Half Dome Permits update

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

To get or give permits, Click HERE.

** Put your contact info on the request. **

   The Park is aware of the confusion regarding the permits and what is actually constitutes a “PERMIT” . . . the confirmaton email or a separate ticket. There has been some issue with recreation.gov. They are located “back East” and are a private firm that managest he reservations for a lot of agencies. So Yosemite has to pay them the $1.50 fee to administer the permit distribution. In 2010, we had to be mailed a physical ticket that looked like this:  


  The cost to mail out 40,000 permits was expensive and overkill. This year they intended to avoid that by imbedding an image of a “ticket” into the confirmation that we got back on email. Unfortunately, recreation.gov must have not gotten the memo. As we saw, all they sent to us was the confirmation. Calls to them by readers indicted they were clueless. The park is now aware of the mix up (thanks to you guys telling me) and is fixing it.

     The Get/Give permits thread is getting a lot of requests for tickets. All I can suggest is to keep monitoring and hope a generous soul decides he/she got too many and is willing to give them to you. It’s all first come/first served and I wish you good luck. I say we will have to get used to “too many people” and need to deal with it. I doubt anyone is ready to cancel their permits this early – as we get closer to the cables being set up,  then I hope some permits free up. Be sure to put your contact info on your request. I am not the ticket office but this blog is apparently the only exchange service available. And the park prohibits selling permits (you can recoup our $1.50 fee).

      If you have your reservations for a place to stay and you don’t get Half Dome permits, consider one of the many other great hikes at Yosemite. I have blogged about many, so just enter “Cloud’s Rest” etc. into the WordPress search window and with luck it will take you to that blog. Other great 1-day  trips are: Yosemite Falls, 4-mile trail, North Dome, Merced Canyon/Merced Lake, the Diving Board, Taft/Stanford/Dewey Points, The Old Big Oak Flat Road, Ostrander Hut, Glen Aulin, Waterwheel Falls, Hetch Hetchy. Further away would include Wawona, The Mariposa Gove or Hite’s Cove.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”   – Robert Louis Stevenson

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com


4 Responses to “Half Dome Permits update”

  1. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    Hite’s Cove is a wonderful trail in late March for wildflowers, but it’s way too hot in the summer and often closed due to fire danger.

    other hikes to consider out of the Valley: hiking Tenaya Creek and then towards Snow Creek Falls (solitude after Mirror Lake); up to Nevada Falls and then along the Merced River up to Bunnell Cascade and back;
    planning a very long day and continuing up to Eagle Peak after Yosemite Falls; up the 4 Mile Trail (which got rerouted to more like 4.6 miles one way but not renamed) and back down on the Panorama Trail to top of Nevada Falls and then out either by John Muir Trail or the Mist Trail.

    from Tunnel View, up to Stanford Point (or farther) — coming back, the views of El Capitan in the late afternoon are wonderful.

    take the bus up to Glacier Point and just hike down on Panorama or Four Mile if you have folks in your group who’d like a more leisurely trip.

    from the Tioga Pass Road: Elizabeth Lake and Unicorn Creek, short but really gorgeous at the end; after the snow melts, from Tamarack Flat to the top of El Capitan and back; Mono Pass — a bit beyond the end of the pass, you can look down onto Mono Lake; Vogelsang Lake and back — a very long day, but can be done, and there’s a nice but even longer loop up along the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River and then along Ireland Creek; the back loop of Saddlebag Lake, which is not maintained and requires some fun finding the trail; Gaylor Lakes and beyond; up to the first of the Young Lakes — if you go up past Dog Lake and then via the more eastern trail and make a loop of it, there’s a fantastic high meadow with mountains all around before you get to Ragged Peak; the closest of the lakes in the Ten Lakes Basin via Yosemite Creek; Cathedral Lakes on a weekday (a bit crowded, true, but spectacular)

    I’ve never taken on Mount Dana, and probably won’t until YC creates a more formal trail out of the use trails. It’s one of the highest in the park.

  2. Dean Says:

    I also enjoyed 4 Mile trail…first half you get fantastic views west across Sentinal Rock and over towards El Cap. Turning the corner and there is a great sense of height and amazing views east towards Half Dome. Then of course you get Glacier Point at the end. It’s a hard uphill hike all the way though, and the trail narrows a bit at times but well worth it.

  3. andy Says:

    The trail from top of Yosemite Falls to Eagle Peak had a lot of snow and had pretty heavy runoff in June last year. You also have to hop/climb fallen trees while trying to stay with the trail.

  4. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    Thanks, Andy!

    We had a very, very late spring last year, and the Eagle Peak trail meadow can be a boggy mess.

    Some end of May in Yosemite, I’ve gotten hailed on, other years, I’ve roasted.

    Good idea to check in with rangers and wilderness permit folks for the most up-to-date conditions on trails like this!

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