The current park information indicates that the cables will be up and open for hiking on May 24, 2013. I hope this date sticks. This would be the Friday before Memorial Day. If the snow season continues at its current pace there may be delays. So that’s one good reason to hedge your bets when planning your hike. You MAY not be able to get up if snow blocks the trail and the crews are not able to erect the pipes and boards that hold up the cables. A roll of the dice. So it maybe better overall to think about a later summer trip.
Check this pie chart of 2012 applications. Thursdays are the most favorable with the least demand.
I also poked around at the recreation.gov site. They manage the applications for the Half Dome lottery. They updated the site with a new interface and the look and feel is a bit more pleasant. I tried a test run and it’s clear that all the bits are not in place. The lottery is not until March and there is no reason to enter on the first day. All applications received by the end of March will be in the pool. It is a lot more pleasant with the lottery vs the mad house scramble that we did in 2010 and 2011. For first timers, we had to click BUY at 07:00:00 PST in order to get your attempt in before others. It was first-come, first served. Those with fast internet lines made out best. Ah, the old days.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.” – Muhammed Ali
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com