All of the summer permits to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome were distributed following the March lottery. But you can still get to the top this year by entering the mini-lottery. But how are the odds? Honestly, pretty good. In the few days since the cables were put up on May 25, the NPS has been able to make many people happy by awarding permits. 50 permits are put up daily for access. Data is still too little to generalize, but so far an average of 85 permits have been on the block. This is the 50 base number and any cancellations. Weekdays are still the best bet. Considering all those who entered the lottery, about 25% were successful. So, give it a try. It’s worth it.
Other news: Tuolumne Meadows Campground will open on June 8. It will be 100% first-come, first-serve basis through June 12. Then half will be reservable via recreation.gov.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Madman drummers bummers, Indians in the summer
with a teenage diplomat. In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat. With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin’ kinda older, I tripped the merry-go-round. With the stereo pleasin’ and sneezin’ and wheezin, the calliope crashed to the ground. Oh she was blinded by the light, revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night” – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com