If you love Yosemite and visit regularly - summer starts this
"A lot of people mark the start of the Yosemite summer as
the cables being put up in place because that is one of the main
hikes to do in the park."
Park Ranger Kari Cobb says typically the cables don't go up
until mid-to-late June. But since the park received so little
snowpack this past winter - 50% of normal - the trail is free of
Metal cables and wooden planks are placed along the steep
shoulder of the dome to help hikers to the summit. But Cobb says
even with that help, the 17 mile trek is a workout.
"We always do suggest that if you're thinking about hiking
Half Dome take a little bit of time to exercise and to train and
spend a little bit of time at high elevation as the top of the dome
is almost at 9,000 feet."
You have to have a permit to hike Half Dome. Most of the
permits were given out earlier this year. But about 50 permits per
day are available through a lottery.