Half Dome day-use permits available on Friday

local@modbee.comFebruary 28, 2013 


Morgan Pereira, 15, grasps the cables near the summit on the final -- and most challenging -- leg of her initial hike up Half Dome in Yosemite Park. (Carl Costas/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

CARL COSTAS — Merced Sun-Star

Half Dome cables day-use permits for the 2013 hiking season will be available by reservation starting Friday through March 31.

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week and reservations will be distributed via a lottery system. Successful parties will be notified in early April. A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the cables per day.

Reservations for the permits can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Approximately 50 subsequent daily permits will be available each day by lottery during the hiking season. The permits must be applied for two days in advance of the desired hiking date. Reservations for the two-day in advance permits also can be made through www.recreation.gov.

For more information on the day hike, click here.

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