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Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley — possibly Yosemite's most familiar sight. The granite crest rises more than above the valley floor. (...)
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"The highly strenuous John Muir Trail, which incorporates the Mist Trail, leads from Yosemite Valley to the Half Dome Trail."
"The trail climbs past Vernal and Nevada Falls ,then continues into Little Yosemite Valley, then north to the base of the northeast ridge of Half Dome itself."
"Opposite the North Dome, and forming the east end of the Yosemite Valley, towers the Half Dome (8,850ft/2,695m) which, as the name suggests, is shaped like a vertically-halved dome."
"At first, Yosemite Valley might seem to be a confusing series of roadways, but you'll soon realize that all roads lead to a one-way loop that hugs the valley's perimeter."
"Efforts to protect Yosemite Valley began as far back as June 30, 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias to the State of California as an inalienable public trust."
"Also stop at Olmsted Point (T24) and stroll a quarter mile [0.4 kilometer] for a look down Tenaya Canyon at Half Dome, the world-famous granite monolith rising nearly a mile [1.6 kilometers] above Yosemite Valley’s floor."
"Glacier Point is about an hour's drive from Yosemite Valley via Glacier Point Rd off Hwy 41."
"All of the major walls and formations in Yosemite Valley had been climbed by the mid 1950s with the exception of the Northwest Face of Half Dome and El Capitan."
"Millions of visitors come to Rhode Island-size Yosemite each year, most to the mile-wide (1.6-kilometer-wide) Yosemite Valley, which was cut by the Merced River and then enlarged by glaciers."
"Mirror Lake - At its east end the Yosemite Valley forks into two narrow valleys, Tenaya Creek (northeast) and Merced River ... More."
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