Yosemite – Diving Board hike

This past weekend I was joined by my brother Jim and friend Charlie from Death Valley to undertake a brand new Yosemite Valley exclusive hike.  My previous Yosemite Valley exclusive hikes were done in 2008 and 2012, so it was definitely time to head back.  After a couple of years of planning and research, a destination was ready.  For this hike, we went to a hard-to-reach and seldom-visited location known as the Diving Board.  It was an incredible hike and experience and I will be writing up a brand new trip report on it soon.  The Diving Board contains perhaps the best views which can be found in the entire park, with the highlight being that you are standing directly in front of the face of Half Dome.  This proved to be my lifetime best hike in Yosemite (out of some 50 trips I have taken there) and 1 of my 10 lifetime best overall hikes.  We truly enjoyed it.  Here are a few teaser images in advance of the upcoming report.  The hike was 12 miles RT with 3,600 feet of cumulative elevation gain.  I took 334 photographs along the way including some of a bear playing in a meadow near Lost Lake and also of the moon behind some climbers on Half Dome.

At Lost Lake with Half Dome in the background on the way to the Diving Board
At Lost Lake with Half Dome in the background a short time after leaving main park trails
A very special and impressive view of Nevada Fall along the way
A very special and impressive view of Nevada Fall along the way
Taking a short break as we neared the Diving Board
Taking a short break as we neared the Diving Board
Jim leaning over the edge to see down into Yosemite Valley
Jim leaning over the edge to see down into Yosemite Valley
My photo of Half Dome's face from the Diving Board
My photo of Half Dome’s face from the Diving Board