The cables on Half Dome in Yosemite National Park will be taken down on Wednesday, October 15, marking the official closing of the Half Dome Trail for the season. The last day to hike Half Dome is Tuesday, October 14.
The cables extend approximately 300 yards up the steep shoulder to the 8,842-foot dome. They give access to the summit and to the unparalleled views of Yosemite Valley and the surrounding mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
The Sierra Club funded the installation of the first cables on Half Dome in 1919; the Civilian Conservation Corps replaced the original cables in 1934.
The cables will be re-installed at the beginning of the summer season in 2004.