Half Dome permits – the odds

The park has done a very good service this year by posting the number of applications for Half Dome permits and bar graphing them. First, here’s a pie chart showing the summer “day of the week” applications. (As of March 19)


Next, look at the request load for June…notice the spikes on Saturdays. 


Now look at August… gee, very few applications. 

If you look at the whole page <HERE>, you’ll see way fewer applications later in the summer. It’s as if everyone wants to do the hike early – or they cannot firm up plans to go that far in advance.

What is missing is an explanation of what we are looking at. Are they graphing “applications” or the number of permits being asked for. A big difference. Since the vertical axis is scaled to “300” – the number of day hikers allowed, I’d think it’s the total number of PERMITS being asked for each day. Not the number of submitted applications (which could range from 1 to 6 permits). I’ll ask my park contacts for clarification. Bottom line – hike mid-week and later in the summer.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Ground Control to Major Tom: Commencing countdown, engines on. Check ignition and may God’s love be with you.” – David Bowie  

*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome


About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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2 Responses to Half Dome permits – the odds

  1. Russ Cary says:

    Hi Rick.

    I had the same question, and was told by one of the NPS website authors that it’s listing the number of applications, not total requested permits. So actual permit requests could be up to six times higher than are listed on the charts.


    • Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch says:


      You are correct. I just got feedback from the park and will blog about it now.


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