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Yosemite's Half Dome cables go up for the season on Wednesday, June 16

June 10, 2010 | 10:39 am

Hikers scale the steel cables that traverse Half Dome's sloping northeast face.

The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season Wednesday, June 16.

Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.  The majority of permits have been reserved, though those still interested in trying to get one should visit www.recreation.gov for more information and availability. Permits are not required for using the Half Dome cables Monday through Thursday, and visitors hiking the trail leading to the cables do not need a permit.

This interim permit program, implemented this year by the National Park Service, is part of an effort to better regulate the number of hikers using the cable system to get to the top of Half Dome and address safety issues that have arisen from crowding, which has led to unsafe conditions and long waits.

Park rangers would like to remind visitors that they should take appropriate precautions when planning a hike of this length and difficulty, and to be prepared for changing weather and trail conditions. Thunder and lightning are common in the High Sierra during the summer and fall.  Hikers should not attempt to summit Half Dome during thunderstorms and are advised to use extreme caution when the rocks are wet.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Hikers scale the steel cables that traverse Half Dome's sloping northeast face. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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