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Half Dome Permit Process – How to improve your odds.

March is THE month to apply for permits for ALL 2017 for the honored right to ascent the famous cables at Half Dome. They have been up since 1919 and are beckoning.

Here’s the way it works. Anytime during March, you apply with up to 7 prioritized dates…you can ask for up to 6 permits. Recreation.gov manages it – not Yosemite.

Men on mountail

Only one way to get up – with a permit

The leader HAS to be on the hike. This prevents scalping. You cannot sell or buy permits. They will tell you in April if you won. Weekdays in June are the highest demand. In fact, over 5,000 people ask for permits then.  So be flexible and go later in the summer.

There is NO advantage to applying early in March – 2 chimpanzees draw the winner from all who  submitted an entry. It’s $4.50 to apply.

The odds are very low of getting a permit. About 40,000 a year go up…..remember 4 million visit Yosemite! 350 are allowed up each day. WAY better than in 2009 when over 1,000 hit the cables on weekends. (Permits began in 2010).

Learn more about it. See our PERMITS tab.

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Half Dome permits – How to Improve your odds.

Cables at half dome, yosemite

Make 2017 the year you get to the top of Half Dome

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

225 “day hiker” permits per day are sold for $8.00 via a lottery you apply for in March. Notification is in Mid-April.

Again this year, I will be offering my video seminar: “How to Improve your chances of getting a Half Dome permit.” It’s 35 minutes and dozens watched it last year. No guarantees, but MANY succeeded.

Enter a comment with your interest and I’ll reply with the process.

I will get your email address off the WordPress notification – it will not be seen by anyone else.

The fee is $5.00. No bitcoins.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Mama’s got a squeeze box she wears on her chest. And when Daddy comes home. He never gets no rest.” – The Who
Read “One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome
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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.

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