We’re thrilled to be able to invite guests on October 1, October 9, and October 15, 2019 to join us on the ultimate Yosemite day hike to the top of the parks’ most iconic formation: Half Dome. If you’re an avid hiker who’s been dreaming of Yosemite’s world-famous Half Dome hike but haven’t had time for all the permits and planning, then this is the trip for you!

Participants 14 years and older should be prepared for a strenuous hike on steep terrain. The Half Dome Hike is led by a warm, personable guide from our experienced Recreation Team who are excited to share their passion for and knowledge of Yosemite with you.

The price of $295 includes:

  • Transportation
  • Park Admission
  • Half Dome hiking permit
  • A friendly naturalist guide
  • Gloves for hiking Half Dome summit cables
  • Lunch vouchers for use in our General Store

This hike’s 17 rugged round-trip miles and 4,800 feet in elevation gain will challenge your strength and courage. The scenery from the top is unsurpassed, and the journey to the summit is a tale for the ages. The hike begins in Yosemite Valley and winds up the Mist Trail, passing 900 feet of spectacular waterfalls, and continues upward through lush coniferous forest. The crux of the hike is ascending the legendary steel cables bolted to Half Dome’s sheer granite face – not for the faint of heart. Yosemite Valley is at your feet and sweeping panoramas of Sierra peaks are your generous reward.

Here at Rush Creek Lodge, we have a profound respect and appreciation for the history of the massive formation that was deemed ‘perfectly inaccessible’ in 1865 by the California Geological Survey. They went on to describe Half Dome as being ‘probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden by human foot.’ Over 150 years later and scaling Half Dome is now an attainable and rewarding experience for thrill-seekers across the globe.

If our October dates aren’t a fit for you, click here for the link to the National Park Service’s official and insightful web page detailing permitting and other helpful information for future planning.

Be sure to contact our Recreation Department at Rush Creek Lodge to reserve your spot as availability is limited. You can contact them at (209) 379-2373 or email recreation@rushcreeklodge.com.