Traffic Jam on the Cables
I have stood on top of this massive piece of Granite, at least ten times, and each time it never fails to amaze. True it is great to look at from the valley floor, towering nearly five thousand vertical feet over your head, but that pales in comparison to the journey to the top. For those in a hurry (and in decent shape), it is easily done in a day. For those who would rather take their time, there are campgrounds on the river at about the halfway point. Don't kid yourself though, this is not your everyday hike. Nearly a thousand steps carved into the stone will have to be ascended prior to the summit. Lucky for you, the scenery along the way helps to take your mind off the burn in your legs. A large portion of the trail follows the river and takes you passed two magnificent water falls. There are plenty of places to swim, and even a natural water slide. Mind the edges, for a fall off either fall would be certain death. Finally after roughly eight miles of hiking, you reach the dome and stare at the cables that will aid in your summit bid. You will be tired, but don't worry, time can be taken while on the cables and there is plenty of room for other to pass if they are in a hurry. Once on top, go straight for the diving board, a piece of rock that hangs out over the face for some great photos. Enjoy!!