From the monthly archives:

April 2010

Half Dome Permits

by Ted on April 15, 2010

Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are now required on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays when the cables are up. This is an interim measure to increase safety along the cables while the park develops a long-term plan to manage use on the Half Dome Trail.

Beginning in 2010, all people using the Half Dome Trail above the subdome must have a permit in possession on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays when the cables are up. (In 2010, federal holidays are May 31, July 5, Sept. 6, and Oct. 11.) A maximum of 400 permits will be issued each of these days (300 of these permits are available to day hikers). (Before the permit system, fewer than 400 people used this trail on weekdays, while about 800 people used this trail on weekends and holidays, on average.)

In 2010, permits are available up to about four months in advance to one week in advance only through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). Permits are not available in the park or on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand for permits will be very high; availability may last only a matter of minutes on the first day permits become available. Each permit has a service fee of $1.50 (which covers the cost of NRRS processing the permit; Yosemite does not receive any money).

Note: Backpackers with an appropriate wilderness permit can receive a Half Dome permit when they pick up their wilderness permit with no additional reservation required. Rock climbers who reach the top of Half Dome without entering the subdome area can descend on the Half Dome Trail without a permit.

The Half Dome Cables are usually in place and available for use the weekend before Memorial Day, conditions permitting. The last day to use them usually is Columbus Day Monday. We can not guarantee the cables will be available on any given date. If you choose to get a permit for dates in May or October, there is an increased chance the cables will not be in place.

If you are unable to hike Half Dome for any reason (including weather, cables not available, illness, etc.) on the day you have a permit, we will not be able to provide a permit for a different date.


Yosemite Falls-Best in Years

by Ted on April 8, 2010

If this national park were a man-made theme park, the theme would be "waterfalls". Nowhere else in the world is there such a concentration of major waterfalls. Ribbon and Upper Yosemite rank among the worlds’ highest, Bridalveil, Yosemite, and Vernal among the best known. From almost any point on the valley floor one can see at least one waterfall. From Sierra Point one can see four major and several minor falls.
The majestic Yosemite Waterfalls are iconic symbols of scenic beauty as they are set in impossibly scenic valleys and canyons. It’s no wonder why Yosemite National Park is California’s Waterfall Mecca. In springtime of a year with abundant snowfall there are dozens of ephemeral falls, a person could spend days trying to see them all.

Every year, millions of visitors pay homage to Yosemite National Park’s grandeur and beauty. It’s one of those places that you’ve got to see at least once in your life – especially this April, May and early June when the waterfalls thunder as they tumble and plunge their way down from vertical cliffs at least 1000ft tall!
The concentration of towering cataracts within its incomparable Valley as well as its variety of falls outside the Valley will delight you. In addition to the famous Yosemite Waterfalls such as Yosemite Falls (one of the tallest waterfalls in the world) and Bridalveil Fall, you can find the classic Vernal Fall, the unusual Waterwheel Falls, and the ephemeral Horsetail Falls (a photographer’s challenge) among others. Couple that with landmarks (such as El Capitan and Half Dome) and you couldn’t ask for a better place to see waterfalls. You can watch this short video to understand the amazing beauty that awaits you.Oakhurst, CA is your perfect base camp for your visit to Yosemite. The 10 mile between Oakhurst and Yosemite is largely forested, and like Yosemite, waterfalls and scenic beauty abound here as well. Plan your visit today; to see these amazing waterfalls that are guaranteed to put on one of the best shows Mother Nature will give in our lifetimes. Visit: for more information.