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Yosemite, CA — Climbers on your mark, get ready, go. The Yosemite National Park Half Dome Cable lottery reservations start tonight. The lottery reservation runs through Sunday, March 31, 2013. You can apply for up to six people a day for seven different dates. If you get picked Park officials will let you know in early April. A maximum of 300 hikers will be allowed on the Half Dome cables per day. Reservations for the permit lottery can be made online at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Park officials say it doesn’t matter when you apply over the month. All applications will be put into the lottery. Also if you don’t get picked you still have another chance to climb the cables. Approximately 50 additional daily permits will be available each day by lottery during the hiking season. These permits are made available based on the average number of no-shows and cancellations from the pre-season lottery. The permits must be applied for two days in advance of your desired hiking date. Reservations for the two-day in advance permits can also be made through

Click here for more lottery information.

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