2012-05-17 / Front Page

Half Dome cables go up Friday

 The cables allowing access for hikers to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, May 25, weather permitting.

Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables seven days per week.  The majority of the permits were distributed through a lottery system that ended in March.  However, approximately 50 permits per day are available through a two day in advance lottery.  Visitors without a Half Dome permit wishing to hike the cables may enter the lottery two days in advance of their planned day hike by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.  For more information regarding the lottery and the Half Dome cables, visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/halfdome.htm.

Visitors are advised to take appropriate precautions when planning a hike of this length and difficulty, and to be prepared for changing weather and trail conditions. Thunder and lightning are common occurrences in the High Sierra during the summer and fall seasons.  Hikers should not attempt to summit Half Dome when rain or thunderstorms are forecasted and are advised



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