Climb the classic peaks and viewpoints surrounding the famous Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. All summits and points included in this challenge are accessible by trails (with the exception of a .9 off-trail section through easy forested terrain to the summit of Mt. Watkins).


Highest peak

Clouds Rest

9,930 ft / 3,026 m

Most prominent peak

Half Dome

1,362 ft / 415 m

Most summited peak

Half Dome

272 summits

Most difficult peak

Half Dome

Class 3

Difficulty breakdown

Class 3/4 1 peak

Top climbing months

June   21%

July   20%

August   16%

"Came from Tenaya Lake and passed Clouds Rest. We did not have permit but got very lucky. A group of 5 russians from LA had a regular permit for 6, one of their friends got way behind and they did not want to wait for her. We both could accompany them. :-) Cables were steeper than I thought! Squirrels at the top. Foggy because of forest fires." - Half Dome, Pieter, Aug 27, 2017
"Climbed the 5.7 R pitch up snake dike then the 1000 ft scramble to the top with Nate Kemp and ClimberSteve. Went down the cables that are currently down with a via ferrata style setup then took the long 12 or so mile hike back to the valley. Started 3:15 am finished in time for beer at the valley 9:50pm" - Half Dome, wmitchell, May 19, 2017
"Beautiful, mid-60's day. Decided to try Cloud's Rest from the Valley through to Tenaya Lake, so parked cars at each end. Also planned on getting Half Dome in on the way, but due to a late start and lack of permits quickly abandoned that goal. Finished at Lake Tenaya just past sunset." - Clouds Rest, austin, Oct 1, 2016
"A hike as designed by Walt Disney. Too much beauty to take in and way to much to describe here. Hit the trail by headlamp at 5:30 on a weekday and I was not alone by any means. Worth it as the scariest thing on the cables are the other people. Cannot wait to do it again." - Half Dome, JustinB, Sep 20, 2016
"Started from Happy Isles Trailhead ~6:00am reached subdome ~noon and summit ~1:00pm. Returned to trailhead ~8:10pm for overall longer than 14 hours. Watched rattlesnake eating squirrel for more than 10 minutes. " - Half Dome, keung, Jul 4, 2016