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Half Dome's cables come out May 11

Half Dome, which rises 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley, is one of the world's most popular hikes but can be dangerous in wet weather, which exacerbates the slipperiness of the smooth granite.
Half Dome, which rises 4,800 feet above Yosemite Valley, is one of the world's most popular hikes but can be dangerous in wet weather, which exacerbates the slipperiness of the smooth granite. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

According to Yosemite National Park officials, the Half Dome Cables will be in place for visitor use beginning this Friday, May 11. The trail will be wet and icy in places and visitors planning to ascend Half Dome are encouraged to be prepared for wet and cool hiking conditions.

There is a daily lottery for a limited number of permits which are required to ascend the Half Dome Cables. This lottery opens Wednesday, May 9, for the summer season. These permits are available online through the daily lottery operated by www.recreation.gov.

To apply for a daily lottery permit, applications are accepted from 12:01 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. two days in advance of the intended hiking date. Lottery applicants may request up to six permits.

Day use permits are required to ascend the Half Dome cables 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A $10 application fee will be charged for each application, and a $10 permit fee will be charged for each permit issued.

Day use permits cannot be obtained in person through any office in Yosemite National Park. Permit applicants must use their legal name when applying for a permit and a matching government-issued ID is required at the permit check point.

Overnight use permits are available through the Yosemite National Park Wilderness Center. For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/wildpermits.htm.

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