Annette McGivney

Annette McGivney was the editor for National Park Journal in 2013. She is an award-winning journalist and the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine. In addition to Backpacker, her writing has appeared in Outside, Arizona Highways, and Sunset magazines.

Yosemite Half Dome at sunset

Yosemite National Park's Iconic Half Dome of Granite

Half Dome is a world-renowned 8,800-foot landmark in Yosemite. Learn how the dome was formed, the best places to view it and how to hike it.

View from Taft Point in Yosemite

Top 7 Yosemite Hikes with a View

Stroll past Yosemite Falls, Tenaya Lake, and the Half Dome on these "bucket list" hikes in Yosemite National Park.

Swimming and Paddling on the east end of Tenaya Lake. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

7 Top Ways to Get Wet in Yosemite

Stay cool in summer by swimming, rafting, fishing, tubing, and more in and around Yosemite.

The end of the Half Dome Trail in Yosemite with cables to help hikers.

Yosemite's Half Dome Hiking Survival Guide

Permits for climbing Half Dome can only be obtained via lottery from March 1-31, so early planning is essential.

Yosemite's granite domes from Tunnel View including Half Dome and El Capitan

Forming Yosemite's Granite Domes

Toward the end of Earth's last ice age, huge glaciers moved down from the Sierra Nevada high country carrying debris that scoured and polished Yosemite's granite rocks to a smooth surface.

John Muir

John Muir, Yosemite National Park's Protector

A camping trip with President Roosevelt and Muir led to an explosion of wilderness protection across the country and a push to make Yosemite a national park.