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New Post 2/8/2012 7:20 PM
  mary22
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Yosemite Will Limit Hikes on Half Dome 
Just came across this article while doing some Internet surfing about Yosemite National Park limiting the number of hikers going up and down Half Dome every year. Pretty much have some mixed feelings about it. My husband and I love hiking and we've been up here a number of times, and it's really well worth the hike. But I agree. Going up and down here these days is just like going through the mall. There's just way too many hikers at one time that you lose the fun and relaxation you get to enjoy while hiking. Then again, the 400 lottery limit that they have initiated is a bit too restrictive that it looks like our trip up here last year may be the last one in a very long time.

Has anyone visited this place? Share your thoughts!
 
New Post 2/12/2012 8:19 PM
  Maggie
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Re: Yosemite Will Limit Hikes on Half Dome 
After seeing the picture, it's no wonder why the management are planning on limiting the number of hikers here. Going up and down with so many people makes hiking stressful and not relaxing. I'm also interested to see on how they plan to do the lottery. You're right. 400 hikers per year is really a very low number, but if you think about it, it's also a good thing. It can compel hikers to try out other hiking trails. The country is so full of really great places to hike around just waiting to be discovered.
 
New Post 2/13/2012 7:40 PM
  josh54
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Re: Yosemite Will Limit Hikes on Half Dome 
Wow! I heard that the crowd there was bad, but I never expected it to be that bad! Hats off to the management for doing something about it. Yeah, there will be a lot of complaints for a while, but if it means that it can preserve Half Dome so that our kids and their kids can enjoy it just as much as we do now, it's definitely going to be welcome thing. Is that 400 hiker limit for per month or per year?
 
New Post 2/14/2012 7:46 PM
  madidi
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Re: Yosemite Will Limit Hikes on Half Dome 
I'm really glad to hear that the management is doing something to make sure that the really nice places to visit in the park are maintained and kept well. Limiting the number of hikers to 300 a day is quite reasonable. That's still a lot of hikers going up and down Half Dome, but it sure is a big improvement from the 1,200 that they estimated that's hiking on Half Dome right now.
 
New Post 2/15/2012 7:48 PM
  lizzpreto
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Re: Yosemite Will Limit Hikes on Half Dome 
I certainly hope that they would put some priority to those that haven't been to Half Dome when they do the lottery. I haven't been to Half Dome yet, and we were actually planning on going here this summer. But with the lottery and all that new changes, I guess we're going to just have our fingers crossed and hope that we get picked.
 
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