While talking to Amie, during her coffee break from helping her children with there homework, she told us that hikers, on the Half Dome summit trail, Yosemite National Park, will be limited to 300 permits a day.
She went on to say, in 2010 a permit program was put in place for the popular hiking trail, and now the permits will be an ongoing policy, according to a park spokesman.
After we were told this by Amie, we did research for more information and we found out that the Half Dome summit trail that takes hikers to the summit of the granite's dome, which is 8,8000 ft. above sea level. Because there is a steep incline to the dome, hikers uses a set of cables to go up and down. The daily use of these cables had to be limited, which the park authorities did in 2010: there were 500-1000 visitors on a good day, which put a heavy strain on the cables.
These permits will be available in March through a lottery system, and two days before the hike do to cancelations. Mt Whitney, the highest point in the United States, uses a permit system too, but there is no lottery
For more information on how to obtain permits, call: 1-877- 444-6777. We would, also, like to thank Amie for telling us about the cables on Half Dome, Yosemite National Park.