Yosemite: Fewer people should climb Half Dome

Yosemite National Park officials say lowering the number of permits to Half Dome is the best option for maintaining the wilderness character at the popular hiking spot.

    1. Image:

      Where to celebrate the Year of the Dragon

      Beginning Jan. 23, major Chinese New Year celebrations will be held in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and many other cities around the world, including these five U.S. cities.

    2. Woman says US Airways lost husband’s ashes

    3. Turbulence injures crew on Miami-bound flight

    4. Advertised airfares soon will reflect what you pay

    5. Southwest ‘evolves’ with lighter load, tighter space

Slideshow: National spectacles (on this page)

Officials recommended a 300-per-day limit in their draft of the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan released Tuesday, following years of study.

Last year, officials instituted a lottery system that allows 400 hikers per day to tackle the 400-foot ascent up the granite shoulder of the dome.

Before that, as many as 1,200 park visitors would attempt the popular hike each day, creating congested and dangerous conditions on the cables that provide handholds on the slick granite.

Public comment on the report will be accepted through March 15.

Other options on the table range from requiring no permits at all to removing the safety cables.

Related stories:

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *