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Explore Half Dome.

Explore Half Dome.

Every year, people travel from different parts of the world to visit Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is home to one of the most famous hikes in the country - Half Dome. This hike is not for the feint of heart. With an elevation greater than 8000 feet, individuals train to tackle this rigorous 10-14 hour trek within the mountains, and if your cardio is anything like mine, training is definitely required.

In order to reach the top, cable systems are in place within the rock for hikers safety. Without these cables, hiking half dome will be virtually impossible since the surface of the rock shoots straight up into the sky.

During the summer, there's a huge demand from hikers wanting to cross a hike off their bucket list, and since the path to the top is narrower than a twin bed, overcrowding is a serious issue. To prevent this, only 50 people per day are allowed to hike Half Dome. Permits are very similar to a golden ticket. They're limited, and in order to secure one, you must enter a lottery for a chance to climb to the top. 

However, once up, the views you'll experience are breathtaking. There's nothing better than a gorgeous view after a long and intense hike. Half Dome is no different. There's plenty of rocks for you and your hiking squad to sit, have a picnic, and regain some energy before you have to make your way down.

If you're ever in California, love a good hike, and are down for an adventure; check out Half Dome, or the other hikes Yosemite has to offer. Also, check out the video below to get a glimpse of the killer views you'll encounter (WARNING: spoilers).

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