Cables to the Summit of Half Dome will be Reset

Cables to the Summit of Half Dome will be Reset

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite
National Park will be reset this Friday, May 16, 2014. This opening date is a week earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack. Hikers wishing to ascend the cables between May 16 and May 22 can apply online at:

www.recreation.gov


for a first-come, first-served, permit. Permits for the early season week will be available at 7:00 a.m. (PDT) / 10:00 a.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, May 14. These early season permits are required, non-refundable and non-transferable.
The regularly scheduled Half Dome season will commence
Friday, May 23. Permits for the regular season were available through a lottery during the month of March. Approximately 50 permits per day will be available on a daily basis through a two day in advance lottery beginning Wednesday, May 21. Visitors wishing
to obtain a permit can make reservations at

www.recreation.gov


or call 877-444-6777.
For more information regarding the lottery and
the Half Dome cables, please visit

www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/halfdome.htm

The trail to Half Dome from Yosemite Valley is
an extremely strenuous hike covering over 17 miles. Hikers gain 4,800 feet of elevation along the trail that passes highlights such as Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall, before reaching the cables on Half Dome’s steep granite shoulder. Metal cables and wooden planks
are placed along the steep shoulder of the dome to assist hikers to the summit.
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 to use extreme caution when the rocks are wet.

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