Half Dome Cables in Yosemite National Park To open

The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be in place and open for the season on Friday, Yosemite National Park officials said.{}

The cables provide access to the summit of Half Dome, one of Yosemite's most popular hikes.

Visitors are required to have a permit to ascend the Half Dome cables seven days per week. Permits were distributed through a lottery system that ended in March. About 50 permits per day are available through a two day in advance lottery, however.

Visitors without a Half Dome permit wishing to hike the cables may enter the lottery two days in advance of their planned day hike by visiting or by calling 1-877-444-6777.