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Yosemite Half Dome cable permits for May and June available beginning Monday

February 26, 2010 |  1:48 pm


Just a reminder that Yosemite National Park day-use permits will be required for those wanting to use the cable system to the top of Half Dome.

Reservations for May and June permits will be accepted starting Monday, March 1, at 7 a.m.

This interim program, implemented by the National Park Service, is being done in an effort to better regulate the number of hikers using the cable system, to address safety issues that have arisen from crowding, which has led to unsafe conditions and long waits on the popular hike.

The Half Dome day-use permits will only be required on weekends, including Fridays, as well as holidays. Four hundred will be issued per day, with 100 of those to be included in wilderness permits. The permits are required for the use of the trail from the base of the subdome to the summit of Half Dome and include the Half Dome cable route.

It is anticipated that the demand for permits will be high, so those interested in obtaining them should, prior to Monday, read the step-by-step instructions posted on recreation.gov on how to secure a reservation. 

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: A winter look at Half Dome. Credit: Dan Blackburn / Image Associates


Yosemite will require permits for Half Dome hikes, starting in May

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