Wilderness Permits

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

     Now that everyone is all set for their Half Dome permits, many of you might be thinking of heading to the backcountry this summer to enjoy total solitude. Plan on a July start for many trails that might be snow bound. Do you know how to get a permit? Here ya go.

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     You can make your permit reservations 24 weeks in advance of your starting date. Yosemite has a Wilderness Permit Reservation Phone Line that’s open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at (209) 372-0740. 60% of permits are reservable – the remaining are first come. So if you are short of planning, go to the  Valley Wilderness Center (in the main village) after its opening day on April 29. Talk to the uniformed folks. Any exta next-day walk-up wilderness permits will be available the day before your desired trip beginning at 11:00 am (not at opening time). You can also get your actual Wilderness permits you reserved on the day before your hike on the same day of your hike. Be sure to have your bear proof canister at the ready. To learn more click <HERE>.

Unrelated thought worth quoting:“I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.” – Willa Cather. 

R.I.P.  Frank Buckles – The last American World War I soldier.

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com

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2 Responses to “Wilderness Permits”

  1. Dean Says:

    Rick do you get a Half Dome permit with your Wilderness Permit? I wonder if folk who miss out on Half Dome permits might be tempted to bag a Wilderness even if they aren’t camping out?

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      No HD permit with wilderness permit. You simply get the ability to visit HD with a WP specific to HD.

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