Just in time for Memorial Day the Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park will be in place and ready for visitors starting tomorrow, Friday, May 11, 2018.
A permit is required to ascend the cables to the top of Half Dome and can be obtained in the daily lottery on www.recreation.gov. There is a limited number and they go fast so don’t wait until the day you want to hike to try for a permit.
Applications are accepted from 12:01 am to 1:00 pm two days in advance of the intended hiking date. Lottery applicants may request up to six permits. Permits are required to ascend the Half Dome cables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A $10 application fee will be charged for each application, and a $10 permit fee will be charged for each permit issued. Permit applicants must use their legal name when applying for a permit and a matching government-issued ID is required at the permit check point.
Overnight use permits are available through the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm.
Visitors should expect icy and wet conditions along parts of the Mist Trail as is common this time of year and along the John Muir Trail in shaded areas.
For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200, press 1 and press 1 again.