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Half Dome 2014 Information:

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week when the cables are up (as called for in the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan in order to protect wilderness character, reduce crowding, protect natural and cultural resources, and improve safety.) A maximum of 300 hikers are allowed (about 225 day hikers and 75 backpackers) each day on the Half Dome Trail beyond the base of the sub-dome.

Applicants for Half Dome permits must specify the name of the group leader and may specify the name of an alternate trip leader. Each person may apply as a group leader or alternate trip leader only once. People applying multiple times as a group leader or alternate trip leader will have all permits canceled. Permits will only be valid if the group leader and/or alternate trip leader specified on the permit is present at the base of the sub-dome (where rangers check permits) with the remainder of the group using the permit. The names of the trip leader and alternate may not be changed once the application is submitted. Permits are not transferable.

Daily Lottery: May 21- October 12
The daily lottery is the only way to apply for any remaining permits once the preseason lottery is complete. Approximately 50 permits will be available each day by lottery during the hiking season. These permits will be available based on the estimated rate of under-use and cancellation of permits (the exact number may change through the summer). The daily lotteries have an application period two days prior to the hiking date with a notification late that night. (So, to hike on Saturday, you would apply on Thursday and receive an email notification of results late on Thursday night. Results will also be available online, or by phone the next morning.)The application period is from midnight to 1 p.m. Pacific Time.

Two separate fees are collected. The first fee, which is charged at the time you submit an application, is $4.50 (internet application). This non-refundable fee, which is per application (not per person), is charged by for the costs of processing your permit application.
The second fee is $8 per person and is charged only when you receive a permit. (This fee also applies to wilderness permit holders.) The $8 fee is fully refundable if you cancel your permit more than two days before the hiking date specified on your permit or if the cables are not up on the date for which permit is valid.
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