One can't talk about the beauty of Yosemite without talking about Half Dome, the white whale of rock hikes that when first viewed by American settlers was deemed unclimbable. This giant towers 5,000ft over the Yosemite Valley, the most famous and visible peak in the park. Thousands of climbers every year brave the 10-to-12-hour hike to the summit, the last 400ft of which requires metal cables. The view from the top is one of America's most spectacular, and the feeling of accomplishment should make the hike down a little bit easier.
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