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Yosemite To Keep Half Dome Cables, Continue Permit Limits

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Half Dome seen from the road to Glacier Point in Yosemite. (David McNew /Newsmakers)

Half Dome seen from the road to Glacier Point in Yosemite. (David McNew /Newsmakers)

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (CBS/AP) – Climbing Yosemite’s Half Dome is one of the national park system’s most iconic hikes in the nationwide system, but on Friday officials announced approval of a plan that permanently limits how many can do it.

National Park Service authorities will issue permits to limit the number of hikers to 300 a day, the target number since an interim plan was approved in 2010 to reduce congestion in a wilderness area and make the hike safer.

The park also decided to keep in place the metal cables that hikers can use on the 45-degree final ascent up the slick granite.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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