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A new rule from the National Park requires a permit for the in-demand day hike.
Those hiking Half Dome this summer can go online beginning one week from today, on March 1, to secure a permit for their trek. The 16-mile hike, a grueling all-day adventure that is not for the faint of heart, has become so crowded with ambitious hikers wanting to stand atop Yosemite’s most recognizable granite feature that the park service will sell 400 permits for each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday in summer 2010 at $1.50 a piece. According to NPS.gov, the trail has been used by fewer than 400 people on weekdays, “while about 800 people used this trail on weekends and holidays, on average…Demand for permits will be very high; availability may last only a matter of minutes on the first day permits become available.”
Visit Recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777 starting at 7am (Pacific Time) Monday, March 1, 2010 for May and June hikes. July and August permits will be available April 1, 2010.
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