Half Dome cables day use permits for the 2014 hiking season will be available for reservation starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 1, through Monday, March 31, 2014. Permits to hike to the top of Half Dome are required seven days per week and reservations will be distributed via a lottery system. Successful parties will be notified in mid-April. A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the Half Dome cables per day.
Reservations for the permits can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Approximately 50 subsequent daily permits will be available each day by lottery during the hiking season. These permits are made available based on the number of no-shows and cancellations from the pre-season lottery. The permits must be applied for two days in advance of the desired hiking date. Reservations for the two-day in advance permits can also be made through www.recreation.gov.
Hiking to the top of Half Dome is one of the most popular hikes in Yosemite National Park. The iconic granite monolith, at 8,842 feet above sea level, attracts people from all over the world who attempt to climb to the summit. Most visitors ascend Half Dome via the cables, which are typically in place from mid-May through mid-October. Most visitors begin and end their hike at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley. This is an approximately 17 mile round-trip journey.
National Parks around the country offer wildlife viewing, film festivals, and ranger guided walks and talks year-round. Here is a listing of a few of our favorite events in the National Parks this March.
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Photo: Camping in Yosemite National Park in the 1920s | National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection
The Wilderness Act of 1964 will celebrate its 50th birthday on September 3, 2014. More than 300 events will take place across the country to commemorate the historic act of nature preservation and conservation.Learn more about the history of the wilderness act and what a wilderness designation means.
In honor of the 50th birthday of the Wilderness Act, About Camping asked are your favorite wilderness areas; the votes are in and the Top 5 U.S. Wilderness Areas have been decided. For more information on events or how you can participate in wilderness celebrations, see this list of wilderness resources.
Photo: Minaret Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California. | © Monica Prelle
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Spring break is a great time to pack up the car and hit the road with your best buddies or girlfriend. Whether it is your first time camping, or you are just looking forward to some time outdoors, we have some resources to help you plan your spring break camping trip. From campground apps to stargazing calendars and top spring break destinations, we've got you covered on your spring break camping getaway.
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