|It isn't easy to see...|
Normally the best spot to see Half Dome is from Keyes Road and Oakdale-Waterford Highway near Denair and Turlock. I recently found another spot that works, a little former town called Hopeton on the Merced River east of Turlock. We passed by there on the way to Yosemite Valley yesterday. We stopped about a half mile west of Hopeton on Turlock Avenue.
|A zoom lens helps...|
|Lines drawn in the air help too...|
Keep in mind that Half Dome doesn't look obvious from these sights. You have to be looking for it on a clear day, and binoculars or a zoom lens will help. The first picture above gives some idea of the challenge. The view in the picture below is at a 60x zoom.
|But mostly I prefer going up there and seeing it up close...|