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.
Learning how to read a topographic map is not only useful and could save your life, but it’s something fun you can do with your kids on your next trip to Yosemite.
The cables will be in place for visitors wishing to climb Half Dome via the shoulder route starting this Friday, May 25th 2012. Permits are required to hike to the top of Half Dome for all visitors. Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables seven days per week. The [...]
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 [...]
There’s still a lot of snow in and around Yosemite so what’s open? What can you hike?
It’s been a problem since the first ticket to an event was ever produced – scalpers – and Yosemite isn’t immune to the problem. Recently permits to hike Half Dome that only cost a nominal $1.50 processing fee have begun showing up on Craigslist for as much as $50.
Thinking about hiking Half Dome in July? Start your computer and warm up the coffee maker, tomorrow is your day to get your permit.
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 were thinking about doing some hiking in the Hetch Hetchy area, maybe around back to Wapama Fall, you should probably start coming up with an alternate plan now.