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Home National & State Parks Yosemite Yosemite’s Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Now Available for Reservation

Yosemite’s Half Dome Cables Day Use Permits Now Available for Reservation

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Yosemite National Park's Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2013 hiking season are now available for reservation through March 31, 2013 at the www.recreation.gov Web site, according to the National Park Service.

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week and reservations will be distributed via a lottery system. Successful parties will be notified in early April. A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the Half Dome cables per day.

half_dome3Reservations for the permits can be made online at
www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.

Hiking to the top of Half Dome, one of the West's great attractions, is one of the most popular and demanding hikes in Yosemite National Park. The iconic granite monolith, at 8,842 feet above sea level, attracts people from all over the world who attempt to climb to the summit.

Usually at least a 12-hour hike, most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are typically in place from late-May through mid-October. Most visitors begin and end their hike at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. This is an approximately 17-mile round-trip journey.

The fee for reserving the permits is $4.50 if done online at
www.recreation.gov, or $6.50 if making the reservation by telephone. One permit reservation application covers up to six persons in a hiking party.

For those applicants who are successful in getting a permit, the fee for the cable day use permit is $8 per person.

"The fee allows us to create a program that's fair to everybody," said Yosemite National Park spokesperson Kari Cobb.

For those who miss out on the March 2013 application filing window, there's still a good chance at being able to get a permit to get to the top of Half Dome using the cables.

Approximately 50 subsequent daily permits will be available each day by lottery during the hiking season. These permits are made available based on the average number of no-shows and cancellations from the pre-season lottery.

The permits must be applied for two days in advance of the desired hiking date. Reservations for the two-day in advance permits can also be made through

If you are staying at the park, you still must apply online at the recreation.gov Web site.

Cobb said for those who bring their own electronic devices there is Wi-Fi service in Curry Village. There also is computer access in Yosemite Village at Degnan's Deli, Yosemite Lodge, and at the county library. The Yosemite Valley has 3G network available.

For those who do not have a printer with them to print out tickets, they can pick up the tickets at the park.

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers.

Despite an 1865 report declaring that it was "perfectly inaccessible, being probably the only one of the prominent points about the Yosemite which never has been, and never will be, trodden by human foot," George Anderson reached the summit in 1875, in the process laying the predecessor to today's cable route.

Cobb said it's likely that the soonest visitors will be able to use the cables will be Memorial Day Weekend. For more information, check the park's Web site at
www.nps.gov/yose .

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