Following on the success of it’s weekend permit system the NPS has opted to extend the program requiring permits for all hikers who wish to ascend the cables to the top of Half Dome, not just weekend hikers.
Permits will again be issued through the National Recreation Reservation Service (Recreation.gov) online ticket counter on a first-come, first-served basis. As was the case last year, permits will become available 4 months in advanced with a slight chance for hikers to get canceled permits up until midnight the evening prior to their hike date.
Last season weekend permit demand was high and permits were reserved months in advance. Hikers without permits will be turned around at the foot of the cables.
For more information on the new Half Dome permit system visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/hdpermits.htm.
Photo by Amanda Dague.