Yes, it’s officially spring. The Four Mile Trail is open.
It’s that time again when you can get into the preseason (hiking season) lottery for permits to make the hike to the top of Half Dome. Wait, what? You have to get a permit to hike to the top of Half Dome?
If you’re one of the lucky ones who got your permit early this is great news! If not you can still try for the daily lottery (see post for more information) to get a permit, if there are any left.
If you’re not on Twitter or weren’t attempting to hike to the top of Half Dome last Friday then you probably missed the closing of the cables for a short time. Here’s the full story.
Mount Starr King is one of those destinations that many visitors to Yosemite don’t often try to tackle. But it’s a great climb if you’ve got the time. Check out this really great video of climbing Mount Starr King.
Update: The NPS is saying now lightning wasn’t a factor in her death and that she slipped on the cables. Initial reports were that she had been struck on Half Dome. Very saddened to hear a woman was struck and killed by lightning this weekend while on top of Half Dome. Our deepest sympathies go [...]
Don’t forget, you have to have a permit.
There’s still a lot of snow in and around Yosemite so what’s open? What can you hike?
Camping along the Merced River outside of Yosemite offers a great alternative to the crowded Valley and campgrounds in early summer. It’s less expensive, less crowded and the wildflowers can make it an unforgettable experience.
If you’ve been thinking about hiking Half Dome when the cables go up this spring get ready to get your permit. They’re now required no matter what day you want to hike.