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.
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.
Is there a way to have a better chance?
YES. I’ve been up 41 times and broke the code. 2 summers I did it 5 times each year. Knowledge is good. So I created a “seminar” video where I spill the beans.
If you missed the 2016 seminar I did on “How to improve your odds of getting a permit,” I recorded it and you can learn the best ways to maximize your chances of snagging a Yosemite Half Dome Permit. There are no guarantees, but last year MANY used these tactics and won.http://hikehalfdome.com/dome-tshirts-order/
If you’d like to see it, send me an email with YOUR email and I will reply with the link. I’ll ask for $5.00 to help pay for my Ferrari (not). Use MrHalfDome @ gmail.com
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Go for it.
Half Dome is calling and YOU must go.