Altitude 2684m a.s.l
John Muir Trail © Mark Collins
The classic profile of Half Dome, recognizable worldwide, sits over the east end of Yosemite Valley like a distant guardian. Glaciers cleaved the dome clear in half, leaving incredible slab climbs on the sunny southern aspect such as Snake Dike (5.7) and Southern Belle (5.12) to amazingly steep lines on the Northwest face. The regular route on the Northwest face is one of many aid climbers' first objectives, but it makes for a great, adventurous free climb as well.
Even the hiking route up to the summit visor, via the cables, is classic, and it is no wonder why this formation was used for the North Face's logo.
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