Permits and scalpers

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

To request, trade or give permits, Click HERE.

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

   During my trip to Yosemite this past weekend, I met with park officials and the word is that there is no strong evidence of massive computer generated programs snatching up dozens of permits as was reported in the media. An ABC TV story was an extrapolation by the reporter and not based on any facts from the park. It appears that the Half Dome permit purchases were generally done by regular Joes & Janes like us. The scalpers who are appearing asking for $100 and up per permit are small time mugs who don’t have a ton to sell.

     Merced River Plan Recreation Workshop will be held via webinar for us flatlanders on Wed May 25 from 1-4 pm. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a common understanding of recreation activities and related resource protection along the Merced River. Social Scientist Bret Meldrum and Park Planner Jim Bacon and others will present an overview of current recreation conditions and managerial considerations. Try to attend via your computer. Go to to register.

   Recent photo of Tioga Road….it’s gonna be along time ’til it gets plowed.  

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “We live in a fast-paced society.  Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


13 Responses to “Permits and scalpers”

  1. Sönke Says:

    Caltrans is projecting Highway 108 Sonora Pass and Highway 4 Ebbetts Pass will be open late Friday (5/27). Make sure to check Caltrans website before though before you leave home. 😉

    My prediction for Tioga Road still stands: 7/1 🙂

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      You don’t think any traffic will be allowed to pass along the entire length of Tioga road before July 1? I will say it will open (EVEN IF PARTIALLY -DAY USE) earlier. So, normally, if Tioga is still closed in late June, you can get up to the Tioga Entrance station from Lee Vining?

      • Sönke Says:

        From experience it’s safe to assume that there’ll be a partial opening prior to end of June but as mentioned in another thread it’s more likely to be from the Crane Flat area.

        But from the latest pics, videos, backcountry reports and plowing updates I have a hard time to believe it’ll be open anytime soon. Just look at the amazing picture Rick has posted in today’s blog.

        Caltrans direct Tom Hallenbeck made a reference that the projected opening date could be 6/30.

        The road from Lee Vining to the Entrance station already has been plowed. Check out this awesome video on Youtube:

        As you can see the road from Lee Vining looks pretty good.

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      Except all the snow in Rick’s picture is off on the side of Tioga. Looks to me like the roadway itself is plowed down to the blacktop, even though the roadway itself is mostly out of the frame. I have seen that near My Rainier. You drive down a perfectly plowed blacktop road with hardly a flake of snow. On the edge of each side is a wall of snow 10-20 feet high, it can be very scary!

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      Funny thing is, I drove Tioga Road for the first time July 5th 2009, and there was practically no snow anywhere along Tioga Road.

      • Sönke Says:

        Tioga Road will be partially open – for bicycles – from Crane Flat to Yosemite Creek Bridge.

  2. Sönke Says:

    More snow coming:

  3. Dean Says:

    Just wondering what happens when all that white stuff melts…Yosemite Valley looking a bit like Hetchy Hetchy?

  4. Maureen Lahiff Says:

    The Great Flood of January 1997 was due to extremely unusual air flow.

    The storm was rain and not snow, even at high altitude, and it was so warm that snow melted.

    The most impressive of the “water was this high” signs is at the classic turnout for the gates of the valley photo snap, on the valley loop road just before the Pohono Bridge.

    The park has video up on its website, and someone has it on you tube.

    There were major floods all throughout northern California, not just on the Merced. Counties in the Bay Area also had disasters — floods, road washouts, etc.

    • Roberto Hernandez Says:

      Soooo, an 80 Degree persistently drenching rain in the California high country anytime soon would be a disaster of monumental proportions!

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