Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
To get or give permits, Click HERE.
** Put your contact info on the request. **
The Half Dome permit print-out system in now LIVE and really working. So if you snagged a May/June permit, go to Recreation.gov and get ready for a minor monkey circus. Log in. Go to your “current reservations.” Then go to “see details.” Pull up the one you want and click on REPRINT PERMIT. Then click the tiny box next to:
I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the permit and CABLES ON HALF DOME
Now, click PROCEED WITH PRINTING. (Like, duh, yes, I do really really want to print these out.) But then, then Adobe asks: “This document is trying to print. Do you want to allow this?” Jimminy Cricket! YES, dude…..why do you think I’m going thru all this?”
When you print out your “ticket” you will first get a courtesy piece of white paper with large empty boxes on it. Wha??? Throw that in the recycle bin. Then outs comes a tidy “official” looking sheet with your permit number, a barcode, your name, address and park safety messages. There is also a box for the “Group Leader” to sign. They don’t say it, but you then make copies for the number of permits you bought and give one to everyone. They MUST have a permit on their person to get beyond Checkpoint Charlie at the base of Sub Dome. And don’t lose it. The Ranger will have a print out of permit holders and numbers to cross check. If you are giving the permits away, give your recipient one copy and explain that they need to make copies. Everyone does not need to go up at the same time, but once all in your party are checked off, anyone else with a counterfeit copy will not be permitted to go up.
Her’s what they look like:
On the website, it spells out the rules regarding selling permits ..>
NOTE: This hiking permit is transferable, but cannot be resold or auctioned.
Resale of this permit is a violation of Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, section 1.6. You are allowed to give this permit to anyone else, but each permit can only be used once.
Now to add to the fun, if you need a CAMPING permit for one of the designated campgrounds (not a wilderness permit) you need to be ready on Tuesday March 15 when the recreation.gov website opens up at 7 am for sites between July 15 and August 14. Good luck, my friends!!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “On the other hand, Sequoia National Park is nice – Yosemite without the crowds.” – A wise old man
*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com