Did your ambitions for 2012 include hiking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park? The 16-mile round trip hike that climbs 4,800 vertical feet may be getting even tougher. The LA Times reports that Yosemite National Park officials are debating further restrictions on the permit system that regulates the trail to the top of Half Dome.
Motivated by a desire to curb the scalping of hiking permits received through the permit lottery and the mission to prevent deaths on the trail like those that occurred in 2011, the park is considering throttling back the number of hikers allowed to hike to Half Dome each day from 400 to 300. Comments on the new proposal can be made through March 15, 2012 on the Yosemite National Park website. Even with further restrictions, the hike up Half Dome will remain a worthwhile and memorable experience.