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Yosemite's Half Dome to reopen after snow delay

June 17, 2011 | 11:09 am

Photo: Yosemite's Half Dome. Credit: Mark Boster/ Los Angles Times Hikers wishing to summit Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome will have their chance beginning next week, park officials said Friday.

The cables that allow for access to the summit of the granite dome will be in place and open for the season beginning Wednesday, park officials said in a statement.

The metal cables and wooden planks were installed in May 2009 to allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet to the summit without rock-climbing equipment.

Hikers who embark on the 17-mile round-trip journey gain 4,800 feet of elevation and reach the cables after passing the Vernal and Nevada falls.

Visitors must have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables, which are open seven days a week. The permits can be reserved three months in advance.

For those not interested in scaling the side of a steep granite dome, the trail leading to the base of Half Dome does not require a permit.

Heavy winter snow and cooler spring temperatures delayed the opening of several of Yosemite’s roads, campgrounds and attractions this year.

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Photo: Yosemite's Half Dome. Credit: Mark Boster/ Los Angles Times

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