2017 Half Dome season | Cables at Yosemite up in May

The Half Dome Cables will be up from Friday May 26, 2017 through Tuesday October 10. 300 hikers are allowed.

225 “day hiker” permits per day are sold for $8.00 via a lottery in March. Notification is in Mid-April. 75 backpackers each day may apply to ascend the cables when they apply for their wilderness permits. Finally, about 50 permits are distributed via lottery EACH DAY during the summer – good 2 days later.


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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4 Responses to 2017 Half Dome season | Cables at Yosemite up in May

  1. Dan Gonzales says:

    We got a reservation for May 26, 2017. Have the crowds decreased since the quota? How long does it take to get to the cables?

    • Dan,

      Prior to permits…in 2009 there were over 1,000 people on the trails up half dome. With permits, it’s maxxed at 300. Yes, way better.

      Get my Book— One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome….about $10 on Amazon. I go thru 16 points of interest on the hike with mileage, altitude, GPS, odeometer. 7 miles to the cables.

  2. Curt – A pipe dream. In 2011 the cables got up June 22. 2017 is way worse (or better) than 2011. Bring a shovel on the JMT!! :>)


  3. Curt says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily count on the cables being up on May 26th. This snow year is looking to be much like 2011 and that year I had permits for May 27th and the HD trail was closed and cables were not up yet. That said, 2011 had some late snow. In fact it snowed on the Yosemite valley rim while we were there on the 27th. The water falls were great and the hike up the mist trail and Yosemite Falls were spectacular so our trip wasn’t a loss. Glacier point still had a foot or so of snow on the ground.

    A nice spring heat wave could make it a non-issue. Hoping a bit for that as I’m hiking the JMT this summer!

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