2015 Yosemite Half Dome Hiking Open 3 Weeks Early

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite will be in place May 2 for hikers. Day hikers May 2 and May 22 must apply for a two-day-in-advance permit.
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Cables assist hikers on the final 400 feet up Half Dome in Yosemite. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite will be in place May 2 and available for hikers. This opening date is three weeks earlier than previously scheduled due to the low snowpack.

Day hikers wishing to ascend the cables between May 2 and May 22 must apply for a two-day-in-advance permit though an online lottery at: recreation.gov. The lottery will be open for applications from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PDT) with lottery results available at 6:00 a.m. the following day. Day use permits for Half Dome are not available in the park. The cables will be inaccessible on Friday, May 1, due to maintenance.

The regularly scheduled Half Dome season will commence Saturday, 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 Thursday, May 21. Visitors wishing to obtain a permit can make reservations at recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777.

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