How to give away Half Dome permits

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

To request, trade or give permits, Click HERE.

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   First off, a word to thanks for those who have downloaded my new FREE Half Dome HIke Guide on EveryTrail. If you missed the announcement, page back to yesterday’s blog. Be sure to get the FREE guide (not trip) not the $1.99 older one. (There’s a bit of confusing terminology.) It plays on iPhone or Android phones. Everytrail is part of the famous Trip Advisor and they have a ton of neat hikes that you can download.

     So just HOW do you give away a permit? It could be to your cousin, neighbor or a stranger thru this blog. The park has not given explicit directions until now. A good route is to just contact and cancel it. It will then be placed back in the pool for others to get. Now I am pleased to provide an official process to transfer the permits. This info came from the Wilderness Group.

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1.  How do I give or trade a permit? The simplest method is to print a hard copy of the permit and give it to someone.  If you are unable to print yourpermit from your confirmation notice, you can call at 1-888-448-1474 and they will email you an electronic version which is easier to print (or to transfer to someone else if you choose).You can also scan your hard copy and send an electronic file to someone else, or  you can fax it.

2. What If you have 4 permits and you will only be using 3 of them (or variations of the same question)? You could print out 4 copies of the permit, keep the 3 for your hiking party, and give the 4th one away.  You just have to be able to trust that the person you are giving it to doesn’t make additional copies and try to use those extras. The NPS rangers checking permits on the trail have a list of all permit holders and their number of permits. The rangers check off permits from their list as they are presented. Once a person’s allocated number of permits has been checked off, any additional copies of that permit that show up will not be considered valid. 

3.  How do I cancel a permit or reduce the number of hikers in my hiking party if all of them aren’t going on the hike? Go to your account at and  access current reservations, choose the specific reservation you want to cancel then click on the See Details box. When the details page for that reservation opens it will give the option to Cancel Reservation or to Update Permit Information. To cancel the entire permit follow the cancel reservations link. To reduce your group size follow the link for update permit information.  Change the number of your group size as desired, then hit Confirm Changes at the bottom of the page. 

Note: If a person has already printed, or attempted to print their permit, they will not have the option of cancelling their permit – either on line or over the phone.  They must then give away the permit (see above). 

Unrelated thought worth quoting: As a nation we are dedicated to keeping physically fit – and parking as close to the stadium as possible.” – Bill Vaughan 

*MrHalfDome – Rick Deutsch –


16 Responses to “How to give away Half Dome permits”

  1. Carey Says:

    Suprised I haven’t seen any mention here of the change in the Yosemite campground reservation process that went into effect yesterday. Changing names on reservations is no longer permitted, ID is required to be shown upon arrival, name on ID must match name on reservation. Later this year, sites that become available due to canceled reservations will not go back into online inventory – available by phone only. These changes are all intended to thwart “bots” from snapping up all reservations online. Could we see similar changes in the Half Dome permit process?

    • mrhalfdome Says:


      It was mentioned by Ginnie a few comments back.

      The process does not apply to Half Dome permtis, so business as usual. There will be people who for good reasons cannot be online at 7 am Pacific time. So they have NO alternative way to get permits. At least now they can have prayer thru this blog. A multi-dimensional problem. Supply and demand. With 7 billion on earth we may be having this process for food distribution.


    • Robert Brenner Says:

      It is my wife’s 50th birthday and we are in Yosemite today-7/1. We would like to climb Half Dome tomorrow. If you have any unused permits, by some chance, please call us at 973-202-5726 or 973-202-6125 or contact us by email Thank you!

  2. Mark Says:

    Still no update on the status of the cables. It’s been almost two weeks since the last news on Recreation’s web site. Nice to see that the “weekly update” isn’t so weekly. Any information would be great as there are a lot of people with permits that are holding their breaths.

    • Scott Baines Says:

      Bit of an update here:

      Steep snowfields remain on the summit and steps of subdome along the Half Dome Trail, Travel on these snowfields has the potential to be extremely hazardous. Because of this, the Half Dome cables are not expected to be put in place before June 17. The trail will be re-evaluated on June 14 and an updated conditions report posted on June 15.


  3. Roy Lowe Says:

    I was a fat Florida flatlander that failed in my attempt to hike up Half Dome last summer. Now 50 lbs lighter. I want to try again. I will be in Calfiornia to officiate the wedding of my best friend’s daughter on July 9. My friend and his son made it to the top on our hike , but I was too winded to make it – ran out of daylight due to frequent stop to catch my breath. I will be in California thru July 21 and would very much like to get a permit to complete what I attemepted to do last year. Please contact me if you can help. Thanks, Roy Lowe. My email is My phone is 863-512-0677.

  4. Daniel Gradin Says:

    Hi All,

    Thanks for this site! I have 2 Half Dome Permits for July 4 and was wondering if anyone wanted to trade. I am looking to make the climb on 7/2 or 7/3 instead of 7/4. So anyone looking to make a trade so that you can climb on Independence Day, please contact me. Enjoy it all.

    Daniel Gradin
    Mobile 267-718-7878

  5. willl dixon Says:

    I am looking for a permit to climb Half Dome with my 10 year old daughter. We struck out on the web both 5/1/ and 6/1, and i am not going to be near a computer on Friday, 7/1. we are happy to go in Sept or even October for a group of 4. Any way you can help please call or email. Tx,


  6. Todd Evans Says:

    Hi Everyone – I have two permits for Saturday, July 30th that I’m looking to trade for July 26th, 27th, 28th or 29th. You can reach me at


  7. Rigo Contreras Says:


    I currently got 3 permits for Oct, 9 I was looking to trade for an earlier weekend in September, I was trying for 4 permits but only 3 were available. If your interested let me know.

    Rigo Contreras

  8. Bryce & Heidi Says:

    We are looking for 2 half dome permits for sept 1st or 2nd. Please email if anyone has extra tickets.

  9. Mary Jane Cooper Says:

    I have four permits for July 27 and would like to trade for three permits on July 25. Anyone?

  10. Rick Mainwaring Says:

    I am looking for 4 half dome permits for Thursday, August 11th. I have friends visiting from Norway and would like to take them on this great hike. Any help would be appreciated.

  11. Stacey Says:

    Looking for at least 1 but ideally 2 permits for Wed July 27th…or Thr July 28th. Thanks.

  12. steve Says:

    looking for permits (2 to 3) for either sep 15, 16 or 17 of 2011 for half dome. please let me know if you have any.

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