The annual rush for permits to hike up the 8,842 ft high half Dome is about to begin. Visitors have all of March to submit a request to recreation.gov with their request for up to six permits good this summer – from May 24 through October 6.
Permits have been required since 2010 and this year will be a repeat of 2013 when 225 daily permits were distributed via lottery. The lottery is managed by the park wilderness division, and executed by the recreation.gov vendor “back east.”
There is no rush to apply. All requests that arrive in March will be shuffled and winners selected and notified by mid-April. People can specify up to seven dates that are prioritized. Whoever buys the permits is charged a $4.50 non-refundable fee. Each permit is $8.00 but that will be refunded if it is cancelled two days prior to their proposed hike.
June is very popular as are weekends. It’s advised to plan a trip in late summer or early fall. The odds of winning a permit are higher then. The permits are not refunded due to weather, sickness or other problems. A Protection Division ranger is at the base of Sub Dome to check for permits. He/she has an iPAD that is uploaded nightly with the names of the official permit holders.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You pays your money and takes your chances.” – Americana
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com