We're planning a trip to California this summer . We'll probably spend roughly 8-11 days on a raodtrip to see Vegas, Grand Canyon and (possibly) a day in Yosemite. I wonder about hiking the half dome. We live in Norway, so we're used to tall mountains, and we're all in pretty good shape, so no problems there. But, how "scary" is it? I've done a lot of rock climbing, bu my wife and son (aged 12) aren't exactly great with heights. Have any of you walked up with kids? If a child can make it, I'm guessing it can't be a l l that physically demanding?
How does one get hold of permits? Do they cost much?
Where should we spend the night?
I've heard that it takes about 12 hours to walk from the beginning of the trail, to the top of the dome and back. (But is that for slow walkers who take a lot of brakes, or is it 12 hours of hard, fast walking? I think 12 hours of hard walking might be a bit much for my son.)
Thank you for any helpful replies!
Kind regards from Christopher.