic1 Written Apr 21, 2005
    View of Half Dome

    Your choice whether to actually climb it or not, although it's seasonal so check that out first.
    But the half dome can be seen from virtually anywhere in the park, its that big.

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    Half Dome

    by spgood301 Written Feb 14, 2005

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    Half Dome-Yosemite

    This is Half Dome, one of Yosemite's signature mountains. It looks like Mother Nature took a little off the top!

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    A Well-Deserved Rest

    by Robachu1 Written Aug 14, 2004

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    On Top of the World

    After the 8 mile uphill hike from Happy Isles and the final 900 foot climb up the granite side of Half Dome climbers deserve to take a rest in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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    A Well-Deserved Rest

    by Robachu1 Written Aug 14, 2004

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    On Top of the World

    After the 8 mile uphill hike from Happy Isles and the final 900 foot climb up the granite side of Half Dome climbers deserve to take a rest in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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    Half Dome

    by pmarshuk Updated May 16, 2003

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    This outcrop of granite in the shape of half a dome has become the logo of Yosemite. The missing half was sheared off by glacial erosion.

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    Another View of Half Dome

    by mrclay2000 Updated May 5, 2003

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    Half Dome from Glacier Point

    Half Dome's unique position and shape make it among the most easily identifiable landmarks in the Valley. The view from Glacier Point is as good as they come.

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