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.
Cables went up on the path to Half Dome at Yosemite National Park on Friday, park officials said. Permits to hike the summit are still available by lottery.
The number of hikers allowed to scale Yosemite’s iconic Half Dome could be severely restricted by 2013 if an environmental assessment of the wilderness area is approved.
Yosemite National Park officials say lowering the number of permits to Half Dome is the best option for maintaining the wilderness character at the popular hiking spot.
20 years ago, a paraplegic Yosemite National Park ranger and his climbing partner successfully scaled the 4,000 foot face of Half Dome.
A Los Gatos man died at Yosemite National Park on Monday when he fell from the face of Half Dome, the National Park Service said Wednesday.
A 26-year-old San Ramon woman died Sunday after she fell from the Half Dome cables at Yosemite National Park, according to park officials.
Yosemite National Park has a pest problem: ticket scalpers who are selling the limited camping reservations at exorbitant prices.
Permits will be available up to four months in advance, with those for May and June going on sale on March 1.
Permits soon will be required to scale Half Dome in Yosemite National Park on all days, not just weekends and holidays.