It looks like hikers will need to be a little more proactive when it comes to scaling Yosemite’s iconic natural monument known as Half Dome. Starting in the 2010 hiking season, Yosemite will begin issuing permits to make the climb, limiting the number of persons to 400 per day.
For now, the permits will only be utilized on the weekends (Fri-Sun) and holidays, and will, consequently, result in hundreds of hikers being turned away. The permits are free, though there is a $1.50 fee to reserve a permit, up to four per party. There are currently no limits on the number of hikers visiting during the week (Mon-Thur).