For the first time that the /council of Elders can recall, the Yosemite Half Dome cables are being install ed in time open for the season on May 16. The extremely low snowpack and the agile scheduling of the trail crews allowed this.
Here is the essence of the Park’s Press Release. GO FOR II ! ! !
Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park to Open Friday, May 16
Early Season Permits Available at Recreation.gov
The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be reset this Friday, May 16, 2014. This opening date is a week earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack. Hikers wishing to ascend the cables between May 16 and May 22 can apply online at: www.recreation.gov for a first-come, first-served, permit. Permits for the early season week will be available at 7:00 a.m. (PDT) / 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, May 14. These early season permits are required, non-refundable and non-transferable.
The regularly scheduled Half Dome season will commence Friday, May 23. Permits for the regular season were available through a lottery during the month of March. Approximately 50 permits per day will be available on a daily basis through a two day in advance lottery beginning Wednesday, May 21. Visitors wishing to obtain a permit can make reservations at www.recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.
For more information regarding the lottery and the Half Dome cables, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/