Over 17,000 applications were received by recreation.gov for summer Half Dome permits, requesting approximately 75,500 permits of the 41,100 permits available by lottery. Most of these permit request were for May, June and July. Weekends are pretty much sold out, but I suspect there will be a truck load of cancelled permits since many applicants had each person in their group apply. So multiple winners will be cancelling out at least 2 days in advance to recoup their $5.00 each permit. I tried for a Monday in June and got zapped …. but will go to the park anyway and try the mini-lottery. Permits cannot be sold, so don’t ask here. I support the park and won’t contribute to scalpers. Plus it’s against the law.
The demand for permits mid-week starting in mid-August were BELOW the allocated supply of 300 per day. If you can go then – do it!! August is great (just be cautious of thunderstorms) and I love September – sun doesn’t set until about 7, the crowds are gone and weather is pleasant. October can be dicey as winter in the mountains arrives early. I did it wearing full fleece.
In my never ending quest for Carpe Diem, our Hamburg, Germany office will be linking up with Headquarters staff from San Jose-by-the-sea for a Utah hiking trip this week. Will try to do the blog but it maybe dark until Friday. If I can help out with anything please email or comment today.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Just do it.” -Nike
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com