|Hiking some steep steps up to Vernal Falls, on the way to Half Dome|
|Nevada Falls from below.|
After the two falls, you are way higher up, and have a level mile of hiking with good views of Half Dome through the trees. Then solid forested switchbacks start and take a while before coming to the last bit before the cables. Here, you are again on carved in steps, that are just as steep as before, except you've now hiked over 7 miles. The views of the surrounding mountains start to get amazing here, a little taster of what you will see on top of the Dome.
|Working my way up more steep granite stairs to get to the base of Half Dome's peak, where the cables are|
|View from the last switchbacks before the cables|
|Some epic scenery all around above the trees|
|That classic post hike shot of the feet, 13+ miles on the day, and plenty filthy|
|The river by my campsite, perfect to wash off a sweaty body that made it to the top of Half Dome in 4 hours|